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Friday, May 25, 2012

Prof. Akwule to chair Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable

Prof. Raymond Akwule, DBI President
The president of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Prof. Raymond Akwule has been confirmed as the chairman of the 2012 Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable due to hold on June 6 in Lagos.
The Executive Director, Operations at DigitalSENSE Africa Media, Mrs. Nkemdilim Nweke, the organizers of Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable, disclosed this in Lagos, saying that Prof. Akwule would be supported by industry heavy-weights during the commemoration of World Internet Protocol version 6 day.
According to her, the IPv6 Roundtable slated to hold at the Welcome Centre and Hotels, Lagos, would be presided over by telecommunications professors or international repute.
While urging industry players to take advantage of the event to address and share preparations at their ends on migration to IPv6 in the country, she noted that participants are bound to benefit from the wealth of experience of Prof.  Akwule, who currently is the President of DBI, an international centre for advanced communications studies.
Mrs. Nweke also noted that with over 25 years of teaching, research, and project planning and implementation experience in the fields of telecommunications and Information Technology as well as Mass Communications and Media Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia USA, Prof. Akwule would enrich the day with his enlightened exposure.
Equally, as a Senior Fellow, International Cyber Center at George Mason University, she pointed out that Prof. Akwule would gave some insights on the theme “IPv6 and the future of Internet in Nigeria.”
She revealed that Prof. Akwule who authored ‘Global Telecommunications: The Technology, Administration and Policies’ published by Butterworth-Heinemann and widely used as text in several major universities in the United States and beyond among other articles.
Stressing that he also taught numerous undergraduate, Masters and Doctorate level courses in several universities in the USA, before joining DBI, recalling that as a former Director, Center for Telecommunications Information and Broadcasting, which later become the Center for Media Research and Telecommunications at the Department of Communication, George Mason University, Prof Akwule was one of the founders of the MA Telecommunications programmes at the same university.
Akwule, she noted has been an advisor to many countries in the area of ICT, telecommunications and Media, even as he spearheaded the design and implementation of several national ICT networks as well as e-government, e-commerce and e-education programmes on the continent of Africa.
Just as he served as a consultant to numerous governments, international organizations and international and national private sector companies, including the  United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Telecommunications Union (ITU), World Bank, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to name a few.
The organizers further recalled that the objective of Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable is to stimulate public discourse and create awareness on the technological cum business benefits of this rapid advancing technology, encourage integration of IPv6 into all aspects of networking and telecommunications infrastructure in the country, commemorate the World IPV6 Day on Wednesday June 6, as well as providing first-class platform for networking.
Noteworthy, she said, is that the last batch of the Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses were given out by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) last year, 2011, as such it became imperative for the deployment of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).
Remmy Nweke

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