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Monday, May 30, 2011

ATCON, BusinessWorld partner on broadband summit

The latest industry collaboration with the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and a Lagos-based Business World is targeted at connecting the next 50 million telecommunication users in the country.

ATCON president, Mr. Titi Omo-Ettu told newsmen in Lagos to proclaim the collaboration, said that the whole effort at connecting 50 million telecom users in the coming years would be anchored on a Nigeria Broadband Summit 2011.

According to Omo-Ettu, who was accompanied at the briefing by the deputy editor, BusinessWorld newspaper, Mr. Abimbola Toki, the essence of the collaboration is to provide relevant information for any potential investor in the country, especially in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to know exactly where to plug-in.

He also said the team has prepared the grounds for the gathering, which he called a high level investment summit on broadband as enabler for connecting the next 50 million telecommunications users.

This, he elucidated is within the context of how broadband deployment could serve as a general purpose service delivery and to expose the huge businesses there is available to do in the country.

Mr. Omo-Ettu said that the collaboration would assemble world-class speakers to examine how broadband could cement gains from the significant national expansion in access to telecommunications provided by both fixed and mobile telephones.

“The summit will also explore all business option available at this remarkable end of one decade of GSM and also for the future,” he said.

The two-day summit scheduled for July 26 and 27, this year in Lagos, would discuss the challenges facing telecom players in connecting the next 50 million telecommunications users in the country goes into the second decade of telecommunications revolution.

Omo-Ettu also revealed that the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC0, Dr. Eugene Juwah, has confirmed to give the keynote address.

Participants, he said, would include senior government officials and top players in the telecommunications industry.

Additionally, he said that both local and international telecom infrastructure providers, service providers, vendors and distributors of relevant products and services are expected to attend.

The event which he said, is merely by invitation is billed open for only chief executive officers (CEOs) and very senior executives of participating firms.

“It is a business event and not a talk-show,” he asserted.

According to him, participants from the banks and financial institutions are known to be high stakers in financing telecommunications.

He explained that this would enable ATCON to coordinate an industry plan of action for the realization of the benefits of broadband deployment as an enabler for connecting the next 50 million telecom users.

This, he said, could be achieved by pushing the major issues which arise from discussion at the summit to the appropriate authorities.

The summit, he said, have already gotten the endorsement of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF).

He stressed that there would be four technical presentations and four commercial presentations of 20 minutes each.

The occasion, Omo-Ettu said would avail the unveiling of the Nigerian Telecom Investors Book, which would be a compendium of all participating firms, who at the minimum must take a page of advertorial in the book as well as their profiling.

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