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Monday, May 16, 2011

ATCON endorses IPV6 Roundtable

The Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ALTON) has endorsed the Nigeria Internet Protocol Version Six (IPV6) Roundtable 2011, just as it harps on broadband roadmap for the country.

ATCON is a professional, non-profit umbrella organisation of all telecommunication companies in Nigeria, which was founded since December 10, 1993, as a national trade organisation, with membership drawn from Nigerian and multi-national companies which provide telecommunications and information technology products and services in across the country.

Whereas the forthcoming Nigeria IPV6 Roundtable was initiated by the DigitalSENSE Africa as part of its Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum series in commemoration the World IPV6 Day, which has been slated for Thursday, June 2, at the Planet One, Mary Land Lagos.

The global World IPV6 Day has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 8, this year by the Internet Society (ISOC), the organisational home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).

The acting Executive Secretary, Mr. Ajibola Olude in a letter of endorsement addressed to the Executive Director, DigitalSENSE Africa Media, Mrs. Nkemdilim Nweke, acknowledged the support of ATCON

“I am pleased to convey approval of the National Executive Council,” he declared.

Some of the condiments, according to him, include the use of the fact that ATCON endorsed the event on all the conference materials.

While promising that ATCON would broadcast the event to all its members, the President of ATCON, Mr. Titi Omo-Ettu has planned to give a goodwill message to the occasion.

“ATCON will support the event with some mementos,” he added.

Meanwhile, ATCON leadership has reiterated its position on broadband roadmap for the country.

ATCON president, Mr. Omo-Ettu reaffirmed the group’s position in a chat with newsmen.

As said by him, the broadband roadmap for Nigeria actually covers the other two, stressing that the first phase involves the plans to prepare a roadmap document on broadband with some key stakeholders like Nigerian ICT Forum of Partnership Institutions and Fantsuam Foundation.

‘Yes we have commenced implementation of the first phase of our plans. Don’t forget that last year, our Association collaborated with the Nigerian ICT Forum of Partnership Institutions and Fantsuam Foundation to prepare a roadmap document and to invite Nigerians to endorse it. The document, as endorsed, has gone to government and our own component of the implementation is what I said has commenced,” he said.

Specifically ATCON, he said, shall further a campaign, create awareness in businesses that are available to do and motivate investments all aiming at getting Nigeria on the road to the Promised Land.

“Whoever comes to us with a collaboration proposal that seeks to join the train will receive our embrace,” he asserted, saying that the good thing is that in all of these: campaign, awareness, investments and building infrastructure and services, there is a business to do and ATCON shall motivate whoever comes.

For starters, CEOs and top executives and investors will discuss at a Business/Investment Summit by end of July and a few who already have viable solutions will exhibit them for 2 days.

It is a collaboration proposal that came from BusinessWorld Communications Ltd. It is not a typical talk-show but a focused Investment Possibilities Session for very top decision makers. It is an international event.

“At the Summit, we will also present a purpose-built publication to guide investors on what is available in Nigeria for them to do. Every delegate to the Summit will go away with a copy of the publication,” he said.

Thereafter, he said, other collaboration projects will come one after the other and each with specific focus and audience.

“The campaign aspect is to jolt the government, you and I to ask questions just in case they are too busy to be at the sessions,” he said, stressing that the good thing in all of these, I repeat, is that it is win-win for everybody.

“This first phase may last a few years, of course,” he declared.

Remmy Nweke

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