It was a double for the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) which emerged as the Outstanding Telecom Regulator of the Year over the weekend in Lagos at the annual Nigeria Tech Innovation & Telecom Awards (NTITA), widely known as Nigeria’s ICT Oscars Awards. The NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Prof. Umaru Garba Danbatta, emerged as the Telecom Industry Leader for 2021 to underscore the commission’s robust guidance of the sector as a regulator.
NTITA is regarded as the most famous and prestigious awards in the sector.
Meanwhile, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) was awarded Excellence in Driving Digital Regulations in a night star at the at the Plush Oriental Hotel, Lekki, where MTN Nigeria consolidated its industry with about five awards in the Customer Care, CSR, Social Impact Award, and Enterprise categories. The mobile network operator (MNO) will seal the night with a strong ‘Yhello’ presence as its CEO Karl Olutokun Toriola, was conformed as the Digital Personality of the Year.
MTN leads Nigeria’s telecom market with more than 74 million subscribers and is working through final licensing to launch its mobile money services that could redraw Nigeria’s fintech space.
Enugu leads the states
For Enugu state, NTITA 2021 was a blast with triple awards in its kitty. The ICT Governor of the Year Award went to Rt Hon, Dr. Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, affable governor of the south eastern state. It will be the first time that any governor or state from the south east will emerge top at NTITA.
“Enugu has demonstrated astute political willpower and commitment to youth and ICT development and here’s a testimony the governor’s effort,” said President of Africa Digital Economy Forum (ADEF) and immediate past President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Olusola Teniola.
Enugu state clinched the Tech Innovation Hub of the Year; and the Emerging Young Leader of The Year Award (Public Sector) by Elvis Obi-Nwankwo, S.A to the Enugu State Governor on Innovation, Science and Technology in addition to the coveted ICT Governor of the Year in recognition of Governor Ugwuanyi’s strong ICT policy-thrusts to rework the future of Enugu state on digital economy.
GMD/GCEO of VDT Communications Limited, Abiodun Omoniyi, received the NTITA Lifetime Award for contributions to the ICT sector while founder of Knowhow Media & Market Intelligence Limited and publisher of IT Edge News.ng, Segun Oruame was recognized for outstanding contributions to ICT reporting in Nigeria. Digitization Advocate of the Year went to Teniola, president of ADEF.
Nigeria’s most prized IT and Telecom event operates as a collaborative platform with stakeholders majorly ATCON, and the ADEF. The event is powered by InstinctWave, an ISO certified company.
NTITA celebrates the energy, creativity and commitment of the people, government, state actors and private enterprises driving the sector,” said Mr. Akin Naphtal, CEO of InstinctWave, Africa’s premium B2B event and media specialists.
Other NTITA 2021 WINNERS include:
|Unified Communications Provider of the Year||inq digital|
|Constructech Provider of the Year||wnm|
|Telecom Infrastructure Company of the Year||IHS|
|Satellite Company of the Year||Avanti|
|Metropolis Fibre Infrastructure Provider of the Year||Broadbased Communications|
|Innovative Cloud Communication Provider of the Year||Infobip Nigeria|
|Digital Services Provider of the Year||inq digital|
|Fastest Growing ICT Company of the Year||TeleAfrica Communications|
|Broadband Communication Service Provider of the Year||VDT|
|Innovative Connectivity Provider of the Year||ipNX Nigeria|
|Unified VAS Solutions Provider of the Year||CreditSwitch|
|System Integration Provider of the Year||Arravo|
|Digital Infrastructure Services Platform of the Year||Galaxy Backbone|
|Cyber Security Company of the Year||Datasixth|
|Tech Innovation Hub of The Year (Mentoring & Capacity Building)||Enugu State Tech-Hub|
|Innovative Data Center Provider of the Year||Rack Centre|
|Digital Bank of the Year||Fidelity Bank|
|Telecom Wholesale Provider of the Year||Broadbased Communications|
|Most Energy Efficient Infrastructure Provider of the Year||Pan African Towers|
|Innovative Tower Company of the Year||IHS|
|Excellence in Technological Innovations||Huawei|
|IoT Solutions Provider of the Year||inq digital|
|Digital Transformation Project of the Year||Reliance Infosystem|
|Smartphone Brand of the Year||Tecno|
|ICT Consulting Firm of the Year||Telepro|
|Datacenter Personality of the year||
Tunde Coker, CEO, Rackcentre