By Florence Onuegbu
In anticipation of increased service demands, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has called on telecommunications operators to strengthen Quality of Service (QoS) on their various networks in the festive season.
The Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta made the call at the grand finale of the NCC-sponsored Telecoms Cup Tennis Tournament in Lagos on Sunday.
Represented by Mr Jerry Ugwu, a deputy-director in the NCC, Danbatta said that the Yuletide period of the year always witnessed increased traffic on telecommunications networks.
He charged operators to be prepared to fully cater for subscribers’ reliance on voice, data and Short Messaging Service (SMS) during the period.
”NCC’s message on a good Quality of Service (QoS) is always consistent to serve the interest of all operators, subscribers and stakeholders, despite that the operators are believed to know the dynamics of the market and understand the demand flow as well.
”This is a period that traffic is higher and so, operators must be prepared to meet the demands because it brings business to them.
“They too will not be happy if bad quality of service should lead subscribers to deserting their (operators’) networks,” Danbatta said.
He called the attention of operators to migration of traffic from major cities to the hinterland, which might lead to the emergence of the need to adjust service distribution within the period.
Meanwhile, the final game of the tournament between Nishant Abi and Walter Eze closed at 6-1; 6-1 in favour of Nishant.
Nishant and his partner also won the Men’s Double of the tournament.
The Vice Chairman, Tennis Section of Ikoyi Club, Mr Collins Onuegbu, commended the NCC for putting efforts into sustaining the sponsorship of tennis competitions.
Onuegbu said that the sponsorship would rejuvenate the game in Nigeria, as the sport was almost dying because of lack of sponsorship.
”A long time ago, tennis used to be a very popular sport in Nigeria, but not again. Today, it is football that attracts a lot of sponsorship because it is very popular.
”So, the fact that NCC is putting in a lot of energy around sponsoring tennis should be appreciated. This is good for the younger ones coming up and also, most of us that are still playing,” he said.