Nigeria : NIBN Celebrates 10 Years of Cellular Freedom

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In commemoration of the 10 years anniversary of the advent of GSM in Nigeria, Nigeria ICT Broadcasters Network (NIBN), a body of influential ICT producers and publishers involving television, radio, prints and the Internet will produce and unveil a definitive documentary and features tagged “10 Years of Cellular Freedom in Nigeria”.

According to a statement signed by president of NIBN, Mr. Bayero Agabi, 10 years of Cellular Freedom in Nigeria is the celebration of the advent of GSM in Nigeria in August 2001. The era ushered in three licensed Global System of Mobile (GSM) telephone companies that rolled out cellular telephony in the country to signal an end to years of frustrations for corporate Nigeria and the populace.

To honour the men and women who laboured to achieve the feat, the group will also host Cellular Heroes Dinner, which is an evening of entertainment, awards and recognition and would hold August 26, 2011 in Lagos.

“We look back from how far we have come. From zero mobile telephone line to about 90 million mobile telephone lines, the country holds the record as the fastest growing telecommunication industry in the world. GSM gives Nigerians power, freedom and voice. It touches our souls. It excites and energizes us to the point where we have surprised even ourselves. It has certainly captured the imaginations of Nigerians,” Agabi said.

Specifically, the objectives of the 10 years of Cellular Freedom project would among others involve the documenting of the advent, growth, development and maturity of cellular technology in Nigeria, celebration of individuals, companies and government agencies that have contributed to ensuring there is cellular freedom in Nigeria and the promotion of brands that propelled Nigeria telecommunications industry to global prominence.

The documentary and features will serve as guide and reference for Nigerians both at home and in the diaspora and foreign investors desirous of investing in the burgeoning Nigeria telecommunications sector, the group stated.

Giving the breakdown of the broadcast of the documentary, Agabi informed that it would be shown on all NIBN-affiliated channels such as Infotech Network on AIT, ICT Watch Africa on MITV and TECH TV on NTA/TV Continental.

It would also air on other 10 major syndicated television channels in Nigeria. In addition, the DVD version of the documentary would be mass-produced and circulated to major institutions and individuals across the country.

The milestone is also extended to the print media where the information would be published in all NIBN-affiliate magazines/newspapers including ICT Today, financialtechnology and Cyber Africa in August.

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