By AANUOLUWA OMOTOSHO
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) are to lead the regulatory discussions on technology convergence at this year’s West Africa Convergence Conference (WACC 2016) holding in Lagos this November, chairman of the organizing committee for WACC, Engr. Kayode Gbadamosi, has announced.
Both regulatory authorities will lead the session on Regulation and Convergence that is to feature presentations from the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), Ghana and the National Broadcasting Commission. The NITDA will be making presentation on ‘Convergence, IT Regulation and the Promotion of Local Content’ while the NCC leads talks on ‘Regulation, Technology Neutrality and New Telecom Services in the era of Convergence.’ A presentation on ‘Regulations to Foster Growth of eBanking and eTransactions’ is expected to be delivered by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
This year’s theme is ‘Engage, Regulate, Leverage, Live Convergence’ and will be focusing on how operators and regulators are relating to the dynamics of disruptive technologies as convergence becomes pervasive across sectors.
“More than ever, the need to prevail over market challenges is forcing companies to be more innovative and to deploy technologies that ride on convergence. The frontier for new services and new experiences has never been this explored; and there are lots of new challenges for both regulators and operators finding common ground to best serve the market. The WACC offers the right platform for engagement and to relive the fact of convergence whether on the banking industry, health, broadcast and other sectors,” said Gbadamosi, former zonal director of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).
The event is scheduled to hold 9AM; Friday, November 30, 2016 inside the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos. Registration has opened at official event site: www.waconvergenceconference.net.