WACC History

The IT Edge West Africa Convergence Conference was instituted in 2005 when it first held as the Telecoms CEOs Summit at the Digital Bridge Institute in Abuja.

In 2006, it held in Lagos as the Africa VoIP Forum in conjunction with London based AITEC Africa.

It took on its present name in 2007 and has held consistently in Lagos since then except in 2009 when it held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.

Since 2010 to date it has held at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos.

Since 2005, Forum has drawn strategic participation from stakeholders across West Africa including Government Ministries, Agencies, Departments and Regulators across West Africa notably the National Communications Authority (Ghana), the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC); and Public Utility Regulatory Authority (the Gambia). Industry Association include: the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) and the Sierra Leone ICT Association (SLICTA).

It has the singular honour of being the only event that has consistently enjoyed the widest reach in terms of participation from the West Africa sub-region in accordance with its founding vision of setting the tone for technology and regulatory convergence within the ECOWAS sub-region.

Forum has enjoyed tremendous Support, Sponsorship and Participation from the private business sector and public sector players such as the Nigerian Communications Commission- NCC; National Information Technology Development Agency-NITDA; Ericsson, Airtel, MTN; First Bank Nigeria; Data Science Nigeria Ltd: Busy Internet, Ghana; Globacom, Layer 3, Phase Three Telecom, Galaxy Backbone, Nigcomsat Limited, Precise Financial Services, Junisat, Unique Solutions (Gambia), SBTS Group (Sierra Leone), Soft Tribe Company, Network Computer Services, Kasapa (Ghana); Sidmach Technologies; Medallion Communications; Resource Intermediaries; Rack Center; ICS Outsourcing and several others.

Forum official site is www.thewacc.net and has served to provide information on the yearly event as well as provide the window for registration and participation from delegates from about 18 countries including France and United Kingdom; Kenya, South Africa, United States, Geneva, United Kingdom; Kenya and Sweden; Rwanda; all outside the core West Africa area. More than 8,500 delegates forming a good chunk of the high level critical representation have been part of the event in Lagos and Abuja since 2004. General participation including online registration has been in excess of the 10,000 mark.

Forum has elicited wide industry support for its ability to provide a meeting point for shared ideas and networking. Every year, Forum set the tone for discourse on Convergence Technologies to drive divergent services and appropriate regulatory approaches to addressing convergence trends.