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Meet Medallion Communications’ CEO, the BoICT entrepreneur of the year award recipient

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The honours keep coming for Engineer Ikechukwu Nnamani who has received ICT Entrepreneur of the Year award at the recent Beacon of ICT (BoICT) awards 2018.  

He was honoured, less than 10 days after inauguration as the First Vice President of ATCON.

Medallion Communications Limited is a household name in the Nigerian telecom industry as an authority in datacenter and interconnect exchange clearinghouse services.

Yes, under the leadership of the President/Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Ikechukwu Nnamani, the Company has strived and caved out a niche in the industry as currently has over 83 telecom operators in Nigeria as it customer including all the major GSM, LTE, CDMA, Fixed Line, ISPs, and Value Added Service Providers.

Medallion is currently the hosting site for the Nigerian Internet Registration Agency domain servers and a site for the Nigerian Internet Exchange Point.

Several crucial infrastructure providers such as Google, International Gateway Providers, etc are also hosted at Medallion.

Medallion’s Data Center in Lagos is today rated the most interconnected facility in the West African sub-region.

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.

He has won several national and international awards for his contribution to the growth of telecoms and ICT industry in the global information technology space. Most recently he was names the 2017 E-Payment Man of the Year by the Electronic Payment Providers Association of Nigeria (E-PPAN)

With over 15 years of core telecom experience, 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) as well as the Nigerian Internet Registration Agency (NiRA).

He has also promoted the establishment of Interconnect Clearinghouses in Africa, working recently with the Ghanaian Telecom Regulator (NCA) in the creation of the Interconnect Clearinghouse license in Ghana. He is currently helping to ensure there is a successful implementation of the license in the country.

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.

As a researcher at the Design Methodologies Laboratory, Tennessee State University, he was involved in the conceptual design of now patented Expanded Accommodation Tool used in the Joint Strike Force project by the United State Military.

The project was executed on behalf of Boeing Aerospace in St Louis, Missouri. He received numerous awards from Boeing Aerospace for his contribution to the success of the project.

He also designed and successfully tested a prototype Trident II submarine umbilical retract mechanism used by the United States Navy, Strategic Ballistic Missiles Defense Program. Engr. Nnamani was awarded a United States Navy plaque for outstanding work on the project.

His work has been published in numerous international publications including Boeing Aerospace newsletter, and the 2002 Region XI technical journal of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International.

Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering degree from Tennessee State University, Nashville Tennessee, USA as well as a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering degree from University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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Speaking on these awards, Engineer Nnamani told TechEconomy.ng that they are spurred to create more impacts in the industry they represent.

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The award winner comments, “Each time we win award it is an indication that we should work harder. It also shows us that the industry and the public are observing and appreciate what we are doing.

“What it means is that you just have to work harder. The team at Medallion deserve the recognition; they are formidable in all aspects. Irrespective of the environment, they have been able to do their best. So, the award is always dedicated to our staff”.