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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

ITEdge rates Glo high, holds Top 50 forum

Glo Mobile has retained its first position in the latest audit by the ITEdge released in Lagos, last weekend. This is coming as ITEdge has concluded plans to hold its 4th Convergence Forum alongside the IT Edge News.Com West Africa Top 50 Technology Business ceremony.

Confirming this, the chief executive officer, Know-How Media owners of IT Edge News.Com, Mr. Segun Oruame, said that the forum is in collaboration with National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

He also disclosed that the Minister of State for Information and Communication Mr. Labaran Maku has commended the Convergence forum, saying it is “timely and inspiring” while giving assurance of full representation by his ministry.

Maku spoke in Abuja as momentum for the Convergence Forum gathers with the NITDA reiterating its endorsement and full participation in the 4th Forum.

Just as the Director General, NITDA, Prof. Cleopas Angaye, reiterated the support of his agency for the forum.

As said by him, convergence in itself carries diverse meanings and implications, but, it largely means that things as known have become more complex and more sophisticated giving consumers more choices.

“But convergence itself is depended on several factors none the least infrastructures which makes this year’s theme very important and exciting,” he said.

The Convergence Forum scheduled to hold in Lagos, next Friday, November 26, has already received wide industry support including that of major partners such as the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and Nigeria Communication Satellite Company (Nigcomsat Limited), according to Oruame. He said that the one-day forum with the theme: ‘Driving Convergence through Connectivity Infrastructure, and organized by the IT-IU, publishers of IT Edge News.Com has remained the flagship platform for discourse on the future of the industry and its impact on the people within the West African space.

“One of the confirmed keynote speakers for this year is Dr. Sola Afolabi, immediate past Deputy Executive Secretary, Integration Programmes, ECOWAS Secretariat,” he said.

Afolabi keynote, he said, would focus on ‘Broadband, Convergence, Africa’s New Connectivity Infrastructures as New Opportunities to Strengthen West Africa and Africa’s Unity.’

Pointing out that the 4th Forum has received overwhelming support from satellite and sea cable backbone infrastructure providers living up to its tradition since 2007 as the event that provides a leading knowledge-sharing meeting point.

“Operators in the software, finance and computer hardware sub-sectors are ful.ly represented as delegates and speakers. As also the tradition, the broader field of education and research, broadcast and internet services are also top on the expected attendees list” he said.

Oruame elucidated that the forum is holding together with the IT Edge News.Com West Africa Top 50 Technology Business ceremony, the annual ranking of the sub-region top 50 Information and ICT companies in terms of their impact on the people and community of operation.

“The top 50 rating is an aggregate of companies across West Africa in the technology business sector whose performance in 2009/2010 made the mark on service excellence. The companies were rated on market spread and technical competence, functionality and relevance in terms of customers’ service and contribution to national economy in their respective areas of operation among other factors. The survey is annually conducted by IT-IU based on detailed analysis of available data on the ICT, technology business sector in 10 of the 14 ECOWAS countries,” he said.

The ITEdge boss disclosed that this year’s Top 50 includes Globacom, Systemspecs, Unique Solutions (Gambia), FTS, DOPC, NIIT, and MTN to name a few.

Others, he said, are Computer Warehouse Group, Zinox, Cisco, HP, Microsoft, Precise Financial Systems (FTS) Limited, and Technology Support Centre (TSC) Limited among others.

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