MainOne supports NgREN initiatives
MainOne, the leading communications service company and first private undersea cable company to land in Nigeria and Ghana, has identified National Research and Education Networks (NREN) services as a factor for the increment of knowledge development in Nigeria.
MainOne CEO Funke Opeke, represented by Gbenga Osinoiki, the head, public sector sales, said this in a presentation titled “Sustainable National Development through Research and Education Networks: The MainOne advantage” at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Research Education Network (REN) held at the ICT Centre in Software Engineering in Ile-Ife.
Opeke said the Research and Education Network was a transformation vehicle, innovation incubator, an economic development engine and an essential global platform for national and educational development.
She commended the efforts of the UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking schemes across Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Mozambique, South Africa and eight other NRENs, and noted that though they are successful, there is still need for the provision of high speed internet connectivity to universities at even lower costs.
She also acknowledged efforts by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVC) for their support of the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN), noting that the Network service would be beneficial for the development of e-education and social networking.
MainOne’s contribution to the propagation of ICT development in education and tertiary institutions form a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility tripod of Education, Information and Communications Technology, in addition to mentoring of the girl child.
MainOne is also leading sponsor of the annual Software Competition organised by the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria, the Girls-In-ICT Day, TENT as well as supports ideation and innovation clubs, such as the Co-Creation Hub, among others.