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Govts, Experts Discuss Big Data, Cloud Computing, Broadband At Wafict 2014

July 15, 2014

AS big data and cloud computing increasingly occupy the core of global activities in service delivery for both private and public sectors, how can governments and businesses in West Africa key into those areas through robust infrastructure to provide broadband to transform their countries?

This is the central focus of discussions for this year's West African Information and Communications Technology Congress (WAFICT 2014) whose theme is "Broadband for Transformational Development: Empowering peoples, governments and industries in West Africa with technologies and solutions to transform societies."

When government officials, regulatory agencies in telecom and information technology, telecom operators, computing and software firms, technology companies, manufacturers, and other stakeholders converge this year, therefore, their task will be to provide answers on how to maximally utilise the infrastructures that already on ground in the sub-region as well as increase or add new ones in order to deploy broadband as a transformational tool for development.

Consolidating on the gains of past editions, the 2014 WAFICT Congress will open new frontiers for all-round economic development across West Africa using technology. The two-day event, which will draw participants from across the sub-region, is billed to take place between October 30 and 31, in Lagos.

Running for the sixth consecutive year, the Congress is upping the ante this year, as it brings people at the highest levels of government, regulators, and operators as well as all stakeholders in the ICT industry together with one full focus of finding ways to leverage on technology for economic development. Globally, broadband technology is seen as veritable tool in driving economic growth and this is not without verifiable evidences from countries with huge broadband penetration.

According to the organisers, Africa'sICT magazine, IT & Telecom Digest, WAFICT 2014 is a grand platform to hear from governments and regulators in West Africa their policies, plans and strategies towards developing their economies with technology, especially as original equipment manufacturers as well as big data and cloud computing companies and professionals will feature prominently at the event.

The Congress, which holds alongside Exhibition, will provide an opportunity to beam further searchlights on cybercrimes and the challenging tasks for cybersecurity, as well as the way forward for local content in the telecom and ICT sectors in the sub-region. Telecom regulators and operators across the sub-region with top notch speakers will thus chart the course for the industry's growth.

The Editor in Chief of the Magazine, Mkpe Abang in a statement, said WAFICT 2014 will be building on the success of previous events; but this year's event presents delegates an even better platform as speakers and presentations will come from across many sectors, all of which sorely need broadband for their growth and the development of the society.

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Source: AllAfrica

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