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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

MTN backs ‘09-WAFICT congress

Leading mobile phone operator, MTN Nigeria, is backing the forthcoming the West African Information and Communications Technology Congress (WAFICT-09).

The organizers said WAFICT will hold alongside West Africa leading ICT show, the West African International Telecommunications and Information Communication Technology exhibition (W.Afri.Tel) scheduled to hold between June 2 and 4, this year.

A press statement made available to Champion Infotel MTN Nigeria was quoted as saying that the support and endorsement of WAFICT Congress 2009, is coming based on the firm belief and conviction that the congress will engender further growth of the sub-region’s mobile phone industry, and indeed ICT market, which has experienced phenomenal growth in the last eight years.

With the theme “Harnessing New Technologies for Telecom and ICT Growth in West Africa,” the congress, according to MTN Nigeria, will afford the company ample opportunities to reveal to its growing West African customers and the general public the various new technologies that it has in place to optimize operations and coverage so as to serve them better.

According to the organizers, the three-day WAFICT Congress 2009 will run from June 2-4, alongside W.Afri.Tel. While W.Afri.Tel, the exhibition, will hold at the New Expo Centre, WAFICT, the congress, will take place at Coral Hall, Ocean View, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Organised by IT & Telecom Digest, WAFICT Congress 2009 will draw speakers and participants from across the sub-region and beyond. Participants for the conference will be drawn from operating ICT and telecom companies, GSM and CDMA operators, the banking sector, the legal profession, the oil and gas sector, government agencies, regulatory bodies, consumer advocacy groups, the academia, value added service providers and Internet Service Providers, among others.

WAFICT 2009 is already getting high level support from across the West African sub-region, as regulators from Ghana, Benin Republic, among others, have confirmed they would join their counterpart in Nigeria, alongside experts to be drawn from across the world, to give impetus to the growing interest in West Africa’s telecom sector.

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