Stakeholders Challenge CTO on International Collaboration for Spectrum Allocation

Stakeholders Challenge CTO on International Collaboration for Spectrum Allocation 696 522 C-Suite Network
Shola Taylor

Emma Okonji

Following the global scarcity of spectrum frequencies, which is already affecting the rollout of broadband and other telecoms services in Nigeria, industry stakeholders have called on the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), to lead the way in international collaboration on spectrum management.

They were of the view that the CTO Secretary-General, Mr. Shola Taylor, who is a Nigerian, undertakes to increase CTO’s efforts in international coordination on spectrum issues.

The Minister of State for Information Technology, Pakistan, Anusha Rahman Ahmad Khan, and the CTO Secretary-General, led calls at the opening day of the Commonwealth Spectrum Management Forum 2017, which took place in London last week.

Although the minister and the CTO Secretary-General spoke extensively on the need for international collaboration for spectrum allocation and management among Commonwealth countries, the forum however, concluded that Taylor, who is the CTO Secretary-General, should raise the issue at International Telecoms Union (ITU) forum, where spectrum allocation and management are being addressed.

The CTO event was convened to enable international bodies, policymakers, telecoms regulators and experts from across the Commonwealth countries, to come together and share experiences in spectrum management.

According to Khan, “As we in Pakistan become more successful in connecting our citizens to the internet, so the demand on the spectrum is increasing. We are also looking to the future deployment of 5G and new technologies, so the use of new bands and spectrum sharing are ideas we will need to initiate. I call on the CTO to lead the way in sharing good practices and bringing different…