African VoIP Forum attracts leaders to Lagos

By   |  July 28, 2006

The third African VoIP Forum to be held in Nigeria during August has attracted a number of international and regional organisations that will take part in the three-day event. These include representatives from the International Telecommunications Union(ITU), senior Nigerian regulators and government representatives and regional industry organisations.

Paolo Rosa, head of standards co-operation and communications at the ITU has been confirmed as a speaker for the event. Nigeria’s chief regulator, Ernest Ndukwe, will also be speaking at the event which is expected to be opened by the Nigerian minister of communications, Cornelius Adebayo. Another keynote speaker is the president of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem.

The VoIP Forum is being supported by the African ISP Association, ISP Association of Nigeria, the Nigeria Internet Group, and the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS).

The VoIP Forum, third in its series in Africa, is being held in Nigeria for the first time. It is being organised jointly by AITEC Africa and Nigerian IT magazine IT Edge.

Three workshops will also being run alongside the main conference: The first is focused on providing corporate users with an introduction to VoIP and will be presented by Sunday Folayan, MD of Skannet Nigeria. The second workshop is aimed at ISPs and telecom operators and will focus on international VoIP links, with training provided by Mawuli Tse of iBasis. The third workshop will be presented by Russell Southwood or Balancing Act and will offer survival strategies for Telcos, ISPs & Cyber Cafes.

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