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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

W.Afri.Tel-08 excites participants

The 2008 West African International Telecommunication and Information Communication Technology exhibition (W.Afri.Tel) ended last weekend with participating firms describing the three-day event as exciting moments.

This eighth edition, which kicked off on Tuesday, June 3, saw the Minister of State for Information and Communications, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande and Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, gracing the event.

But reacting to the event, participating companies said it was an exciting three-day moment, an indication that they would definitely return to the event in the next edition, and probably more actively too.

Exhibition Management Services (EMS), organisers of the event and IT & Telecom Digest, the sole Nigeria agent had, explained that they have a full year ahead to identify a suitable venue, as a challenge, in order to accommodate those who may have missed out in this year’s show due to lack of space.

The exhibition held at the New Expo Hall, Oceanview Restaurant, Victoria Island, received commendations from the Minister among other dignitaries.

“ … I think the exhibition has been very good and very educative. I only hope that it will continue to grow in the years to come,” Nakande said, stressing that exhibition of this nature, avails visitors to get acquainted with new solutions coming up on regular basis.

“If you are a content provider, you can only take the opportunity of such exhibitions to also improve on the quality of services you are providing. These are some of the steps that can make us move forward,” he added.

Further, he said that the federal government was committed to the provision of an enabling environment in pursuit of its desire to ensure economic stability as a means of attracting and encouraging investment both foreign and local.

The list of companies which marked their presence through exhibiting their various ICT products and services at this year’s edition included Accat Nigeria Ltd., CITEL2CP, Battery Technologies Nigeria, Communications Africa, Business Connection (BCX), Cyberspace Network, Dizengoff West Africa (Nig) Ltd, Bentley Walker Ltd, Danisat Communications Ltd., ECAS Telecommunications and Systems Ltd, Celtel Nigeria Ltd., DCC Networks and Emperion West Africa Ltd.

The highly qualitative exhibitor list includes Etisalat, Netcom Africa Ltd., i-Cell, Gilat Satcom, ICT Convergence Ltd., Globacom, Harris Stratex, SimbaNet Nigeria Ltd, Helios Towers Nigeria, Multi-links Telkom and Skylinks Satellite Communications Ltd. Other exhibiting companies were SkyVision, Starcomms Ltd., Transtector Systems, Sony Ericsson, Systemtech Services Ltd, Swift Networks Ltd and Visafone Communications Ltd.

According to the Marketing Associate of Helios Towers Nigeria, Nikky Obianwu, her firm had been inundated with requests on their services with bright prospects for business.

Deputy Manager Engineering of ICT Convergence Ltd, Mr. Sam Ekojah, said that the company’s participation at W.Afri.Tel 2008 would translate into millions of naira in terms of patronage in the next few months.

ITRealms Online recalled that the first edition of the W.Afri.Tel exhibition was held in June 2001 and has grown over the years to etch its name as the leading and most professional exhibition in the ICT sector.

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