Nigeria will be part of a major international gathering of decision makers and ecosystem stakeholders holding this week to chart the future growth of the global technology industry.
Dr Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication Technology; Dr Eugne Juwah, Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and other Nigerian key experts will join their counterparts from around the world to envision the future of the tech industry at the ITU World 2014 annual gathering holding December 7-10 in Doha, capital city of Quatar.
The Nigerian team drawn for public sector decision makers will explore subjects ranging from the next phase of growth to be expected after broadband in emerging economies to the topical issue of Internet of Things as the meet explore the most topical issues, questions and debates for the global industry ecosystem as the ITU Telecom World kicks off full official business today following the arrival of attendees and delegates at the host city at the weekend.
“At ITU Telecom World, we aim to bring together industry and government leaders, experts and analysts to better understand the potential of technology and the shape of our future”, according to the UN specialized agency, ITU.
Dr Eugene Juwah, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Nigeria’s NCC will be part of a key panel at a forum today that looks at the theme, “Broadband Rollout in Emerging Economies – What Comes Next?”
ITU says the session looks at provisioning of broadband connectivity as “just the start.”
According to the agency, “How broadband is utilised determines the benefits it can bring and this is particularly important in emerging economies. Should governments play a pivotal role in how best to utilise broadband? If so, whatshould their role be and what should be their priorities – e-learning, e-health, e-government? How much do we understand about what happens when people are introduced to the internet for the first time? Should controls be introduced? How can emerging economies benefit most from broadband?”
The session to be moderated by Mr Tony Poulos, Market Strategist, TM Forum, France also features other panelists that include Mr Prashant Gokarn, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, Indosat, Indonesia; Ms Samia Melhem, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, The World Bank, USA and Mr Wojciech Ploski, Chief Customer Officer, Roshan Telecom, Afghanistan.
At another session later today, Engineer Augustine K. Nwaulune, Director Spectrum Administration at Nigeria’s NCC will also explore the theme, “The Digital Dividend and the Internet of Things”
The session looks at the transition to digital TV that frees up very valuable spectrum that can be used for the development of broadband communications.
With the free spectrum, the transition requires political decisions as well as technical and economic decisions, ITU says.
The panelists will explore the subject deeper because “it has considerable impact on the cultural development of societies. Societal impacts must be taken into account when taking decisions on the new digital economies that involve not only human connectivity but also embrace the Internet of things.”
According to ITU, “Digital economies have a huge potential for growth, for job creation, and for the reduction of inequalities. But while there is enormous potential to reduce the divide between the have not’s and the haves, the connected and the not connected, if the transition is not managed properly by governments it could increase inequalities even more. How does the emerging world of the Internet of things enable the best use to be made of the digital dividend?”
Mr Stewart Dale White, Chief Executive Officer, AKHET Consulting, United Arab Emirates will be the moderator of the session that will also feature other panelists
Like Mr Yousuf Al-Balushi, Vice-President, Spectrum Management Affairs, Oman Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Oman; Mr Bocar A. Ba, Chief Executive Officer, SAMENA Telecommunications Council, United Arab Emirates; Eng Hesham El Alaily, Executive President, National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA), Egypt and Mr Petko Kantchev, Independent Consultant and Adviser, Bulgaria.
Also later today, Dr Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication Technology for Nigeria will join other panelists on the session themed, “A Regulator’s Nightmare” that will review the identified gap between regulators and investors seeking market opportunities in a fast-moving sector like ICT, largely driven by technology.
ITU justifies the session on grounds that for the regulator, “quite often the rules are outdated, non-existent or inadequately enforced.”
According to ITU, the session becomes necessary because “some see the gap widening; and worse, some market participants see little need to improve efficiency, knowing there are few consequences in remaining inefficient. What should (could) an Authority do when market players are both inefficient and profitable?
[su_quote cite=”ITU”]Do some rules discourage the desire for innovation and so offer safe haven for the ineffective? Can inefficiency be recognized, and with what measurements? In what areas can an Authority ‘future proof’ its role to ensure it keeps up with market evolution? Are there regulatory ‘blind spots’ that prevent market effectiveness? And, if so, how can they be changed? Where are the examples of effective regulatory frameworks or practices in certain countries or by international regulatory bodies that might serve as strong models for others to follow[/su_quote]
“Do some rules discourage the desire for innovation and so offer safe haven for the ineffective? Can inefficiency be recognized, and with what measurements? In what areas can an Authority ‘future proof’ its role to ensure it keeps up with market evolution? Are there regulatory ‘blind spots’ that prevent market effectiveness? And, if so, how can they be changed? Where are the examples of effective regulatory frameworks or practices in certain countries or by international regulatory bodies that might serve as strong models for others to follow?”
Mr Andy Haire, Principal, AJH Communications, USA will moderate the session that will feature other panelists like Mr Rainer Schnepfleitner, Regulation Affairs and Competition, Communications Regulatory Authority, Qatar; Dr Ali Jazairy, Head of Innovation and Technology Transfer Section, World Intellectual Property Organization, Switzerland; Mr Eric Loeb, Vice President, International External Affairs, AT&T, USA and Mr Christian Salbaing, Deputy Chairman, Hutchison Whampoa Europe Limited, United Kingdom.
On Tuesday, Mr Anthony Ojobo, Director, Public Affairs of Nigeria’s NCC will also join other panelists at ITU Telecom World on the session themed, “Revenue Generation through Community Driven Social and Economic Partnerships.”
The session will explore how telcos, service providers, terminal manufacturers and application developers might develop new revenue streams and support sustainable broadband connectivity through focusing on community driven public and private partnerships. Exploring the need to take a holistic approach and work to providing social services such as in health and education supported by economic activities through eCommerce.
“The approach will be explored for both developed and developing communities. We will look at objectives, success criteria, barriers, suitable supporting policies and regulations”, ITU says of the session moderated by Mr Alan Horne, Chief Executive Officer, Broadband Pioneer, United Kingdom.
Other panellists on the session include Mr Muhammad Aslam Hayat, Chief Corporate Affairs and Security Officer, Telenor Pakistan, Pakistan; Mr Ross Cormack, CEO, Ooredoo Myanmar, Myanmar; Mr Michael Gurstein, Executive Director, Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training (CCIRDT), Canada and Dr Syed Ismail Shah, Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Pakistan.
Also on the same day, Mr Tayo Akinyemi, Mentor for the Young Innovators Competition, AfriLabs, USA will moderate the “Young Innovators Pitching Session” that will feature a fine roll call of speakers and young innovators from around the world including Mr Oscar Ekponimo, a Young Innovators Competition Winner and Founder of FoodRing in Nigeria.
The session is designed to celebrate the winners of the ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition young technopreneurs, who innovate with a measurable social impact. Winners from last year’s competition are also presenting, reporting back on progress achievements. This year’s will do their first investment pitch and introduce the audience to their innovative ideas.
Other speakers at the session include Fatoumata Kebe, Young Innovator, Watsmart, France; Marvin Arnold, Young Innovator, Unplugged, USA; Mr Ahmed Fawzy, Founder, Young Innovators Competition Winner, Nano Technologies, Qatar and Ms Lorna Atim, Founder, Young Innovators Competition Winner, TeleMuseum, Uganda.
Others include Mr Safouan Ben Jha, Founder, Young Innovators Competition Winner, Incept, Tunisia; Mr Jeisson Diaz, Founder, Young Innovators Competition Winner, Matti, Colombia; Ms Bella Econar, Founder, Young Innovators Competition Winner, Tudlo, Philippines and Ms Hannah Judge, Founder, Young Innovators Competition Winner, Broad Street Maps, USA.
Other speakers at the session are Ms Brenda Katwesigye, Founder, Young Innovators Competition Winner, InstaHealth, Uganda; Mr Thomas Kioko, Founder, Young Innovators Competition Winner, Traffic Map, Kenya; Mr Vratul Kumar, Founder, Young Innovators Competition Winner, Making Sense of Sensor Technology, India; Mr Hoang Nguyen, Founder, Young Innovators Competition Winner, Land-Sea Digital Bridge, Viet Nam; Ms Sahar Pakseresht, Founder, Young Innovators Competition Winner, Naji, Iran and Mr Hemant Purohit, Founder, Young Innovators Competition Winner, SoMeC, USA.
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