Lagos – Mrs Olabisi Olaleye, a journalist on Saturday said the telecoms industry in the last 15 years had continued to exude tremendous prospects for economic development but with some challenges.
Olaleye said this in a statement in Lagos to unveil her new book which analysed the Telecommunications Industry in Nigeria since inception in 2001.
“Telecoms industry in the country in the last 15 years had witnessed successes, countered challenges and continued to exude tremendous prospects for economic development,’’ she was quoted as saying.
Olaleye said that these milestones would be chronicled in the book to be unveiled later this year in the nation’s telecoms sector.
“The book titled: ‘Our Nigerian Story’, recounts the experiences of the Global System for Mobile (GSM) communication operators in Nigeria since the sector’s liberalisation in 2001.
“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.
“It also catalogues when the Nigeria’s business climate was adjudged ‘a war zone and porous’ by the international communities.
“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 dollars from about 500 million dollars in 2001.
“In this book, the various telecoms, agencies, retail phone dealers share their experiences, and the numerous challenges faced in a system that is not too conducive for business, while leveraging on their strengths for more improvement in the sector,” she said.
She said that other providers such as the Value Added Services (VAS) provider, which rode on the networks of the main telecoms networks also told their stories.
She said that Visafone, the ‘last man standing’ in the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) segment of the telecoms industry also told its story.
Olaleye hails from Ake, Abeokuta South, Ogun.
She 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, Olaleye works with The SUN Publishing Ltd. Nigeria, 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 (ICT) Reporter of the Year’ awards. She is married with children. (NAN)