August 19 2013: The challenge of providing affordable broadband access is expected to be the central concern at the upcoming CTO Forum 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria, October 7-9.
Organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology and Nigerian Communications Commission on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Forum is the constitutionally mandated ‘flagship’ event of the CTO which takes place every year. It brings together Regulators, Governments, Operators, Vendors, Implementing Agencies and Universal Service Fund Administrators,while l highlighting global solutions to broadband infrastructure, revenue management and security challenges whilst demonstrating cutting edge innovations that have resulted from broadband implementations. From cloud computing to social media and youth engagement to e-governance the CTO Forum will offer insights into the future of ICT development across the Commonwealth and beyond.
Speakers will include Omobola JOHNSON, Minister of Communication Technology, Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, Nigeria ( in photo above); Dr. Eugene JUWAH, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Communications Commission and Simon MILNER, Policy Director, UK and Ireland for Facebook; Kofi Attor, Administrator, Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC); Dr. Dorothy OKELLO, Founder, Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET); William HEARMON, Chairman, 4G Africa Forum; Dr Adebola OLAJIDE, President, Society for Telemedicine and e-Health, Nigeria and Margaret Chalwe-Mudenda, Director General, Zambia Information and Communications.
The two and half days program will be composed of sessions and workshops by a variety of top international speakers, offering stimulating intellectual discussions with practical applications. This will be complemented by networking opportunities throughout the Forum.
Key topics include: Future Networks – Infrastructure development and enabling business; Internet Security and Cybersecurity – Developing protocol and ensuring resilience; Beyond Social Media – From likes to learning; Cloud – Infrastructure development, security concerns and data management -- and Broadband as an enabler for women, young people and entrepreneurs. Full agenda (PDF) here