Chief Executive Officer of Maraphone, Ashish Thakkar, has applauded the vision of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for its efforts towards broadband expansion and reviving the manufacturing of telecommunications devices in Nigeria.
Thakkar expressed this at the NCC Headquarters when he led the Management team of Maraphone, a mobile phone manufacturing company based in Africa, on a courtesy visit to the Commission to explore the possibility of establishing a mobile devices manufacturing plant in Nigeria for production of affordable smart phones.
The Chief Executive Officer of Maraphone said he was gratified by the positive interaction his team has had with NCC. Consequently, Maraphone has been inspired and is looking forward to the prospects of its planned project in Nigeria.
“This visit has been very fruitful and I am extremely impressed with the depth and breadth of what NCC is doing, the true impact that they are creating and the vision that they have for broadband deployment, and we are very excited to play our little role in helping this vision come to life,” said Thakkar.
In response, Professor Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman of the NCC, said that the telecoms industry in Nigeria needs manufacturing devices that Nigerians can use to access robust telecoms services.
“The NCC is trying to expand broadband connectivity by addressing infrastructure deficit in Nigeria and the Commission has already licensed six infrastructure companies that will be deploying broadband infrastructure in the country,” he said.
Danbatta while reiterating the commitment of the Nigerian government to the expansion of broadband facilities said “when the massive capacity in data at the landing point is driven into the hinterland, Nigerians will need affordable smartphones for accessing broadband services,” he noted.
The NCC Chief Executive, Professor Danbatta, who pledged to establish the correlation between the vision of the Commission and that of Maraphone affirmed that “All investors are welcome as the investment space is big and competition helps to bring down prices of quality and affordable services for Nigerians.”
Amaka E. Nliam