The numerous benefits of broadband internet connection has been outlined to Imo state internet users by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). According to the commission, it offers higher-speed of data transmission as it has multi-sectorial advantages that manifest in all the sectors of the economy.
Highlighting the limitless opportunities open to all in terms of education, leisure and entertainment possibilities to Imo consumers at the 70th edition of Consumer Outreach Programme held in Owerri, capital of Imo state, the Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau of NCC, Mrs. Maryam Bayi, stressed the need to ensure that the broadband equipment are always safe and secure in order to have unhindered internet services.
The theme of the programme was “The Benefits of Broadband to Telecom Consumers” Speaking on the theme, Bayi said broadband allows one to access the internet in a higher speed, browse the web more effectively, download files faster, send and receive e-mails quicker, budget effectively as broadband comes at a fixed price, and easily share a connection to the internet amongst several personal computers (PCs) or other devices in the home, offices, as most broadband routers have wireless connectivity.
According to her, with broadband, education, healthcare, public safety and emergency response, economic and workforce development, and cheap telecoms services can be facilitated and made a lot easier, as a wide range of activities are achievable in a very short while, as against the bottleneck experienced in the past.
The outreach programme according to her was established by the commission to bring together consumers, service providers and the regulator on one platform to address consumer related issues. It also seeks to educate stakeholders particularly the telecom consumers on contemporary issues generating attention in the industry.
“At the NCC, the telecom consumers are the target beneficiary of all our activities and enjoy primary focus in terms of ensuring that they get the best of quality service, value for money spent, timely and fair redress of complaints and protection from unwholesome practices of some service providers”, she said.
According to her, the theme of the forum is very apt and cannot be more timely than now in view of the auction of 30MHZ bandwidth on the 2.3GHz spectrum slot conducted by the Commission in February 2014. Recently, also MainOne and HIS Consirtium were licensed as InfraCos for Lagos and North Central zone respectively.
She noted that further licensing process had commenced for five other InfraCos for the remaining geo-political zones of the country to provide metropolitan fibre and wholesale transmission service on a non-discriminatory, open access, and price regulated basis.
The NCC team, which comprises the Director/Commission Secretary, Mr. Felix Adeoye, Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs, Dr. Femi Atoyebi, Deputy Director/HOD, Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement, Mr. Idehen Efosa, Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Reuben Mouka, and Director, Special Duties, Ms. Funlola Akiola, were in Owerri to throw more light on the issue of broadband.
The event featured clarification from NCC and service providers, questions from consumers and suggestions on the way forward.
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