Globacom contributions to digital information is inestimable- Adebayo Shittu
The Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu has reiterated that the digital information has helped the nation in an unquantifiable way.
He made this disclosure while delivering the keynote address at an event in Lagos, the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, said that Nigeria had confidence in its home-grown industries and would, therefore, continue to give them preference over foreign counterparts.
He cited the example of Globacom that lived up to the yearnings of Nigerian in 2003 when it pioneered the per second billing system, as against the claims of foreign operators that the system was not possible as at that time.
Before the roll out of Globacom, telecoms consumers were charged per minute for all calls.
Also in his presentation at the event, the director in charge of e-government in the federal ministry of communication, Mr. Temitope Fashedemi, said Globacom’s multimillion dollar submarine cable backbone had reduced the cost of access to digital information in Nigeria.
According to him, the facility had brought the internet closer to the people. He discouraged data users from hosting their data offshore, saying that it was more secure for Nigerian companies and organisations to domicile their data in servers in Nigeria using local service providers.
Earlier, Globacom had made an insightful presentation on the topic “Towards a Digitalised Future.”
In the paper presented on behalf of the company by Tega Agofure , Globacom stated that the future was already in sight as people were already living their daily lives using dozens of digital connections for business and personal convenience.
According to Globacom, besides smart phones, there are already billions of connected objects across the world with smart sensors embedded in cars, microwaves ovens, fuel dispensers, generators and so many other tools and appliances which interact and provide real time data to businesses and individuals.
“Video on Demand will soon surpass conversional television viewership, while Online Stores are fast replacing Brick and Mortar,” Agofure stated.