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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Helios endorses Co-location‘09

Infrastructure sharing leader, Helios Towers Nigeria Ltd, has endorsed the forthcoming co-location forum as a sponsor.

Confirming this, Communications Manager, Helios Towers, Mr. Myke Ofili, said Helios is a co-location licensee which has been in the forefront of providing a platform for infrastructure sharing.

This is coming as IHS Plc, another co-location licensee, will host CEO’s who are participating in the event to a post-forum exclusive session at the Chirrasco Grill House which is located within the Lagoon Restaurant.

A press statement from TAA signed by Kayode Yussuf, affirmed these developments, noting that virtually all co-location licensees and infrastructure builders in the industry have opted to play one role or the other in the Forum, which seeks to generate an industry plan of action for assuring the benefits of co-location when it finally gets the approval of the authorities.

He recalled that the Nigerian Communications Commission has, for some time been working on providing intervention at various levels to assure that co-location is effectively launched and the National Assembly is known to have been working on a Bill which seeks to make co-location a workable reality.

Hence, the objective for hosting the business forum is to address the concerns of experts, investors, and technocrats by distilling the technology, management, legal and regulatory issues in a manner that we can push an industry ‘Plan of Action’ such that Nigerians at the end of the day benefit from the initiative if government eventually intervenes.

Reassuring that the co-location forum scheduled for May 19, 2009 in Lagos promises to feature presentation of a couple of strategic cost savers and technology enhancers in telecommunications infrastructure sharing.

Meanwhile, a six-man Technical Committee has been constituted to plan the proceedings of the one-day Forum.

They include Mr. Bako Wakil, a telecommunications engineer, Segun Sorunke, an information technologist/economist, Obed Awowede, a journalist who writes business, Remmy Nweke, journalist (ICT), Rachel Ogan, a lawyer and Titi Omo-Ettu, telecommunications consultant.

“The committee would plan the proceedings of the forum and generate an industry Plan of Action capable of assisting the authorities in firming up on intervention,” he said.

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