Since the internet became part and parcel of our existence and communication became more than a piece of telephone box, everything at home and the work place has changed. Technology convergence has opened new frontiers for social and business engagements. Banks have gone into mobile phone and schools have become web based platforms.
There are more countless possibilities and increasing numbers of once unfathomable vistas that have changed the way we live and the way global economy operates..
Just one window may serve as your broadcast receiver, your World Wide Web platform, your ecommerce place and your everything, there is no more definable walls or limits; there are just connecting pipes, platforms, contents, people, innovations, and the ubiquitous regulators grappling with thinning lines of once separate technologies as convergence take firmer foothold.
Benefit of convergence
1) Convergence creates possibilities for companies to develop and deliver services across technology platforms, and for users to get access to new kinds of communication and media services
2) Promotes the expansion of competition, allowing the introduction of intermodal competition where networks and technologies compete with each other with no technological or regulatory restrictions
3) Reduces costs of telecommunications services
4) Fosters the development of more efficient technologies and services
5) Opens the door for new ways for people to obtain Internet access
Are we getting benefit convergence in Nigeria
•The advantages of convergence are there and end customers are getting advantages at a high cost
•Four of the MNO’s which have been largely made it possible due to technology convergence. Because of the IP based infrastructure. Voice, data and video services are being carried on the same network
•Low QOS across services due to lack of required infrastructure
•Availability of the services in other parts of country other than Lagos,
Convergence Infrastructure Challenges
•Lack of Carrier Neutral Peering Points and Interconnection Centers
•Lack of Adequate Transmission Network – Local and Long Distance
•Lack of Finance to acquire adequate core network equipment
•Lack of Regulation on OTT and Mobile Money Services means
operators not willing to commit network infrastructure for converged
MEDALLION COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED – AN ENABLER OF CONVERGED SERVICES IN NIGERIA
Providing fully converged network services involving traditional voice, VOIP, SMS, MMS, IPTV , etc
•There is no ideal or perfect way of responding to the process of convergence.
Convergence has been acknowledged as a relevant trend that has the potential
for disrupting the market and existing governance structures and regulation.
•This awareness has led to regulatory adjustments for instance, licensing has
started transiting from the era of granting individual licenses for all conceivable
undertakings to the issuance of class licenses and general authorizations.
•Individual licenses are now mostly limited to those seeking scarce resources or
deploying networks on a significant scale.
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