Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reiterated its faith in the vision of the AfricaNEXT Conference (AfricaNXT) to “co-create a prosperous future for all Africans” through collaboration, conversation and programming that are oriented in harvesting, harnessing and leveraging innovative technologies.
In a statement issued yesterday by NCC director of public affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, the executive vice chairman and chief executive officer (EVC/CEO) of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, stated this during a chat with the commission’s in-house media team last week, ahead of preparations by the NCC’s delegation for the confab, holding from 27th February to 4th March, 2022.
“The visualisations and concrete actions of the AfricaNXT conference are in congruence with NCC’s faith in the promise of technology to galvanise Nigeria’s, nay Africa’s, development. This explains our continued support and participation at the Conference which is now in its 10th year, and we will continue to play active roles in this event which takes place in Lagos annually,” the NCC boss said.
The EVC regretted his inability to lead NCC’s delegation to the conference because he is already slated to play a key governmental and institutional role at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2022, organised by GSM Association. The MWC, the world’s largest and most influential forum and exhibition by stakeholders in the mobile technology ecosystem, takes place in Barcelona annually in the same week AfricaNXT happens in Lagos.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic compelled the organisers to observe a low-key, strictly virtual conference in 2021, the 2020 conference was attended by over 20,000 people (both in-person and virtually). At the 2020 conference, NCC’s discourse overviewed the Fifth Generation (5G) technology and services, where the panelists explained 5G, which at that time, seemed like an abstract idea to many.
At the AfricaNXT 2022, the NCC will take the discourse on 5G further in a more pragmatic context in view of the progress achieved over the past two years.
The thematic focus for its panel of discussants is, “Moving Forward Steadily, Timely and with Precision: The Socio-Economic Significance of Deployment of 5G Services.”