The two largest stakeholder interest groups in the Nigerian telecommunications industry; The Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and the Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) have partnered with DigiVation Network, an outreach and digital solutions company to host an event celebrating the telecommunications revolution in Nigeria at 20 years.
The essence of the event, which is to be held in Abuja, is to celebrate the impact that GSM and information and communications technologies have had in all sectors of the Nigerian economy over the past 20 years. years since the liberalization of the sector in 2001.
Tagged, “Two decades of GSM, its impacts and role on the Nigerian economy”, the event, which organizers say already has the approval of the telecommunications regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Ministry of Communications and the Digital Economy and all telecommunications operators. operators will present awards and seminars.
In a statement signed by the CEO of DigiVation Networks, Dr Bayero Agabi, on behalf of the three groups, he said that Nigeria, as a country, has benefited from mobile telecommunications, which has changed every other sector of the world. economy over the past twenty years.
According to the statement, “The year 2021 marks two decades since the NCC organized the GSM auction which led to the licensing of Econet Wireless Nigeria (now Airtel) and MTN Nigeria in February of the same. year. Significantly, this twenty-year history of an industry that has contributed to Nigeria’s economic recovery from the recession last year and with a contribution of 12.45 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) to the fourth quarter of the year 2020, can not just go without ceremony.
While noting that the industry has steadily evolved to enable innovations and help the country be technologically competitive on a global scale, the statement also revealed that the event will bring together thought leaders in telecommunications and telecommunications. information technology from around the world to celebrate with Nigeria and will follow up with an award and gala evening, which is designed to celebrate and recognize the individuals, organizations, institutions and initiatives that have advanced the Nigerian / African telecoms / digital space over the past 20 years.
Part of the highlights of the day is the premiere of a special audiovisual documentary that will chronicle the issues and development that have enabled Nigeria’s conscious development and the search for better ways to place Nigeria on the map of digital nations. .
Event Theme: Mobile Telecommunications at 20: Deepening Broadband Access and Accelerating Digital Gains is designed to focus on maximizing the potential of the digital age to develop the Nigeria of our dreams
The sub-themes will focus on sustainable policies and structures; Internet, the next frontier for growth and service delivery; Role of the legislator in meeting the challenges of the digital age; Local content and Nigerian innovation, among others.