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Glo gets double honours at BoICT awards


Globacom was one of the biggest winners at the 10th anniversary of Beacon of ICT (BoICT) awards.

Apart from clinching the coveted “Most Innovative Mobile Player” of the year award, the operator was also inducted into the ICT Hall of Fame in recognition of its outstanding contributions to the growth of Nigeria’s telecom industry in the last decade during the event at the Eko hotels and suites in Lagos last Saturday.

The BoICT Award was instituted in 2009 to reward individuals and corporate organisations that have helped to develop ICT in Nigeria and make life more meaningful through innovations in information technology.

The Chairman, Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, who presented the award to Globacom, described the company as a game changer of the telecom industry.

Adebayo, who recalled the difficulties experienced in the early days of telecom service in Nigeria, noted that but for the innovation of Per Second Billing (PSB) system introduced by Globacom, the industry would have taken longer to achieve that feat.

“I want to personally congratulate Globacom for winning the Most Innovative Mobile Player of Year award tonight. Though Globacom came at a later date, its introduction of PSB system at a time earlier operators said it was not achievable, changed the rule of the game. For that unique innovation and many more others it has introduced since then, Globacom deserved this award”, he said.

Adebayo also called on the government to resolve the problem of multiple taxations in the industry and formulate policies to protect the industry’s critical infrastructure.

He described the threat by the Nigerian Airspace Management Authority to shut down operators’ base stations as a threat to national security that will have grave consequences for the country.

In his welcome address, Ken Nwogbo, founder and CEO of Communication Week Media Limited and organisers of the BoICT Award Series, said that in the last 10 years, “Beacon of ICT Awards Series has become widely regarded as the last most prestigious annual event available in the ICT industry in Nigeria”.

The event was attended by key players in the nation’s telecom sector such as the industry’s legend, Dr. Chris Uwaje, President of the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Mr Olusola Teniola; Managing Director of Vodacom Business, Wale Odeyemi; Managing Director of Systemspecs, Mr John Obaro; Managing Director of Rack Centre; Tunde Coker, and Muyiwa Ogungboye of e.Stream Networks Limited.

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