Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Etisalat fly Nigeria’s flag @ Telecom Africa-08

The fifth Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) operator, would from today, Monday fly the nation’s flag in far away Egyptian capital, Cairo till Thursday this week, as the only confirmed GSM operator from Nigeria taking part in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organised Telecom Africa 2008.

ITU is the international organization within the United Nations (UN) that regulates telecommunications globally focusing on three main areas, namely radiocommunication, standardization and development.

The agency based in Geneva, Switzerland, has its membership across 191 member states including Nigeria and more than 700 sector members and associates.

ITU Telecom Africa 2008 encompasses an exhibition and conferences featuring the latest technologies and innovations, and an extensive forum that explores key technologies, policies and applications driving Africa’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

Etisalat Nigeria, the only confirmed telco from this part of the world would be exhibiting at the international sphere, and is expected to have a desk at the nation’s pavilion along side its parent company to showcase some of the groundbreaking technologies that characterize its operations across Africa, the Middle East and Asia (MEA).

Chief executive, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Saoud Al Shamsi, said that the telco is driven by a fundamental commitment to Nigeria and the region at large.

“Taking our place in ITU Africa 2008 is a strategic move as a leading regional player in view of the important themes associated with this year’s event,” he said, adding, “Etisalat is excited to be taking an active part in addressing the important issues of ICT in the region.”

He also informed that arrangements were in place to receive high profile Nigerians, such as top guns from the Ministry of Information and Communications, including the Minister of State, Alhaji Ibrahim Nakande, the Nigerian Ambassador to Egypt and top officials of the Nigerian Communications Commissions (NCC) officials at the Etisalat stand.

Al Shamsi noted that Etisalat is supporting several Nigerian journalists to participate actively in ITU 2008.

“This only underscores our global practice of partnering with the media as allies in development and progress,” he said, stressing that Etisalat is set to offer Nigerians the same service, product quality, simplicity of delivery and care for which it is highly regarded in other markets.

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