Medallion Wins Multiple NTITA Awards, Tasks FG on ICT Infrastructure

President ATCON, Tenioloa Olusola, CEO Sunnet Olagunju Paul, CEO Medallion Communication, Ikechukwu Nnamani at the Telecoms Executive Forum.

Medallion Communications, one of Nigeria’s leading interconnect company won two presiticous award at the first edition of the Nigeria Tech Innovation and Telecoms (NTITA) award organised by the Accociation of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria, (ATCON).
The awards are the Inter-connect Provider of the year and Telecoms Solution Support Company.
Chief Executive Officer of Medallion, Mr. Ikechukwu Nnamani after receiving the award noted that it is the mark of Medallion’s unwavering support for the telecoms industry in Nigeria noting that it will not rise on its oars.
Medallion is an interconnect exchange clearinghouses, telecoms carrier for hotels and data hosting facilities, a telecommunications infrastructure development gaint as well as value added services provide.
While commending the organisers for promoting excellence in the industry, he acknowledged promising that the award, the second in the year, would further spur it to redefine interconnectivity and data center services in the country.
Nnamani was on the panel of discussion at the Telecoms Executive Forum, also organised by ATCON revealed that states government in Nigeria are not aware of the need to have a vibrant ICT infrastructure saying, “The state authorities don’t know what ICT can bequeath them.”
While appealing to the Federal Government to intervene, Nnamani stressed the fact that lack of finance has hindered so many operators from expanding and rolling out of new services.

He said:“There is need for infrastructure bank. The economic situation in the country has made it difficult to race finance for infrastructure development in the telecoms sector. With adequate finance, the country can reach 50 % broadband penetration by next year.”
He observed meeting the 2018 target requires so many things stressing that most states governments have continue to impose all sort of frivolous taxes and levies on the operators, deny them access to deploy and, sometimes, shut down their base stations in case of default in the frivolous levies.
According to him, most states are yet to understand the economic value of telecoms through having unhindered ICT infrastructure deployment in their states, urging ATCON to begin visit and dialogue with the state government officials to further create awareness on the economic values of telecoms to their state’s economic and social development.
Isaiah Erhiawarien, West Africa

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