Mr. Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communications, has commended Globacom, Nigeria’s foremost telecommunications company, for leading technological innovations in Nigeria.
The Minister, who spoke at the third Indo-Africa ICT Expo, which ended in Lagos on Thursday, said Globacom has played a significant role in the swift development of the telecoms sector in Nigeria and the digitalization of the West African region.
Mr. Shittu, who gave a keynote address at the exhibition, said that Nigeria had confidence in its home-grown industries and would continue to encourage them to thrive.
He said Globacom lived up to the yearnings of Nigerians in 2003 when it pioneered the per second billing system, as against the claims of foreign operators that the system was not possible as at that time.
Before the roll out of Globacom, telecoms consumers were charged per minute for all calls.
Also, in his presentation at the event, the Director in charge of e-Government in the Federal Ministry of Communication, Mr. Temitope Fashedemi, said that Globacom’s multi-million dollar submarine cable backbone had reduced the cost of access to digital information in Nigeria.
The facility, according to him, had brought the internet closer to the people. He discouraged data users from hosting their data offshore, saying that it was more secure for Nigerian companies and organisations to domicile their data in servers in Nigeria using local service providers.
In a presentation, entitled “Towards a Digitalized Future”, Tega Agofure of Globacom stated that the future was already in sight as people were already living their daily lives using dozens of digital connections for business and personal convenience.
He stated that besides smart phones, there are already billions of connected objects across the world with smart sensors embedded in cars, microwaves ovens, fuel dispensers, generators and so many other tools and appliances which interact and provide real time data to businesses and individuals.
“Video on Demand will soon surpass conversional television viewership, while Online Stores are fast replacing ‘Brick and Mortar’,” Agofure stated.
He said that Globacom is facilitating Nigeria’s move to the digital future through massive investments in metro fibre cable infrastructure across the country as well as access to seamless connection to the internet via the Globacom owned submarine cable system known as Glo 1.
The 2-day exhibition and conference which attracted participants from all walks of life and over 50 local and offshore companies from several African countries including Ghana, Ethiopia, and Rwanda.