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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Nigeria to host GSM Africa-06

Nigeria is to host this year’s continental Global System for Mobile communications (GSM Africa) exhibition and conferences in Abuja come March 27 through 30.

Vice chairman, GSM Africa and chairman of the GSM Consultative Forum Nigeria, Mr. Ogugua Chioke, who disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos, said it is the first time the nation is having such privilege.

The event is being sponsored by all the GSM operators in the country, including Vmobile, MTN Nigeria, MTel and Glo, as well as some multinational telecom companies, including Motorola, Celtel, Nokia and Ericsson and others.

Scheduled to hold at the International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja, he said, the event also has the support of the Federal Ministry of Communications and the regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Mr. Ogugua said that the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) has graciously accepted to deliver a paper on “Convergence in the communications sector”.

According to him, the conference comprises three sessions, namely the GSM Africa exhibition, strategic and technical in that order.

The technical session, he explained, would complement the strategic conference and would provide a platform for a series of presentations focusing on GSM development and evolving mobile technology in Africa.

Dignitaries billed to grace the event include the chairman, GSM Africa, Mr. Vitalis Olunga, Director, Strategic Initiative at GSM Association, Mr. Ben Soppitt, chief regulatory officer, Vee Networks Nigeria, J.P. Suijders, chief operating officer, Globacom, Mr. Jameel Mohammed and chief executives of MTel, and MTN Nigeria, Messrs Edwin Moor Momife and Sifiso Dabengwa respectively.

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