By Idris Bakare
The Chief Executive Officer, Medallion Communication Limited, Ikechukwu Nnamani has emerged as the new National President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON). His election took place at the Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) and National Executive Council Elections held in Lagos.
In his acceptance speech, Nnamani said he would focus attention on core areas during his tenure. These, he said, would include the provision of enabling environment for further growth of the telecom industry and pursuit of Telecom financing.
Nnamani who was the former Vice President of the association during 2018/2020 administration, has a core vision of bridging the digital divide between nations and to integrate technologies for practical solutions.
Engr. Nnamani’s company focuses on implementing the core network infrastructure that promotes, develops, and distributes local content and ensuring high quality of service is delivered to the subscribers at an affordable price.
Under his leadership the Medallion datacenter in Lagos is rated the most interconnected facility in the West African sub-region being the number 1 peering point for the region and boosting all submarine cables in the region, long distance providers, metro fiber providers, mobile services providers, fixed services providers, OTT providers, Internet Exchange, VAS providers, and global Tier1 service providers, amongst others.
He also serves as an Executive Board member of Nigerian Internet Registration Association, the organization responsible for managing Nigeria’s Country Code Top Level Domain (.ngTLD).
Engr. Nnamani equally played a key role in the design and manufacture of Luxcore’s LambdaXchange. The LambdaXchange is the world first demonstrated All Optical Router. The LambdaXchange won the best system award at the 2001 Optical Fiber Conference at Anaheim, California.
Prior to co-founding Medallion, Engr. Nnamani worked as an optical systems engineer at Luxcore Networks Inc., in Atlanta Georgia, USA. While at Luxcore, he helped design and manufactured Luxcore’s Semiconductor Waveguide Optical Regenerative Device.
It is the world’s first integrated photonic wavelength converter chip. It guarantees non-blocking of traffic flow in telecommunication networks.
Engr. Nnamani holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee State University, Nashville, USA.
Reacting as a president elect, Nnamani stated that his administration looks forward to strengthening the membership and making sure members of the association are well represented in all levels.
According to him, “The core agenda of my administration is to strengthen the membership and make sure that every member of ATCON gets good representation in the area of advocacy.
“Also to focus on the need of our members, especially in areas where they are have challenges with government agencies, regulators. It is easier when members come through the association to address issues affecting them than when they go alone because you suddenly notice you’re not the only one facing same challenge. When the regulator sees that more than one entity is facing same challenge, they take it more serious than when they feel it’s isolated to one company.
“The other area I intend to also pursue is telecom financing. A lot of our members have complained about challenges in accessing the right means of equity or even forex to those that require importation of technical equipment and infrastructure. So, my administration will be engaging with the relevant government agency to put an end to such challenges,” he said.