AfriTECH 3.0: Maida Urges Service Providers To Embrace TaaS

The Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Aminu Maida, has said that the convergence of Technology-as-a-Service and infrastructure deployment marks a new era in technological advancement.

He said the emergence of Technology-as-a-Service (TaaS) stands as a beacon of innovation, providing businesses with the tools to adapt, grow, and thrive in the ever-evolving dynamic environment.

Maida, who described this convergence as a paradigm that not only fosters innovation and growth but also democratizes access to cutting-edge solutions for businesses of all sizes, implored service providers to embrace this transformative concept.

Speaking while presenting his keynote address at the Africa Tech Alliance Forum (AfriTECH 3.0) held at the Providence Hotel, Ikeja GRA on Wednesday, Maida stressed the need for service providers to leverage infrastructure deployment to drive Technology-as-a-Service, which will propel the country into a future where technological barriers are minimized, and possibilities are limitless.

Represented by Mr. Reuben Muoka, Director, of Public Affairs at the NCC, Maida said that through infrastructure deployment within the TaaS model, businesses have the power to access and utilize cutting-edge technology, catering to their needs without the shackles of long-term commitments or heavy investments.

L-R: Chike Onwuegbuchi, Chairman, NITRA and Co-Convener, Africa Tech Alliance Forum (AfriTECH); Temitayo Oduwole, Head of IT and Payments at PalmPay; Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs at Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Peter Oluka, Editor, Techeconomy and Co-Convener, AfriTECH; Muhammad Rudman, CEO, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), and Gbolahan Awonuga, Head of Operations, Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), at AfriTECH 3.0 and ATAEx Awards 2023 held at The Providence Hotel, Ikeja Lagos, November 08, 2023.

“At the heart of the five pillars of the Strategic Blueprint of the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy is Infrastructure. The role of critical infrastructure in enabling TaaS cannot be overemphasized; it is thus the goal of the Commission to boost Nigeria’s broadband penetration rate to 70% by the end of 2025 through the laying of 95,000 kilometers of fibre optic cables across the country.

“In a similar vein, and line with the vision of the Ministry, we are targeting the provision of coverage for at least 80% of the country’s population, especially the underserved and unserved populations by the end of 2027,” Maida said.

The EVC, who stated that the deployment of infrastructure forms the backbone of TaaS, noted that by leveraging scalable and efficient infrastructure, organizations can harness cloud solutions, edge computing, and other advanced technologies, adding that the dynamic nature of infrastructure deployment ensures that businesses have the right tools at the right time without the constraints of physical infrastructure.

He stressed that the cornerstone of TaaS lies in its ability to revolutionise how technology deployment is approached, emphasising that traditionally, organisations would grapple with the complexities of infrastructure ownership and management, which is often a costly and inflexible endeavour.

“However, through infrastructure deployment within the TaaS framework, there is a paradigm shift where the burden of infrastructure ownership is alleviated, and the focus is shifted to accessibility, scalability, and service-oriented solutions.

While noting that the significance of TaaS is underpinned by infrastructure deployment, the NCC helmsman remarked that this marks a fundamental change in how businesses consume technology.

“It enables on-demand access to a vast array of technological resources and services, providing the flexibility to scale resources according to immediate needs, without the constraints of traditional ownership models. It is about unlocking the power of technology without being encumbered by the weight of infrastructure maintenance and management.

“This innovative approach carries with it a multitude of benefits. Firstly, it diminishes the financial burden by transforming capital expenditures into operational costs. This allows businesses to redirect resources to innovation and growth rather than fixed infrastructure expenses.

“Secondly, it offers unparalleled agility, enabling organisations to pivot, expand, or contract rapidly in response to market demands. Moreover, Infrastructure Deployment within TaaS ensures that the latest technologies and updates are readily available, eliminating the overhead of constant maintenance and upgrades,” Maida stated.

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