Wednesday, August 26, 2009

ZOOMmobile, Harris root for telecom device forum

Top companies in the nation’s information and communications technologies (ICTs) industry have lent their weight to the meeting of major stakeholders involved in the development, distribution and management of end-user telecommunications devices and services.

The Telecom/Device Forum is being put together by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Communication Week Media and has been slated to hold next month September in Lagos.

A press statement endorsed by Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, a senior associate editor, indicated that leading supporters of the event include Harris Stratex, Valucard, ZoomMobile, eTransact, IHS and Galaxy Wireless.

He said these companies would join the leadership of the NCC, Nigeria Interbank Settlement System and top government functionaries to present valid forecasts of developments in the telecom industry and examine the driving forces behind these developments especially in e-payment and emerging technologies.

With the theme “Telecom Industry Fuelling the Future of e-Payment System” the forum is designed to give both the layperson and the professional an update of emerging technologies, e-payment and handheld devices and related business trends and events.

Head, public affairs, NCC, Mr. Reuben Mouka said that the forum would bring key actors in the industry to meet, discuss, suggest and chart a roadmap for the future of communications industry in Nigeria.

He also said, Nigeria is witnessing a telecom revolution, which has resulted in impressive growth of landline and mobile connections.

“The sweeping revolution has continued to impact on all facets of the national economy. As a matter of fact, there is no sector that does not rely on telecommunications one way or the other,” he said.

Equally commenting, editor, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, Mr. Ken Nwogbo said the meeting is expected to attract stakeholders including regulators, top government functionaries, bankers, major switching companies, device manufacturers and suppliers, network operators, software vendors, distributors and retailers, as well as internet service providers, media, broadcasters and the general public.

Nwogbo, further said, the forum is an opportunity for companies to flaunt their products and create heightened visibility while underscoring their support for Nigeria content in the telecommunications industry.

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