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“Convergence And Collaboration -Key To Value In The Digital TV Space..." Says Olusola Teniola, President, ATCON (Nigeria)

Olusola Teniola, the President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, believes that in order to create excellent stakeholder value and superior customer experience, the African media industry needs to deepen convergence and collaboration between the telecom and broadcasting sectors.
Olusola, in an interview with Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), towards the forthcoming Industry Forum On Content Creation, Development and Distribution for Digital Television taking place on the 26th – 27th March 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria is urging the formation of meaningful partnerships between telecoms and broadcasters.
Below is an excerpt of the conversation Olusola had with BMA on the forthcoming Forum where he is a featured speaker:
BMA: Why did you decide to get involved in this Industry Forum On Content Creation, Development and Distribution for Digital Television?
Olusola: ATCON strongly believes in collaboration and partnering with relevant and key stakeholders in the evolution of the digital transformation that our industry now faces. With an opportunity to learn and exchange thoughts in the way and manner content, distribution and development will be delivered on the broader ecosystem; it is essential that we seek continued dialogue and synergies in the way the telecoms industry will enable this to be a reality in Africa for the forthcoming digital consumers.
BMA: What are your aspirations for the industry in relation to delivering content for converged platforms and also your take on the collaborations that are imperative for the broadcast and telecoms industries?       
Olusola: Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) and regulatory oversight is still very much at its infancy in Nigeria, and much legacy barriers and status quo need to be overcome before we can sensibly address converged platforms that are built to deliver high quality and high definition multimedia services in a cost-efficient manner. So our measure of success will be an industry that interoperates telecommunications and broadcasting systems to address the many applications that will create stakeholder value and exciting consumer experience at an affordable price.
BMA: Could you please tell us what you hope fellow participants will take away from this industry event?
Olusola: I wish that we all see this as a constructive strategic exchange that is over and above just being a talk-shop session or interaction. The key thematic for me will be how we can find relevant African use-cases for 5G by 2020 and beyond.
About Olusola Teniola: Olusola is a technology enthusiast who is currently a Partner with Detecon International, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, Germany; responsible for Nigeria and West Africa.
He is also the President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON). Prior to his appointment, he was a board member of IS Internet Solutions (a Dimension Data company) in Lagos, Nigeria. Previously he was the COO and Director of Engineering at Phase 3 Telecom, Abuja.
He served in executive management positions at British Telecom, Alcatel-Lucent Technologies and Vodafone.
Olusola obtained an HND in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and a B.Engr with honours in Computer and Information Engineering from London South Bank University. He later studied for his MBA at the University of Bath School of Management in 2003. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors (MIoD) London.
Olusola will be speaking at the Industry Forum On Content Creation, Development and
Distribution for Digital Television
in his capacity as President of ATCON.


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