The Chief Executive Officer of Phase3 Telecom, Mr. Stanley Jegede, has said the firm would continue to pursue every legitimate avenue to expand broadband internet access in Nigeria and the West African region for its social and economic development.
Speaking at the just concluded Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) 2013 Forum in Abuja, Jegede stated that the development and provision of reliable broadband access was an important component required for social and development.
"We believe that improved access is important to the accomplishment of real development in Nigeria and the ECOWAS region. As a firm that has the relevant infrastructure that can help deliver such access, Phase3 Telecom has been in the forefront of promoting world-class communication access in Nigeria and the ECOWAS region. We want to continue to pursue the achievement of this using every acceptable means," he said.
According to him, the desire to continue to enhance access and demonstrate before people what broadband delivers, informed the decision of Phase3 Telecom to support the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation 2013 Forum which held in Abuja recently.
"Our decision to support the CTO 2013 Forum is consistent with our vision to promote the growth of the telecommunications industry in Nigeria and the West African region. We know that technology is a development enabler and the social and economic benefits that it provides are what we want to make our people have access to," he said.
Phase3 Telecom provided free broadband internet access to delegates at the CTO 2013 forum as well as live streaming of the event. This allowed people to watch the event online as the proceedings of the plenary sessions and other streamable segments of the forum unfold in real time. The arrangement, according to Jegede, confirmed Phase3's commitment to its promise of ensuring ease in user experience on its open access network, adding that the firm is ready to do beyond that.
"We are ready to deliver increased and easier access anywhere in Nigeria. Many people already saw the potential and services possible today by riding on our backbone for their services and the capacity is there for more organisations and individual," he affirmed.
He stated that since Nigeria was privileged to host the 2013 commonwealth event, there was need for everyone to give the needed support to subsequent event in the right way.
Hosted by the Nigerian Communications Commission on behalf of the Nigerian Government, the CTO Forum brought together Ministers, Senior Officials, Regulators, Universal Service Fund Administrators, Operators and Vendors for about five days to deliberate on using broadband access to provide innovative solutions in the commonwealth member states.
Among issues deliberated upon at the event were Future Networks, Internet Security and Cyber Security and Cloud Computing.