Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen
The Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) has tasked telecommunications companies in Nigeria to ensure that their networks are prepared to provide good Quality of Service(QoS) during Christmas and new year festive activities.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Dambatta, made the call at the weekend at the grand finale of the NCC-Sponsored Telecoms Cup Tennis Tournament in Lagos.
According to him, the yuletide was not like any other period of the year in terms of service usage because festive period would always witness increased traffic across telecoms networks.
Dambatta, who was represented by a Deputy Director at the Commission Secretariat, Mr. Jerry Ugwu, charged operators to be prepared to fully cater for subscribers’ reliance on voice, data and short messaging service (SMS) in the period.
According to him, “NCC’s message on a good Quality of Service (QoS) is always consistence to serve the interest of all- operators, subscribers and stakeholders, despite that the players are believed to know the dynamics of the market and understand the demand flow as well.
He said, “This is a period that traffic is higher and so, operators must be prepared to meet the demand because it brings business to them, and they too would not be happy should bad quality of service lead subscribers to deserting their (operators’) networks,” he said.
The telecoms regulator also called attention of operators to migration of traffic from major cities to the hinterland which might lead to the emergence of the need to adjust service distribution within the period.
Meanwhile, the final game for the tournament between Nishant Abi and Walter Eze closed at 6-1; 6-1 with Eze, a veteran who had represented Nigeria in international tournaments in the past and already in his 50s lost to Abi in the exciting match.
Also, Nishant and his partner won the Men’s Double in the tournament.
In his remark, the Vice Chairman, Tennis Section of Ikoyi Club, Mr. Sunny Onegbu, commended the NCC for putting efforts into sustaining sponsorship of tennis competitions to rejuvenate the game in Nigeria, stressing that the sport was almost dying because of lack of sponsorship.
“A long time ago, tennis used to be a very popular sport in Nigeria but not again. Today, it is football that attracts a lot of sponsorship because it is very popular. So, the fact that the NCC is putting in a lot of energy around sponsoring tennis should be appreciated. This is good for the younger ones coming up and also, most of us that are still playing,” Onegbu said.
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