ALTON, Medallion, CloudFlex Join NCC, Digital Encode To Support NITRA’s Innovation Forum


By Olatunde R. Omisola

More companies have joined first movers telecommunications sector regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC) and Digital Encode in partnering with the national umbrella body of ICT reporters -Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), as plans reach advanced stage towards hosting its annual Innovation Forum in Lagos, a statement from NITRA’s National Secretariat in Lagos confirms.

The latest to indicate readiness to support NITRA in its virtual event are the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Medallion Communication and CloudFlex Encode. The Webinar is scheduled to hold on October 15, 2020.

The event will discuss the need for a fortified ICT sector after the COVID-19 era. It will also test the level of preparedness of ICT stakeholders to embrace the challenge of post-pandemic economy.

This year’s theme, “Multi-stakeholder Approach To National Recovery Post-Pandemic”, is in line with the annual event’s generic theme, ‘NITRA Innovative Tech Forum’, a contribution by NITRA to the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) innovations and policies in Nigeria.

The event will also offer participating companies opportunities to publicize some of their individual efforts at contributing to reacting a soft landing or lifeline for SMEs and other ancillary companies as the pandemic threatens their survival.

ALTON Chairman, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, while accepting to support the event reiterated how telecommunications operators were helping in the realization of financial inclusion initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Engr. Adebayo, at the event, will also throw more light on other ways the sector is supporting organisations outside of ICT to reposition post pandemic.

The Managing Director of CloudFlex, RemiAdejumo will share insight into how cloud computing could assist organisations to navigate through the business challenges that have arisen due to the pandemic.

According to him, “Cloud computing offers scalability and reliability that cannot be matched by a single enterprise. Scalability with regards to expanding of the infrastructure which can be done immediately while in most organisations, this would take a 4-12 weeks endeavour. You can scale up or down as required. It is more reliable as the infrastructure tends to be bigger with more redundancy and it has the ability to swap out faulty parts quicker or to move away from a faulty platform smoothly with no interruption.”

CloudFlex Computing Limited, formerly Comercio Cloud Limited is Nigeria’s’ leading Enterprise local cloud service Provider. The firm is one of the top choices for Cloud Solutions and managed data services for local and global businesses with great ambitions.

The company offers Information Technology as a service (Cloud services, Co-location, Managed solutions, Backup services, Disaster Recovery etc.), and support for diverse infrastructure need by providing Industry-specific Solutions.

Medallion Communications Limited, one of Nigeria’s Interconnect exchange clearinghouses and data center operator, offering telecommunications infrastructure development and Value Added Services in Mobile Banking, Number Portability and Emergency Communications Services, will also play a big role as it gives direction to the future at the Webinar event.

A statement from the company notes that while most interconnect operators focus on only transiting of calls, Medallion’s model offers full financial settlement and reconciliation of interconnect traffic. This, it says, greatly eliminates interconnect indebtedness in the industry and leads to accurate and timely processing of interconnect charges. The company also deploys a robust and efficient billing and settlement infrastructure that is transparent in the resolution of interconnect related billing issues, which will be one of the needs as the country expects heavy traffic both in data and call services occasioned by the need to go digital following the coronavirus (COVID-19)pandemic effects.

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