NCC Tasks Nigerian Businesses to Embrace AI, ML, Others

July 28, 2023

By Adedapo Adesanya

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and other groundbreaking technologies have the potential to revolutionise industries in the country.

Speaking at an event recently, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Mr Umar Danbatta, who was represented by Mr Alkasim Umar, the Director of the Consumer Affairs Bureau of NCC, said these technologies would shape healthcare, finance, manufacturing, and transportation sectors.

He said that AI-powered algorithms were enabling more accurate predictions, enhanced decision-making, and automation of mundane tasks.

According to Mr Danbatta, by using AI to analyse vast amounts of data, businesses can gain valuable insights and optimise their operations to deliver better products and services.

“Another tech disruption that is transforming industries is the Internet of Things (IoT). With the proliferation of connected devices, IoT is revolutionising how we interact with our surroundings.

“Industries such as agriculture, energy, and logistics are leveraging IoT to optimise resource usage, monitor equipment maintenance, and improve overall efficiency.

“IoT-enabled sensors and smart devices provide real-time data, enabling businesses to make informed decisions and optimise their processes,” he said at the recently concluded two-day 2023 ICTEL Expo organised by Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in Lagos.

He added that blockchain technology was another transformative force that was reshaping industries, especially in finance and supply chain management.

The NCC boss said that blockchain created decentralised and immutable ledgers, which ensured transparency, security, and efficiency in transactions.

He explained that the technology had the potential to streamline processes, reduce costs, and eliminate intermediaries, leading to greater trust and collaboration between business partners.

On the fifth generation network, Mr Danbatta said it was enabling new possibilities in areas such as autonomous vehicles, augmented reality, and telemedicine.

He added that the convergence of technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) was disrupting multiple industries, particularly in entertainment, education, and retail.

Mr Danbatta noted that VR and AR technologies offered immersive and interactive experiences that could transform how we learn, shop, and entertain ourselves.

“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.

“In line with our plan, we recognise that the rapid pace of technological advancement is disrupting industries across the globe. Nigeria is no exception,” Mr Danbatta said.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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