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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Juwah gives keynote @ broadband summit’11

The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah and the chief executive officer, MainOne Cable, Ms Funke Opeke, gave keynote speeches at the two-day Broadband Summit which commenced in Lagos, yesterday.

Coordinator of the Summit, Mr. Titi Omo-Ettu, confirmed this at the weekend, saying that the stage is set for the summit, stressing that there would be six other commercial presentations and two Plenary Syndicate Sessions.

Additionally, he said, these commercial presentations would pave the way for breakout discussions into issues of Infrastructure, Content, rural and access, and financing.

He noted that investment expert and former Managing Director of Guaranty Trust bank Mr. Fola Adeola led discussion at the Broadband Investment Summit which kicked off yesterday, Tuesday July 26 and billed to end on Wednesday July 27, 2011.

Mr. Adeola, he said, would do ‘A forecast into Nigeria’s investment climate in the next decade’.

Equally, Mr. Omo-Ettu said that the United-Kingdom based Chief Executive, Balancing Act, Mr. Russell Southwood.

According to him, Balancing Act is a UK-based consultancy and research company specialising in telecoms, Internet and broadcast in Africa.

Omo-Ettu said, Mr. Southwood would make presentation on ‘ICT Investment opportunities in infrastructure, rural access to telephony and content in Nigeria.’

ITRealms Online recalls that Mr. Omo-Ettu preempted Adeola’s paper which focuses on a forecast into Nigeria’s investment climate in the next decade during which 50 million telecommunications users are expected to be connected on broadband internet access.

Also, he noted that the emphasis hitherto placed on ‘number of connected lines in Nigeria will be shifted to emphasis to ‘number of users’ of telecommunications services to reflect the true development requirement of empowering Nigerians with telecommunications.

Omo-Ettu argued that emphasis on number of lines is misleading as many telephones are serving one Nigerian contrary to the universal believe that every person is served by one mobile line.

Omo-Ettu who also is the president, Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) said that the Summit is a high level discussion event whose objective is to identify opportunities and challenges for universal access to broadband internet in Nigeria.

Remmy Nweke
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