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Zinox, Spectranet join NCC, ALTON to grow sponsors of NITRA quarterly workshop

More technology heavy weights have joined lead sponsors of the last quarter Forum of the Nigerian Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA), coming up in Lagos tomorrow.
The event is scheduled for Friday, December 14, 2018, at the CitiHeight Hotel, Opebi Link, Ikeja, Lagos.
Business Hilights recalls that NITRA is an umbrella body for journalists reporting information and communications technology in Nigeria.
Giving details of two more corporate citizens that have declared support for the forum with theme: “Achieving Last Mile Connectivity Through Affordable Broadband,” are indigenous Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) giants, Zinox Technologies and leading broadband services provider, Spectranet Nigeria.
Accordingly, the duo will join the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), to address the challenges of broadband, especially last mile connectivity, at the fourth quarter forum.
A statement from NITRA secretariat revealed that the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, will deliver the keynote speech to set agenda for other leading industry pundits to review the challenge of achieving last mile connectivity through affordable broadband.
Experts say that achieving last mile connectivity in Nigeria requires a concerted effort among Government, Civil Society Organizations, Policy makers, mobile operators, service providers, the academia etc. It also requires a combination of solutions ranging from policies to technologies, transparency to regulations among others.
The forum will not only highlight the opportunities and challenges of deploying affordable broadband in Nigeria but will look at the strategies being adopted by the NCC to achieve this.
Fact checks revealed that the NCC had in 2016, rolled out an 8-point agenda aimed at broadband access and penetration. Through the agenda, the NCC hopes to promote deployment of universally available, fast and reliable network infrastructure that will stimulate seamless broadband penetration to drive technology innovation and overall productivity of Nigeria’s economy.
Founded in 2001 by a team of ICT Technocrats led by serial entrepreneur, Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh, Zinox has flourished into one of the leading ICT Ecosystems in Africa with strong interests in Computer hardware manufacturing, distribution, Critical ICT solutions, Telecoms, and world-class After-Sales Support hence it is rated the No.1 Integrated ICT solutions Group in Africa.
Spectranet Nigeria on the other hand, was awarded a License by the Nigerian Communications Commission in 2009 to promote Internet services across Nigeria. Spectranet prides itself as the first Internet Service Provider to launch 4G LTE internet service in Nigeria and aims to be a leader in the Internet Services space.
Founder/Publisher of Business Hilights, Prince Stan Okenwa, who was the pioneer Vice President of NITRA, recalls that the media group has in the last two years been engaging ICT stakeholders on various topical issues affecting the ICT industry in Nigeria through the Quarterly forum.