Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, the Chief Executive Officer of Medallion Communications Limited was on Saturday given a special recognition at year’s Nigeria Tech Innovation & Telecom Awards (NTITA).
According to InstintWave, who is the organizer of the annual award, the Medallion Boss was given the special recognition for his huge contributions to the Nigerian telecom industry, which has so many ways helped to bridge the digital divide.
“We decided to give this special recognition award to Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani for his contribution to the telecom sector,” said Mr. Akin Naphtal, coordination of the Nigeria Tech Innovation & Telecom Awards, while presenting the special recognition award to Engr. Nnamani at the NAF Conference Centre and Suites, Abuja on Saturday night.
Akin added the recognition is an affirmation of Engr. Nnamani’s role in championing the deployment of telecom infrastructure that promotes, develops, and distributes local contents and ensuring high quality of service is delivered to the subscribers at an affordable price.
As the Chief Executive Officer of Medallion Communications Limited, an interconnect clearinghouse and Co-location Data service Company, Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani has won several national and international awards for his contribution to the growth of telecoms and ICT industry in the global information technology space. He is the 2019 NANS Man of the Year, 2019 Beacon of ICT Hall of Fame Award Recipient, 2019 Nigeria Telecom Industry CEO of the Year, and 2019 ICT Industry Entrepreneur of the Year. He was also named the 2018 ICT Entrepreneur of the Year at the Beacon of ICT Award as well as won awards at 2018 Africa Digital Award. He graced the cover of the 2018 Top 20 CEOs edition of ICT Watch magazine; and was listed in the Top 100 ICT Contributors in 15 years. He is also the 2018 Telecom and ICT personality of the year. He was also awarded the 2018 Enterprise Award by the Transformation Institute in Toronto, Canada. He was the 2017 E-Payment Man of the Year.
With a core vision of bridging the digital divide between nations and integrates technologies for practical solutions, Engr. Nnamani focuses on implementing the core network infrastructure that promotes, develops, and distributes local contents 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. Over 80% of all internet traffic exchanged at the Nigerian Internet Exchange takes place at Medallion’s datacenters. He has also promoted the establishment telecom infrastructure in several African countries including Ghana, Togo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Kenya, Uganda, and Angola amongst others.
Engr. Nnamani is very active in promoting forward looking industry policies for the growth of the telecom industry across Africa working with both regulators as well as operators to achieve this goal. He currently acts as an Executive of the premier telecom body in Nigeria – the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) where he is currently the First Vice President. 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).
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 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.
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.