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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Broadband Summit’11 goes to FCT

The second Broadband Summit organized by e-Business Life Communication has been slated to hold at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja in February, 2011.

Disclosing this, the chief host, Mrs. Ufuoma Emuophedaro told ITRealms Online that the seminar with the theme ‘Broadband Revolution: The Next Growth Strategy – Reaching the Nigerian Consumers,’ aims to bring Information and Communication (ICT) stakeholders together to chart ways of utilizing the expected abundant bandwidth and focusing on the most viable ways for Broadband deployment in Nigeria.

“It will also look at ways of ensuring availability of Broadband services to consumers all over the country while underlining profitability for service providers,” she said.

According to her, speakers are expected from both government and private sector and decision makers drawn from the various sectors of the economy.

Mrs. Emuophedaro, who is the Editor–in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer, e-Business Life Communication Limited, noted that with the landing of submarine cables on the shores of Nigeria and the expected deluge of internet related activities, stakeholders at the event would be charting ways to further ensure the profitable use of available bandwidth to boost economic and social activities in the country.

“They are also expected to proffer direction to the deployment of broadband services around the country,” she said.

Analysts, she said, have noted that with the reality of the availability of Broadband technology on ground, the country would have to look for ways of channeling same bandwidth and ensuring that it gets to the hinterlands.

“The biggest challenge might be last mile deployment. But how do we go about it? This is one of the things stakeholders will tell us at the event”, Mrs. Emuophedaro declared.

She observed that the market is hungry for Broadband services, which is made more obvious by the growth rate in mobile technology and need for online, real-time interface; and that the market is ripe in Nigeria.

Mrs. Emuophedaro said, the major objective of setting up and operating a unified ICT infrastructure platform and a national network backbone is to realize the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) through the facilitation of digital inclusion of underserved areas and rural communities.

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