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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Mobile roaming confab to boost business – WATRA

The West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA) has said that its first-ever Mobile Roaming Conference & Exhibitions cum SAT-3 workshop would boost the operators ability to offer interesting variety to the business community.

Executive Secretary, WATRA, Mr. Nnamdi Nwokike, gave this insight in a chat with newsmen, stressing that businesses could actually add a lot of revenue to their earnings after getting exposed at the conference.

According to him, the event being put together by WATRA and its strategic partners would also encourage regional roaming across the West Africa states, build into a very lucrative business and also ensure that some reliable data on mobile telephony across the region is put in place.

Various regions of the world, he noted, has since realised that mobile telephony is a very big business, hence making it possible for users to take their communication tools across the world, even to regions beyond the reach of their home networks.

He pointed out that among the operators, roaming has become one of the biggest avenues of revenue generation, adding that the initial regional confab on mobile roaming, scheduled to hold between September 11 and 14 would take place in Abuja.

Mr. Nwokike also said that the conference enjoys the backing of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as chief host while MTN, and Celtel are gold sponsors of this year’s event.

He explained that WATRA is made up of Independent National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and department for Regulation of Telecommunications Services established by governments of member states of the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) and Mauritania.

He equally said that the confab tends to be a double-pronged Information and Communication Technology (ICT) activity, one to dissect and review the SAT-3 sub marine cable transmission infrastructure, in addition to playing host to the first Mobile Roaming Conference for the Sub region.

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