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We have almost covered the Country with our Connectivity Rollout – Galaxy Backbone

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Galaxy Backbone, an information technology and shared services provider of the Federal Government of Nigeria, has said that it has almost covered the 36 states of the federation and the FCT Abuja, with its infrastructure backbone connectivity rollout.

Prof. Muhammed Bello Abubakar, the Managing Director/Chief Executive of Galaxy Backbone Limited, made this known at the Africa Tech Alliance Forum (AfriTECH 2.0) held in Lagos recently.

Abubakar speaking during a fireside session with Mr. Peter Oluka, Editor, TechEconomy, through Dauda Oyeleye, Galaxy Backbone’s Regional Manager, Lagos & Southwest, said that in terms of connectivity rollout, Galaxy Backbone had about four years ago, reached about 11 States down the South, noting that currently, the rollout is spreading fast to the North.

“As we speak, in our second phase, we have delivered about 9 states also that are already connected, making it 20. Another 9 is about 70 per cent completed, and by the end of this phase two, in about six months from now, we will have about 31 states connected with the ability to easily connect the remaining states,” he said.

Responding to a question about government control and dominance, Abubakar said that even if the government takes all the Backbone’s capacity, it cannot be more than 25 percent of what it (Galaxy Backbone) can do, noting, however, that the company has made partnership a key focus of his administration, and backbone the centre of its connectivity as a company.

“Galaxy backbone is providing the enabling environment which service providers can leverage to also provide services. Just as I have mentioned the number of states that we are currently in, Galaxy will not have the capability to distribute broadband to all these locations where we are presently; we have to work with the private sector,” he said.

He urged organisations to talk to Galaxy Backbone more and understand the company’s rollout plans and begin to leverage its capacity to see how they can deliver services because all the issues about sustainability and digitalization are all tied to broadband penetration.

“We have actually provided the backbone infrastructure that will enable a lot of digital transformation, but we cannot do it alone. It’s just an enabling infrastructure, and we have a lot of room to partner with so many people,” Prof Abubakar further assured.

Galaxy Backbone boasts a world-class Tier IV Data Centre located in Kano, which the MD/CEO said is ready for commissioning. This is in addition to the existing Tier III Data centre in Abuja FCT.

“We are already talking to people who are partnering with us. What it means is that you can have the Kano Data centre as a backup for many other data centres that are emerging currently. It can also be used as a primary data centre where you can host your service directly, especially those whose data centres are connected over fibre to our data centre in Abuja.

“We also have a dedicated data centre with so many nodes. As I said, the capacity is massive. We have packages to sell to our customers as well as to end users. We also have packages for our partners who might want to resell,” he said.

Galaxy Backbone was created in 2006, with the objective of harmonizing government infrastructure.

Since its creation, it has eliminated the hitherto existential bottlenecks in connectivity and has succeeded in connecting various ministries, departments and agencies of government.

Galaxy Backbone Limited also received AfriTECH 2022 ‘Data Centre Company of the Year Award, in recognition of the leading role towards providing backbone connectivity to MDAs in Nigeria and other clientele.

L-r: Prof. Abdu-Ja’afaru Bambale, Executive Director, Technical Services, NIGCOMSAT representing the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami during the presentation of Data Centre Company of the Year Award to Galaxy backbone received by Dauda Oyeleye, Regional Manager, Lagos & South West (GBB) with Chike Onwuegbuchi, Co-Founder, TechCastle Foundation observing.

L-r: Peter Oluka, Co-Convener, AfriTECH; Prof. Abdu-Ja’afaru Bambale, Executive Director, Technical Services, NIGCOMSAT presenting Data Centre Company of the Year Award to Galaxy backbone received by Dauda Oyeleye, Regional Manager, Lagos & South West (GBB)and Chike Onwuegbuchi, Co-Founder, TechCastle Foundation observing, during AfriTECH 2.0

L-r: Prof. Abdu-Ja’afaru Bambale, Executive Director, Technical Services, NIGCOMSAT presenting Data Centre Company of the Year Award to Galaxy backbone received by Dauda Oyeleye, Regional Manager, Lagos & South West (GBB)and Chike Onwuegbuchi, Co-Founder, TechCastle Foundation observing, during AfriTECH 2.0

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AfriTECH 2.0: Outstanding Individuals, Organisations to be Honoured

AfriTECH 2.0 is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, November 09, 2022 in Lagos, Nigeria; starting 9:00am under the theme: ‘Sustainability and The Company of the Future’. 

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Outstanding individuals and organisations in Africa shall be honoured as part of the activities lined up for this year’s Africa Tech Alliance Forum (AfriTECH 2.0) in Lagos, Nigeria.

AfriTECH 2.0 is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, November 09, 2022 in Lagos, Nigeria; starting 9:00am under the theme: ‘Sustainability and The Company of the Future’. 

The panel discussions will focus on ‘Harnessing Digital Identity for Digital Economy Agenda’; ‘Creating Sustainable Future through Connectivity’; ‘Blockchain & Cryptocurrency – The Future of Money’; and ‘Cloud Computing in 5G Era – Everything-As-A-Service’.

Already confirmed speakers for AfriTECH 2.0 include Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Professor Muhammed Bello Abubakar, the Managing Director/Chief Executive of Galaxy Backbone Limited; Mr. James Agada, former CEO of CWG PLC (chairman of AfriTECH 2.0); Mr. Olufemi Ake, MD, ESET West Africa; Emmanuel Amos, President, InnovationBed Africa; Jude Ozinegbe, Convener of Cyberchain Conference & Exhibition; Engineer Ikechukwu Nnamani, President, Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), among others.

Africa Tech Alliance Forum (AfriTECH 2.0) is geared towards celebrating and rewarding companies on the African continent that have demonstrated excellence in the areas of innovative product/service development.

Categories include:

§  Digital Economy Hero of the Year

§  5G CORE LEADERSHIP Award

§  Digital Economy Ambassador of the Year

§  Best Public Sector Digital Project of the Year

§  Digital Identity Excellence Award

§  Digital Advocate of the Year

§  CyberSecurity Company of the Year

§  CyberSecurity Product of the Year

§  CyberSecurity Woman of the Year

§  PAN-Africa CyberSecurity Excellence Award

§  Digital Identity CEO of the year

§  Digital Identity Company of the Year

§  Best Customer Identity and Access Management Award

§  Data Hosting Company of the Year

§  Carrier Neutral Data Centre of the Year

§  Data Centre Company of the Year  

§  Excellence Award in Data Centre Operations

§  Excellence Award in Cloud Computing Innovation

§  Data Centre CTO of the Year

§  Africa Digital Enabler Award

§  AfriTECH Best CPaaS Provider of the Year

§  Best Rich Media Experience Provider of the Year

§  Technology Company of the Year

§  Telecoms Company of the Year

§  Telecoms Woman of the Year

§  Best Technology Startup of the Year

§  Best Fintech Startup of the Year

§  Blockchain Technology Advocate of the Year (Group)

§  Blockchain Technology Mastery Personality of the Year

§  Innovation Hub of the Year

§  EduTech Startup of the Year

§  Best Cryptocurrency Market Exchange

§  Best Crypto Trading Platform of the Year

§  Best Crypto Exchange Platform of the Year

§  Best B2B eCommerce Startup of the Year

§  Most Promising Cloud Computing Company of the Year

§  Software Company of the Year

§  Mobile Phone Brand of the Year

§  ERP Tech Innovation Award

Commenting on the significance of the year’s AfriTECH Awards, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, the Co-Founder of TechCastle Foundation, says: “The main reason to organise this award as part of activities for AfriTECH 2.0 is to show appreciation for the achievement of specific individuals and organisations whose consistencies and resilience have led to unprecedented digital transformation in Africa.

For their efforts and grit – whether in government or private practice, they have represented the Continent well and AfriTECH 2.0 AWARDS ceremony provides a unique opportunity to appreciate their efforts.

Registration to be part of AfriTECH 2.0 is still ongoing. Visit the link here or click: https://africatechallianceforum.africa/index.html.

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Pantami Calls On Muslims To Build More Mosques, Islamic Centres

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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, has underscored the significance of building more mosque as a centre for the integration and advance of Islam and Muslim community in the country.

He said that historically, mosque had played a significant role in the development of Islamic Culture and Education, adding that the first University to be established in the world started from a mosque.

“The second University to be established globally also originated from a mosque. Similarly, the first University and first Degree Awarding institution in the world was the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Morocco.

“It was followed by the University of Al Azhar in Cairo, Egypt, both of them originated from a mosque. This is to show us that mosque is not only where we converge and pray five daily prayers, but a mosque is supposed to be a centre of learning, centre for child upbringing, uniting Muslims and a centre for guidance and counseling.

“Also, a mosque is a place where Muslims are taught good moral behavior and it is a place for economic development and so on.”

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Federal Government Eyes Local Production Of SIM Cards

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The Minister for Communication and Digital Economy, Mr Isa Pantami, on Tuesday, disclosed that Nigeria has the requisite capacity to commence local production of Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) cards.

Mr Pantami disclosed this in Abuja, while briefing members of the House of Representatives on the importance of an Executive Bill which seeks to ‘provide for the creation and development of an enabling environment for Technology Enabled Startups in Nigeria.’

According to him, the proposed bill further seeks to create enabling environment for technology innovators in Nigeria to maximise their potential by becoming job creators in the ICT sector and attract investments to expand numerous business ideas by young Nigerians who come up with problem-solving innovations on daily basis without having to depend on government for sustainability.

Pantami said since the private sector controls 91 per cent of financial inflow into the economy as demonstrated by available statistics, the Bill when passed into law will encourage investors seeking to expand innovative ideas.

According to the Minister: “There are 7 Unicorns in Africa and five have roots in Nigeria with offices in Nigeria but registered in other countries due to lack of enabling laws to protect their innovations and investment.

“One of the start-ups that came up in 2018, by 2020, their value rose to $3 trillion which is the largest in Africa, and they are based in Lagos.

“The essence of this Bill first of all is to create jobs for the teeming youths through these innovations and improve the economy,” Pantami said.

He said the Bill when enacted will create a regulatory Council which will be chaired by the President, with a view to providing policy guidance to tech startups.

“There will be a Council to be chaired by the President which is the best practice anywhere in the world. He has accepted to be the Chairman and my humble self as Minister will deputise Mr President on the Council,” he said.

While speaking, some of the members, led by the Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa demanded for details on the competitiveness of the sector under the Council to be chaired by the President and the Minister as Deputy.

They also raised concerns on the area of funding, asking if the proposed Council won’t add further burden on the already overstretched federal purse, as well as its effects on the role of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC).

While responding, the Minister explained that the Bill seeks to encourage competition and not discourage it.

He said the Council will be chaired by the President means no bottleneck will hinder it and the implementation of executive policies in the start-up subsector.

He added that “funding can’t be an issue because the Private sector controls 91% of financial inflow into the economy,” and that “the Council is to create an enabling environment for inventors to come in and invest in the startups which is what obtains anywhere in the world.”

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