NCC opens application for N14m telecoms based research
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has called for telecommunications-based research innovations from tertiary institutions in the country that are practical, locally realisable and have clear potential of contributing to the development of the telecommunications industry.
According to the RFP, which was issued yesterday, the proposal should have feasible research ideas, capable of replacing or enhancing foreign technologies in the telecommunications ecosystem in Nigeria adding that it is envisaged that the initiative will help build capacity in the tertiary institutions and promote Nigeria’s contribution to the pool of technologies in use in the communications industry.a
The NCC stated that areas of research are: 5G Deployment,Innovative Clean Energy Technology, Advanced Method of Quality of Service (QoS)/Quality of Experience Management and Test Mechanism, loT Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) Technology. Monitoring and Localization of Drones.
The RFP stated that proposals must come from teaching academics in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions; and
Have a two-page executive summary and that one page will be on the research proposal which should include relevance of the research to the telecommunications industry, proposed solution to identified challenges, novelty of concept and research output (prototype) and the second page would be on the project timeline, deliverables and detailed cost schedule.
The evaluation criteria for the RFP showed that the area must fall within the specified areas of research;
Novelty of research proposal (comprehensive literature review to bring out clearly the novelty of the research);
Clear statement and explanation of the problem; Proposed solution to the problem; Proposed approach and methodology; Each project including prototype development must be concluded within 2 years;
The NCC said the project cost should not exceed a maximum of ₦14,000,000.00) only and that the Commission reserves the right to review this maximum amount.
The Commission said that any academic Institution with an on-going research project with the Commission should not apply.