With the support of Google, an M-Lab consortium partner and Glo 1, the Internet eXchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) has unveiled Measurement Lab (M-Lab), a network diagnostic tool in Nigeria.
Speaking at the media launch of M-Lab in Lagos, the managing director and chief executive officer of IXPN, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, said that the process of obtaining and hosting the M-Lab Network began in 2014 recognising the critical role of independent quality of service measurement towards achieving policy and regulatory needs.
Rudman explained that the M-Lab Network is a Diagnostic Tool which employs a combination of variables to analyze the performance of ISPs.
He said the full installation of M-Labs in Nigeria, and with the support of Google, elaborating on the unfolding plans of to build necessary capacity and sensitize key stakeholders on M-Labs, which has been set rolling by the one-day training and media launch of the M-Lab.
He opined that provision has been made to fund some research in some tertiary institutions in the country in the areas of broadband.
The IXPN CEO pointed out that all the parties involved in the installation of the M-Lab independent quality service measurements are rendering a social service to the community.
“Although the motive is not profit-driven, it is expected that consumers and the ICT public will be better served by it.”
Rudman noted that mobile internet penetration in Nigeria hovers between 28%-38% stressing the fact of its growing impact on the Nigerian economy at about 7.8% contribution to the GDP in 2013.
He, therefore, called for the doubling of efforts at ensuring that the quality of service does not fall short, and that verifiable local data that can address any gap and improve on success points is in place, especially, in view of the critical role access to the internet is now playing in all sectors of the society, the life and work of the citizens.
Amongst other benefits, the collaborating organizations said that the event and the service would be particularly beneficial to/ for regulators in the industry, consumer advocacy groups, research institutions, the media and ICT reporters, ISPs and the general public.

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