Nigeria: “MVNOs will help boost the country’s economy” – IT News Africa

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Juan Carlos Buitrago, Sales Director of JSC Ingenium

The recent award of 25 MVNO licenses in Nigeria opens a unique opportunity for the entry of new and innovative services and new value-added mobile offerings.

The overwhelming response to the Communications Commission’s offer of new licenses to operate as an MVNO has been more than positive and can be considered an achievement that positions Nigeria as one of the main drivers of the continent’s economy African. In a matter of months, Nigeria will go from four mobile operators – MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9Mobile – to almost 30 new ones, a step that will revolutionize the country’s telecommunications sector.

We spoke to Juan Carlos Buitrago, sales director of JSC Ingenium, to know the outlook for the sector, and he confirms that this strategy aims to increase competition in the mobile sector and help bring mobile telecommunications services to rural, isolated and underserved areas of the country. The continent’s most populous country has more than 226 million mobile lines, representing just over 100% mobile penetration. However, conversely, barely 60% of the population has access to mobile internet and only 4% of the population has access to 4G. It is undoubtedly in this scenario that MVNOs make the most sense as drivers of the mobile market.

What role do MVNOs play in the country?

JCB: New MVNOs finalize their mobile business strategies by choosing which mobile technology they will operate on, inevitably anticipating to find a solution that will allow them, on the one hand, to offer services on 4G and 5G, and on the other hand , to cope with the disconnection of existing networks.

MVNOs will help boost the country’s economy and bridge the digital divide by bringing connectivity and mobile services to all segments and regions of the country, creating jobs – directly and indirectly – and democratizing technology with new offers and competitive prices.

The figure of MVNOs thus becomes an asset for the country which is committed to boosting the mobile industry as one of the main engines of the economy. These new players face the exciting challenge of meeting the high demand for mobile connectivity in the country, which in less than a year has increased by 13.33%, reaching just over 26 million mobile lines.

What does the success of MVNOs depend on?

JCB: Their success will depend on a differentiating mobile business strategy, with a flexible business model and cutting-edge technology that allows them to stand out from the rest in terms of value and compete on an equal footing with other players in the industry. .

Technology is becoming a key element for these new MVNOs, who are no longer just looking for a turnkey solution -Core + BSS- to operate in 3G, 4G or 5G, but are also looking for a technology partner to help them make decisions on how to grow in the future and support them throughout the process.

At JSC Ingenium, we are committed to being our clients’ strategic partners. Our deployed solutions, depending on the country, support 3G, 4G and now also 5G, whether standalone, non-standalone, or what is now also called advanced 5G.

Why does JSC Ingenium play an important role in this award?

JCB: Our business strategy differentiates itself by offering a single solution to support all technologies. We are talking about a backwards interoperable solution, so that operators no longer need to deploy multiple platforms for each of the access technologies, with the cost savings that this implies. The other major advantage of our technology offering is that our solutions are independent of the physical infrastructure they run on, supporting any public cloud such as AWS or Azure.

Our experience in launching and operating MVNOs, with more than 100 virtual MVNOs deployed and operational and more than 500 sub-brands internationally, positions us as a benchmark technology publisher for these new projects. In addition to this experience, we also have a strong commitment to R&D and a strategic customer orientation, which we believe is undoubtedly a formula for success.

About JSC Ingenium

JSC Ingenium is a global provider of 4G/5G cores and BSS for CSPs. Founded in 1996, the company is building the future of telecommunications by providing comprehensive operations and management solutions to all types of communications service providers (MNOs and MVNOs). Its offering includes a wide range of core network technologies and 3G, 4G and 5G services, combined with business support systems (BSS) and tools for the supervision and operation of mobile operators.

JSC Ingenium deploys a very significant effort in R&D, devoting more than 45% of its technical resources to it. Currently, JSC Ingenium is firmly committed to 5G technologies, its philosophy – totally disruptive – and its ability to create a new concept of mobile networks.

Today, JSC Ingenium is deployed in 20 countries around the world, from Asia to Latin America, including major European countries such as Spain, Italy, France and the United Kingdom , serving more than 100 operators worldwide.

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