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The Chief Executive Officer, Geoid Telecommunications Nigeria, the newest entrant into Nigeria's Internet service provider market, Mr. Olubiyi Ismail, has been selected as one of the speakers at the West and Central Africa Com conference and exhibition holding in Dakar, Senegal.

The West and Central Africa Com is an annual event dedicated to the communications markets of West and Central Africa, and has become the meeting place for operators (fixed, mobile, wireless), ISPs, regulators, investors and vendors from the region to debate the future of telecommunications in their markets and to meet their peers.

The Geoidtel CEO will be a part of a broadband panel, which will focus on identifying the next steps for fixed-lines, mobile and wireless operators to deliver reliable and affordable broadband services to West and Central Africa.

During the panel session, Ismail will assess the pros and cons of the various technologies available for broadband deployment and evaluate the necessary investment to deliver broadband in West and Central Africa.

Internet penetration, despite having achieved substantial growth levels, is still regarded as low and yet to match the growth attained in the telecoms sector, especially in the West African region.

The high cost of accessibility and inadequate infrastructure to promote Internet usage have been identified as barriers to achieving favourable levels of Internet penetration.

Evolving strategies towards attaining favourable Internet penetration would be the focus at the 2010 edition of the West and Central AfricaCom conference and exhibition.

To join Ismail on the broadband panel are the Chief Executive Officer, Zoom Mobile, Nigeria, Mr. Ken Aigbinode; Chief Executive Officer, Isocel Telecoms, Benin, Mr. Robert Aouad; and Group Director-General, Connecteo, Senegal, Mr. Felix Weyerstahl.