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NCC Gives N2.5 Million Grant for Nomadic Base Station Research

June 16, 2014

mmanuel Okwuke

Senior IT. Correspondent The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has presented N2.5 million to the lead research on the implementation of Software-Based Nomadic Base Station. Also, the telecoms sector regulator has commissioned its Advanced Digital Awareness Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI) and Digital Access Programme (DAP) projects in over 297 institutions of higher learning and secondary technical schools across the country.

The NCC had invited research proposals from tertiary institutions in the country to promote telecoms-based innovations from the academia as a critical aspect of the Commission's mandate.

The promotion of ICT Research & Development Innovations from the academia has been captured in the Commission's Strategic Management Plan, 2014 - 2018.

The presentation of this grant to the lead researcher, Dr. Victor Olugbemiga Matthews of the Covenant University, for the "Implementation of a Software-based Nomadic Base Station (NBS)" is the culmination of a detailed process of evaluation of the concept to ascertain its integrity and capacity to add value to the Communications Industry, according to information circulated by NCC via social media.

The concept was evaluated along with 10 other research proposals by professionals from the academia, industry, the public sector and the regulator who rated the research proposal Dr. Olugbemiga as the most preferred submission.

The commission said it was guided by this informed decision of the professionals and the claim of the researchers that the portable NBS is realisable locally and capable of boosting the capacity of contiguous cell sites to cope with unplanned traffic surge at places of big events and high telecommunication usage, thereby mitigating the incidences of drop calls and other poor quality of service issues.

The role of the NCC in this project is to provide a grant to the researchers to produce the research proposal to prototype. If the Prototype is robust and competitive, there should be investors to fund its mass production to the mutual benefit of collaborators.

In a related development, the NCC has commissioned its ADAPTI and DAP projects in several institutions of higher learning and secondary technical schools across the federation.

ADAPTI is one of the programmes through which the Commission introduced to bridge the digital divide existing in the academia with the provision of computers and other ICT facilities to equip lecturers and other experts in order to improve their ICT skills and also to enrich the students.

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Source: AllAfrica

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