Mrs Olabisi Olaleye, an awarding winning journalist says the multi billion telecoms industry in Nigeria has over the last 15 years continued to fuel the nation’s drive to become a major economic power.
Olaleye said this in a statement in Lagos ahead of the unveiling of her new book, “Our Nigerian Story”, which reviews the Nigerian telecoms industry since inception in 2001.
According to her, “the telecoms industry in the country in the last 15 years had witnessed successes, encountered challenges and continued to exude tremendous prospects for economic development.”
These milestones would be chronicled in the book to be unveiled later this year that focuses on the the telecoms sector in Nigeria.
[blockquote right=”pull-right”]“Our Nigerian Story” recounts the experiences of the Global System for Mobile (GSM) network operators in Nigeria since the sector’s liberalization in 2001.”[/blockquote]
“Our Nigerian Story” recounts the experiences of the Global System for Mobile (GSM) network operators in Nigeria since the sector’s liberalization in 2001, she adds.
According to her, “the book is the first of its kind in the nation’s sector, which catalogues the development of the telecoms industry, starting from 2001, when the various companies came into the country to invest.”
The tech journalists say the upcoming book “also catalogues when the Nigeria’s business climate was adjudged ‘a war zone and porous’ by the international communities.”
Olaleye adds: “The book highlights how the demographic dividend or the large population in Nigeria then (which is still growing), served as a critical factor that attracted telecoms investment into the country with the sector now boasting of over $32 billion from about $500 million in 2001.”
She says that various telecoms, agencies, retail phone dealers have shared their experiences and the numerous challenges faced in “Our Nigerian Story.”
Other providers such as the Value Added Services provider, which rode on the networks of the main telecoms networks, also told their stories while Visafone, “the “last man standing” in the Code Division Multiple Access segment of the telecoms industry, also told its story.”
Olabisi Olaleye Biography
Olaleye, who is from Ake, Abeokuta South in Ogun State is a 1998 graduate of Mass Communication from the Ogun State Polytechnic, now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic.
She has undergone several local and international trainings to enhance her career.
Currently, Olabisi works with The SUN Publishing Limited, publishers of The Sun Newspaper, with over 12 years experience in journalism.
She has several awards in her kitty, including Rotary International Humanitarian Report Award (2012).
Olaleye is also a three-time winner of Best Information and Communication Technology Reporter of the Year awards.
She is married with children.
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