ATCON Holds Forum July 11, Discusses Growth Modalities In The Telecoms Sector
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The National Executive Council of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has fixed the 5th edition of the Telecoms Executives and Regulators Forum for July 11, 2019 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Lagos.
The Telecoms Executives and Regulators Forum is one of the flagship events of ATCON.
ATCON believes that today’s telecom and ICT sector in Nigeria is built on continuous strategic engagements amongst all players in the sector and the projected growth can only be realized if these engagements continue.
ATCON said in a statement signed by its Executive Secretary, Ajibola Olude that “the Association is providing this platform for the purpose of accelerating and harnessing the changes that are taking place in the industry in order to grow the industry for all its teeming members who have made huge investments in the Nigerian telecom and ICT sector.”
Olude stated that the forum is set to discuss and proffer lasting solutions to such topical industry issues as Formulation of Policy and Regulation for OTTs: Challenges and Prospects; and Funding Telecoms Investment in Nigeria: How would the deficit in the Nigerian telecom infrastructure be financed?
Others topics include the Eradication of the influx of cloned and fake phones and other telecoms devices in Nigeria: The role of NCC, Nigerian Custom, SON, and other Relevant Government Agencies; and Regulation and Policies on Cloud Computing and Cybersecurity threats in Nigeria.
“The truth is that our industry is changing on daily basis or we can say that the industry is being disrupted by new technological innovations. And for our members to stay afloat and remain active players in the industry, new business models must be evolved but regulation and policies also need to be reviewed, fine tuned and strengthened so that all and sundry can remain in business,” Olude added.
The statement noted that yhe forum is open to all relevant stakeholders such as Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Information Technology Development Agency, MNOs/IDAs Operators, PNL/Fixed Line Operators, and FINTECH/e-Commerce Operators.
Others are OEMs, Interconnect/Data Centre Operators, and Towers/Base Stations Providers; Consulting/Internet Services Providers (ISP), Value Added Services Providers (VAS) and Equipment Dealers.
Some business thought leaders in the Nigerian telecom and ICT sector have been invited to lead discussions at the event, including Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Patami, Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) who are expected to deliver keynote addresses.
ATCON has carefully selected few industry leaders that would serve as panel chairs for the four segments of the panel sessions. They include: Ms. Funke Opeke, MD/CEO, MainOne, who will chair the session on Formulation of Policy and Regulation for OTTs: Challenges and Prospects.
Mr. Yusuf Kazure, MD/CEO, Galaxy Backbone is expected to chair the session on Funding Telecoms and ICT Investment in Nigeria: How would the deficit in the Nigerian telecom infrastructure be financed?; Eradication of the influx of cloned and fake phones and other telecoms devices in Nigeria: The role of NCC, Nigerian Custom, SON, and other Relevant Government Agencies.
Mr. Ayotunde Coker, MD/CEO, Rack Centre Limited will chair discussions on Regulation and Policies on Cloud Computing and Cybersecurity threats in Nigeria.
The panel discussants are also made up of leading figures in the Nigerian telecom and ICT sector, with other relevant organizations invited including Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), Banks, Nigerian Customs Service among others.
“ATCON firmly believes that this very important platform would provide a great opportunity for all critical stakeholders in the industry to leverage on this rare opportunity to share their views, contribute their expertise and experiences in discussion about best practices in their jurisdictions with a focus to grow and sustain the industry,” Olude stated.