The first ICT Expo in Namibia closed its doors on Saturday following nine days which saw a good numbers of visitors flocking to the President's Hall at the Windhoek Show Grounds, to be a part of this truly awe-inspiring event.

When opening the exposition, Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Raphael Dinyando, urged the ICT role players to bring digital technologies to Namibia.

And indeed, the digital world in all its excitement pervaded the event, with all the ground-breaking technologies that underpin it. The stands in the exposition hall were full of innovation and advanced technology was abundantly in display. From mobile gaming, email on the move to the world of virtualisation, visitors were treated to a host of colourful displays and high-tech gadgetry.

Managing Director of Telecom Namibia, Frans Ndoroma, when addressing a Customer Appreciation Cocktail on 30 September, said the Expo was the ideal platform for the public to find out about the latest technologies and innovation for telecommunication and ICT industry. Telecom Namibia occupied six of the 60 stalls at the event.

"Despite the difficult economy, Telecom Namibia's stands are as popular as ever. Our visitors range from business customers, the farming community and general consumers. They are coming to our stands in search of new trends and technology solutions, bargains, product information and products to purchase, as well as general queries," Ndoroma said.

Telecom Namibia displayed its new mobile devices, broadband offerings, and other innovative solutions and services for corporate customers. The company's powerful suite of broadband products struck a chord with the Expo visitors. "Our fixed broadband products, commonly known as ADSL and WiMAX, are offered to clients without any usage limit. This is unheard of in southern Africa if not the whole of Africa," Ndoroma said.

General Manager of ICT and Corporate Business Solutions at Telecom Namibia, Coenraad Coetzee observed that the ICT Expo showcased the trends and technologies that define future global lifestyles. "Namibia is forging ahead, both in terms of introducing new technologies and the way the country interacts with these technologies to define new digital lifestyles," Coetzee said.

"If I have one hope as the Expo concludes, it is that these technologies can truly transform the way we live, no matter who we are or where we live in the world. To achieve this transformation we must all commit to making ICTs available and affordable to all Namibians", he said.

"As bags are packed and visitors return to their homes, how will the ICT industry remember this event? As well as the innovation, the lively displays, the busy stalls and the fun, I hope its real legacy is as a milestone in our commitment to bring the best in ICT to Namibia," he concluded.

The ICT Expo ran concurrently with the Windhoek Industrial and Agricultural Show from the 25 September to 3 October 2009.



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