Nigeria pitches ‘Smart Community’ opportunities at ITU Telecom World 2016

Nigeria pitches ‘Smart Community’ opportunities at ITU Telecom World 2016

Nigeria pitches ‘Smart Community’ opportunities at ITU Telecom World 2016


Nigeria will be pitching Smart Communities opportunities to tech investors at the ITU Telecom World 2016, which opened today in Bangkok, Thailand.

Under the plan, a high-level Nigeria delegation will tomorrow be highlighting many local opportunities in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector at the flagship International Telecommunication Union Telecom World Event, ITU Telecom World 2016, which attracts influential participants from public and private sectors and across the ICT industry around the world.

Also, Nigeria will be leveraging on the global platform provided by the event to showcase Nigeria’s ICT industry with a sponsored session tomorrow with the theme: Smart Communities: The Key to a digital Nigeria.

With a voice penetration standing at over 106%, over 135 million active subscribers and a growing population of mobile device users, Nigeria’s ICT industry offers tremendous potential for investors.

The Federal Government of Nigeria recognises that the innovative solutions that Nigerians provide on the backbone of ICT infrastructure will see the evolution of ‘smart communities’ and will in turn accelerate socio-economic development.

Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State (left); Barrister Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications; Professor Garba Umar Danbatta, EVC of NCC and Dr. Ali Ibrahim Pantami, DG of NITDA, at the ITU Telecom World event today.

Against this fast-moving backdrop, Nigeria wants to leverage the global platform to engage potential investors and partners, share the story of Nigeria’s ICT growth to date and outline the range of opportunities and channels it offers for investment in broadband infrastructure.

This sponsored session will also highlight the thriving innovations and entrepreneurship of Nigerians, outlining how they are using ICTs creatively to positively impact the socio-economic matrix of Nigeria.

The panel session will be moderated by Mr Henry Nzekwu, Founder and Executive Vice Chairman, MessageWise Limited, Nigeria.

The panelists will include Mr Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Chairman, Etisalat Nigeria, Nigeria; Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria; Mr. Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, Executive Governor, Kaduna State; Mr. Anand Menon, Vice President of New Consumers, Global Prepaid, MasterCard Worldwide, USA; Ms. Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer, MainOne Cable, Nigeria; and Barr. Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, Minister, Federal Ministry of Communications, Nigeria.

The ITU Telecom World is a global platform for accelerating ICT innovations. It aims to deliver economic development and social good faster through its exhibition for digital solutions, forum for sharing knowledge, and networking hub connecting nations, organizations and individuals.

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