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LAGOS TO HOLD BIGGEST PHONE EXPO

The maiden edition of Phone Expo Nigeria 2014 (PEN 2014), scheduled to hold in Lagos, is planned to be the largest annual gathering of the Nigerian mobile ecosystem, says the show producers.

A statement from the organizers of the expo said the event  is slated for December 2-6, 2014 with the theme: “Next Frontiers of Connected Nigeria”.

Founder/Group CEO of Technology Times, Mr. Shina Badaru said PEN 2014 will offer an annual gathering that brings together diverse segments of the biggest market in the Nigerian economy, the vibrant mobile telephony subscribers.

He said the event will focus on four key areas that matter to the Nigerian Mobile Marketplace: BITE: Business, Innovation, Thought Leadership and Entertainment.

“PEN 2014 will co-locate PEN 2014 Exhibitions, PEN 2014 Mobile App Challenge; PEN 2014 Thought Leadership Conferences and Miss PEN 2014 Pageants, to deliver maximum benefits to Show visitors, partners, sponsors and advertisers, according to Technology Times.

“We are pleased to be producing PEN 2014 with our partners to evolve the annual must-attend mobile telephony show in Nigeria that will become the flagship exhibitions and trade show catering exclusively for the mobile ecosystem,” he said.

Badaru cited that the latest telecommunications market statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) showed that by June 2014, Nigeria’s telecommunications market base had grown to 130,780,703 active telephone subscriber lines; 67,197,505 Internet users and 93.41% teledensity.

“In the course of our PEN 2014 planning, we found out that except for the freely-given gifts of nature like air, sunlight and rain, the telecommunications market today ranks top in number of customers spread across the geographically-dispersed landscape of Nigeria. The indices and indicators also point to a vibrant ecosystem that fosters innovation, job creation and overall growth within the Nigerian economy”, Badaru stated.

Also commenting, Programmes Manager, PEN 2014, Miss Omotola Raheem, said the Show has been divided into four co-located events to cater for the diversity of the Nigerian mobile ecosystem.

She said the PEN 2014 Thought Leadership Conferences would serve as a powerful magnet for industry professionals to share ideas about market trends, policy and other issues that shape and define the mobile diversity in Nigeria.”

The PEN 2014 will hold December 2-6, 2014 at the University of Lagos.

“UNILAG is already home to a population of 40,000 and has been chosen to host the maiden edition of PEN 2014 because of its central location and accessibility from all parts of Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria and influential hub of the nation’s mobile ecosystem,” Raheem added.

 “UNILAG is already home to a population of 40,000 and has been chosen to host the maiden edition of PEN 2014 because of its central location and accessibility from all parts of Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria and influential hub of the nation’s mobile ecosystem,” Raheem added.

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