The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has emphasized the crucial role of disruptive technologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and Machine Learning, among others, in the survival and growth of businesses. The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, delivered this advice during the 2023 edition of the Information, Communication, Technology and Telecommunications (ICTEL) conference.
According to Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, these technologies have been widely adopted worldwide to enhance productivity and ensure sustainability. He acknowledged the ever-evolving nature of technology, with advancements occurring at an unprecedented pace in recent years.
The NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman highlighted the ongoing 4th Industrial Revolution driven by the Internet, wherein various facets of ICTs are dramatically changing people’s lives and reshaping economic, social, and cultural paradigms globally.
Among the disruptive technologies listed by Prof Danbatta are Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain Technology, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Fifth Generation (5G), and other emerging technologies. These innovations have demonstrated immense potential in transforming industries and business models.
The NCC’s call for businesses in Nigeria to adapt to these disruptive technologies underscores the need for enterprises to embrace innovation and leverage cutting-edge solutions for sustained growth and relevance in the ever-changing business landscape.
“Today, we find ourselves amid a digital revolution, where the boundaries between physical and virtual worlds are blurring. So, as we navigate the era of tech disruptions, it is crucial for businesses to embrace innovation and adapt to the changing landscape.
“Companies that are agile and willing to experiment with these emerging technologies will gain a competitive advantage in their respective industries,” Danbatta said.
The NCC CEO further assured that the NCC’s strategic management plan represents the Commission’s commitment to leveraging technology and innovation to transform industries and drive positive change.
“By embracing tech disruption, we are empowering individuals, businesses, and communities to thrive in the digital age. Together, let us build a Nigeria where technology is a catalyst for inclusive growth, innovation flourishes, and the benefits of connectivity reach every Nigerian,” the EVC said.
President of LCCI, Dr. Michael Olawale-Cole, who appreciated the Commission’s efforts in providing a predictable telecom regulatory environment, noted that the theme of this year’s edition of the ICTEL Expo had been carefully chosen considering the far-reaching impact disruptive technologies are having on businesses around the world.