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Glo Partners OEMs, Unveils Smartphone Festival

 

Telecommunication company, Globacom has collaborated with some original equipment manufacturers, OEMs, including Samsung, Nokia, Huawei, Infinix and Techno, to bring smart phone festival on board.

According to the company, the new initiative was brought about in order to offer value to customers who desire to own various categories of smartphones.

With the Smartphone Festival, Glo customers will be able to get smartphones of their choice at the best price from any Gloworld shop across Nigeria. In addition, each smartphone purchase will come with six months of free data, extended warranty, screen guards, memory cards and phone covers, among many other freebies.

 The company said in a statement that the initiative was conceived of to deepen broadband penetration and also encourage customers to own smartphones of their choice as to be able to harness the immense benefits inherent in the communication tool. 

It added that customers will also be entitled to free recharge card or voice bundle on every purchase just as they will enjoy personal attention and first-class customer care service.

“The offer is consistent with our commitment to meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations. The festival will hold every two months and will last for 15 days.  Customers who wish to avail themselves of this offer are required to walk into any of our retail outlets nationwide to pick any smartphone of their choice.”

Phase3 Calls for Strategic Synergy with Nigerians in Diaspora to Invest in ICT

 

L-R, AGM, Int’l Business, Phase3, Abiodun Bamidele, Head, Infrastructure, Abdullatef Aliyu, Mrs. Abike Dabiri Erewa, SSA to President Muhammadu Buhari, Foreign Affairs and Mrs. Morayo Nwabufo, Head, Corporate Communications

 

One of West Africa’s largest independent fibre optic infrastructure services provider, Phase3 Telecom, has said called on local investors in ICT space and Nigerians in the diaspora to explore the huge opportunities in ICT by strategically investing to improve quality service delivery.

The company asserted that it is privileged to be part of federal government efforts to cull investment and engender the active participation of the nation’s diasporas in socio-economic development particularly through the ICT sector.

In a statement made available to the media by the company’s Head of Corporate Comunications, Mrs. Morayo Nwabufo, quoted the Firm’s General Manager, Mr. Korede Alaiyemola, as saying that its contribution to the 2018 Diaspora Day Conference was ignited with the conviction that diasporas can play strategic role that would enhance consistent growth of the Nigerian ICT sector towards making it to be at par with foremost global economies.

The GM however acknowledged that there are very few players and operators exploring these vast opportunities, as diasporas’ investment into the ICT space would be greatly beneficial to the country.

To deepen penetration in ICT space, he said: “To attain 30 percent broadband penetration by 2020; capitalise on local innovation for ICT sector improvement; provide winning solutions to cub Infrastructure deficiencies; leverage on ICT for content delivery in health, education, agriculture, oil & gas, banking and other sectors – more private investment and CAPEX is required as the government cannot do it alone.”

Mr. Abdullateef Aliyu, the Company’s Head of Infrastructure, said the ICT sector is an immeasurably amazing one, and that channeling huge capital investment into the sector would not only accelerate its growth but will position it as the choice arrowhead of weaning Nigeria off its dependency on revenue generation from the oil and gas sector.

“And ICT being an enabler in its own right is indeed an effective catalyst to ensure an upward trend in sustainable development opportunities in the nation’s smaller communities that are yet to be penetrated.” he said.

According to him, diasporas can serve as the conduit for harnessing international sources of finance, technology and technical skills that would enhance, promote and stimulate job creation in Nigeria’s ICT sector, with an added advantage of boasting professionals with relevant skills to put in place sophisticated mechanism to prevent , detect and expose hidden fraud in its and other sectors.

He urged diasporas to change the narrative by getting involved in building scalable business solutions to solve challenges in the sector.

 

Report: Mobile Phone Subscription in Nigeria, Others to Hit 634m by 2025

 

 

 

The recent mobile economy report of GSM Association (GSMA), has predicted that more than half the population of sub-Saharan Africa would be subscribed to mobile phone by 2025.

The report, which was published at the just concluded GSMA ‘Mobile 360 – Africa’ event in Kigali, Rwanda, estimated that there would be 634 million unique mobile subscribers across sub-Saharan Africa by 2025, equivalent to 52 per cent of the population.
This, it stated would be up from the 444 million (about 44 per cent) recorded by the country at the end of last year.

The report also estimated that the mobile ecosystem would add more than $150 billion in value to sub-Saharan Africa’s economy by 2022, equivalent to almost 8 per cent of regional GDP.

Analysing details of the report, the Chief Regulatory Officer at the GSMA, John Giusti, said, “For many citizens across the region, particularly those living in rural areas, a mobile phone is not just a communications device but also the primary channel for getting online and a vital tool for improving their lives.

“More needs to be done to extend connectivity to the remaining unconnected and underserved populations across sub-Sahara Africa, but this will require a focus on long-term industry sustainability that can only be achieved through investment-friendly policies and supportive regulatory frameworks.”

Meeting the affordability challenge of a youthful population, sub-Saharan Africa had been the world’s fastest-growing mobile region in recent years, but subscriber growth was slowing down as the industry faces the challenges of affordability and a youthful population. The region’s current mobile penetration rate, which is put at 44 per cent of the population, was significantly below the global average of 66 per cent.

Furthermore, according to the World Bank, around 40 per cent of the population in the region are under the age of 16, a demographic segment that has significantly lower levels of mobile ownership than the population as a whole, the report said.
However, despite these challenges, smartphone adoption continues to increase rapidly thanks to lower device costs, which was serving to accelerate migration to 3G/4G mobile broadband networks and services.

“Today’s report predicts that mobile broadband will account for 87 per cent of mobile connections in sub-Saharan Africa by 2025, up from 38 per cent in 2017. “Moreover, nearly 300 million new subscribers are expected to use their devices to access mobile internet services over the next seven years.

“By 2022, the region’s mobile economy is forecast to generate more than $150 billion, about 7.9 per cent of GDP of economic value as countries continue to benefit from improvements in productivity and efficiency, particularly due to the increase in mobile internet adoption.

“The region’s mobile ecosystem also supported 3 million jobs in 2017 and contributed almost $14 billion to the funding of the public sector in the form of general taxation as well as sector-specific levies on the consumption of mobile services, “the report added.
The report also included examples of how mobile networks and services are playing a key role in delivering the UN’s Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs), as well as supporting a fast-growing tech start-up ecosystem.

Many tech start ups in Africa now use mobile as the primary platform to create solutions that address a range of socioeconomic challenges, the report further said.

NITDA Inaugurates ICT Hub in Katsina

 

 

 

As part of efforts to complement the federal government’s quest for reducing unemployment among Nigerian youths, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), disclosed it has established Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Innovations Hub in six geo-political zones of the country.

The ICT centres, according to the agency, were set up to encourage and promote digital innovation among the teeming unemployed youths in Nigeria.

The Director General of the agency, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, who disclosed this while handing over the first ever ICT Hub, established by the agency in Katsina to the state government on Tuesday, said the move was to support the government’s commitment of addressing unemployment by making ICT tools available for the youths.

He added, “The country under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, is seeking to minimise its dependency on oil by diversifying the economy to evolve entirely new industries and enable the existing ones.
“We strongly believe that the main driver of these industries is ICT. Therefore, we must encourage and empower our pool of young talented youths to take advantage of the digital era.”
Pantami, explained that NITDA was saddled with the responsibility of implementing the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and general ICT development and regulation in the country, through the formulation of standards, policy-frameworks, developmental programs and initiatives.

According to him, “As an agency, our responsibility is to encourage and coordinate ICT innovations that can transform our dear country. We believe that critical drivers of the digital economy and engine room of economic growth are the small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) that are empowered with ICT tools.”

While urging the management of the institute to put sustainable programs in place to ensure that the Hub was adequately utilised, Pantami implored it to come up with a strategic roadmap and operational plans for the Hub and liaise with NITDA through the Office of ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE) while implementing the plans.

He, however, applauded the state government for providing an enabling environment that encourages strategic partnerships on initiatives that attract investments in ICT and other sectors of the economy.

Commissioning the project, Governor Aminu Bello Masari said the institute was expected to be a veritable platform for socio-economic upliftment of the teeming unemployed youths who will venture into competitive global entrepreneurship in ICT.

Masari, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Mustapha Inuwa, said the state government was committed to exploit the new wave of ICT for development of the society and has for long recognised the importance of ICT and has given it adequate attention.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the Rector of the institute, Babangida Abubakar Albaba assured that the project would be judiciously utilised and properly managed.

Digital Identity Necessary to Access Social Services, Says NIMC

 

              Director General of NIMC, Mr Aliyu Aziz

 

Digital identity has been identified as a critical factor for individuals to access social benefits including subsidies and entitlements.

The Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz, disclosed this in his keynote paper entitled ‘Digital Inclusion: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies,’ which he presented at the 27th annual conference of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) held recently in Ibadan.

According to Aziz, since public and private sector agencies require proof of identity as a prerequisite for providing services to individuals, failure to prove identity, would form a major barrier barring people from accessing social benefits.

“Inability to prove identity is one of the biggest barriers preventing access to benefits, subsidies, exercise of basic rights as well as claiming entitlements. “Without knowing who the people are, no government or private sector will be able to effectively deliver important services such as social safety net, elections, agriculture,pension and education, among others,” Aziz said.

He added that identity would remain a pre-requisite for a country’s economic, social and political progress and development, since good identification works together with greater use of internet, payments and skills for a vibrant digital economy.

Emphasising NIMC’s role in offering digital identification through the enrolment and issuance of a unique identifier National Identification Number (NIN), Aziz said beyond the term digital inclusion, are issues about quality of life, democracy,
exclusion and who gets what, when and under what circumstances.

To actualise digital inclusion with attendant benefits for the citizens, Aziz called on information and communications technology experts as well as government and private sectors to be prepared at all times.

He also advised them to construct robust high-speed broadband networks, create incentives for investment in new technologies, build required human capital for productivity growth, and rethink curricula to emphasise digital skills.

He listed the benefits of digital inclusion to include social interaction and cohesiveness, well-being, personal health, economic and life changes, self-efficacy, skills and capabilities as well as civic engagement and participation.

The NIMC boss explained the term ‘digital divide’ as “patterns of unequal access to ICT based on income, race, ethnicity, gender, age and geography that surfaced during the mid-1990s when the internet made steady progress.”

He explained that redefining the term ‘digital divide’ as consisting of ‘multiple divides’, namely: an access divide, a skill divide, an economic opportunity divide, and a democratic divide, allowed researchers to study the experiences or attitudes of the disadvantaged groups in relation to intervention programmes.

NigComSat Partners Others on Capacity Building

 

 

 

In line with the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) roadmap and objectives of the federal government, the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN), Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat) and Sawtel Technology Limited have signed a tripartite agreement for the implementation of an e-learning management system for both civil and public servants in Nigeria.

The agreement, when implemented would see the public-sector productivity boosted by improving their skillset using broadband.

Announcing the collaboration and its impact on both the civil servants and the public servants, the PSIN Administrator, Dr. Abdul-Ganiyu Obatoyinbo, highlighted the importance of ICT in manpower development, stressing that the agreement will see the institute deploying ICT to train civil servant simultaneously regardless of their location using cutting edge technologies to achieve this objective.

“It is a known fact that without ICT in today’s world you cannot make impact. Public service has the mandate of training and we cannot achieve that without ICT.

“We will definitely need ICT infrastructure to execute these training because we cannot bring everybody out physically. But we are here to achieve the target that we want to in all our economic industries, which includes the ease of doing business.
“ICT is key, even the strategic plan approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) as projected by the government, it shows that ICT is the central key,” Obatoyinbo said.

He added, “We strongly believe that by the time this infrastructure is in place in about six weeks we should start seeing some immediate regulation. I am confident that by the time the e-business rating is carried out under the next assessment Nigeria would have risen up to about 50–60 ranges. So, that only happens when capacity building is in place because you train a staff you get the results.”
Also, the Managing Director of NigComSat, Abimbola Alele, revealed NigComSat’s willingness to partner PSIN and Sawtel to take the institute to greater height.

“I congratulate you because you are expanding the horizons of not just only the civil servants but the military, paramilitary and so many other agencies that want to push governance, and you are utilising the best instrument available right now globally, ICT, to train them because ICT is currently the main driver in the world today.

“You are not only being ICT compliant but you are also saving lives of people travelling long distance to come here, and also saving government resources because people would pay per diem to come here but with this agreement people can remain at their location, receive the same content, same information for training and seat for exams simultaneously,” she added.

On the importance of such agreement, the Executive Director, Marketing at NigComSat, Samson Osagie said, “The tripartite agreement is all about realisation of the policy objectives of the ICT roadmap in Nigeria. It is our own way in advancing this ICT roadmap in Nigeria.

“Our contribution is to assist in developing the capacity of the public civil servants in Nigeria through our critical ICT infrastructure. We would provide the critical infrastructure through the optimisation of satellite services to the MDAs.”

Nigeria’s Internet Gateway Porous, Expert Warns

 

 

 

The Chief Executive Officer of FPG Technologies Limited, Mr. Rex Mafiana, has attributed the increased rate of cybercrime activities from within and outside the country to the porous nature of the country’s Internet Gateway.

He, therefore, called for urgent government intervention to curtail the excesses of online fraudsters.

Mafiana, who spoke with journalists on the porous nature of the country’s cyberspace, expressed concerns about the situation.
According to him, Nigeria has no national framework on cybersecurity, in terms of digital supremacy, despite the presence of the country’s Cybercrime Act of 2015.

“Today in the digital world, countries do no longer have physical boundaries because boundaries have become virtual. “Our online security system is porous, giving room for hackers to attack websites and key data of organisations in Nigeria. “Some of them even launched attacks from countries outside Nigeria and hide in disguise under a link that could be traced to Nigeria, thus giving the world the impression that the attacks are coming from Nigeria.

“All these are happening in our cyberspace boundary because we have a porous Internet Gateway system. The situation has made Nigerian cyberspace boarders very vulnerable and the government has to rise to the challenge.

“Organisations must also sit up to address the situation, but in Nigeria, most organisations and business owners do not pay enough attention to technology,” Mafiana said.

“Today, cybercrime has become a core business risk that should be discussed at the board level.
“There is need to sensitise business owners on cyber insecurity and advise them on the need to make the right investment in cybersecurity,” he added.

Proffering solution to cyberattacks, Mafiana said some of the best solutions to cyberattacks are about awareness creation and the need for organisations to invest in cybersecurity.

“The board members of any organisation understands the risk associated with cyberattacks, and should begin to put their houses in order and invest in the right technology that will mitigate cyberattacks and its attendant risks,” Mafiana said, adding that cybercrime was like any other crime that needs to be given the attention it deserves.

Other solutions, according to him, were the first line of defence and last line of defence in cybersecurity.
“No matter the security that is put in place, insider attack must be addressed as the first line of defence, and we have solutions to address that.

“Security awareness is also key to address cyber insecurity. The last line of defence is encryption. Organisations must learn to encrypt data, because once encrypted, it will be extremely difficult for anyone who steals such data to have unauthorised access to the data. “Perimeter security, network segmentation are other ways to address cyber insecurity in organisations,” Mafiana said.

He however said the cybercrime law of 2015 remained a step in the right direction but insisted it was not enough to address the rising rate of cybercrime in the country. He therefore called for the need to review the law and empower it to address the issues of insecurity in the cyberspace.

11 Students to Represent Nigeria in World Robotics Competition

 

 

 

Three among 11 Nigerian secondary school students have qualified to participate in this year’s World Adolescent Robotics competition, which holds this month in China.

The China Association of Science and Technology has reached out to the three students who will be representing Nigeria at the competition.

The students, Tawakalitu Giwa, Oluwaseun Omotayo and Ayomide Adetunji, were members of Team Nigeria to the First Global Robotic Olympics in Washington DC, in the United States(US) in 2017 and they were sponsored by Aramex and Doculand Nigeria.

Their performance at the Washington competition earned them the opportunity to be invited by the China Association to participate in this year’s competition.

The students were picked based on their outstanding performance at the First Global Robotic Olympics where Nigeria placed 25th out of the 163 teams from 157 countries, emerging third out of the 41 African countries in attendance. The three students left Nigeria for China recently.

Similarly, five secondary school students will be representing Nigeria at the next First Global Robotic Olympics coming up in Mexico City this August, while another three students will be representing Nigeria at the Pan African Robotic Competition holding in Senegal this week.

Founded by philanthropic inventor, Dean Kamen to inspire a passion for science and technology leadership and innovation among the world’s more than two billion youths, FIRST Global provides the framework for an Olympics-style robotics event that drives home the importance of obtaining the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills needed by future leaders to overcome the greatest challenges facing the world today and tomorrow.

National Coordinator, of the programme and CEO, Roboglobal Educational Consulting, Mrs. Remi Willoughby, said: “Without any doubt Nigeria is slowly but gradually establishing herself on the map of technology developed nations. This may not be presently evident; however, it is an indication that progress is being made.”

According to her, “we have the right talents to compete successfully on the global stage and move Nigeria to a technology advanced nation, but we need the right support and encouragement and to do this, we need to quickly address the evident deficit in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in our educational system.”

How Oracle’s Blockchain Service Will Speed Global Transactions

 

 

 

 

Businesses around the world have been deploying an early adopter version of the Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service. The service allows organisations to easily build blockchain networks to drive more secure and efficient transactions and to track goods through supply chains on a global scale.

The Nigeria Customs and other global Institutes like Arab Jordan Investment Bank, CargoSmart, Certified Origins, Indian Oil, Intelipost, MTO, Neurosoft, Sofbang, Solar Site Design and TradeFin, are among the many global organisations that have already adopted the Oracle blockchain platform.

Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service provides customers with a development platform to build their own networks, and to quickly integrate with Oracle Software as a Service (SaaS) and third-party applications they already use, as well as other blockchain networks and Oracle Platform as a Service (PaaS).

It also enables users to provision blockchain networks, join other organisations, and deploy and run smart contracts to update and query the ledger. Oracle’s blockchain platform leverages the company’s decades of experience across industries and its extensive partner ecosystem to reliably share and conduct trusted transactions with suppliers, banks, and other trade partners through blockchain
The Executive Vice President, Oracle Cloud Platform, Amit Zavery said, “Blockchain promises to be one of the most transformative technologies of our generation. We are excited to announce the availability of Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service.

“It is the result of years of research and development alongside our valued partners and customers. With Oracle’s platform, enterprises can enhance their business, eliminate unnecessary processes, and transact with their distributed networks more easily, transparently and securely than ever before.

“Oracle’s blockchain platform is built on top of The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric. It is pre-assembled with all the underlying infrastructure dependencies, container lifecycle management, event services, identity management, REST proxy, and a number of operations and monitoring tools integrated under a single console, expediting the set-up and application development process.

Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service is an Oracle-managed cloud platform backed by a 99.95 per cent availability, with built-in high availability configuration, autonomous recovery agents, as well as continuous ledger backup capabilities that can enable multi-datacenter disaster recovery across availability domains.”

Entries Open for ‘Seeds for The Future’ Programme

 

 

Huawei Nigeria has called for entries from Nigerian university students to enter for this year’s Seeds for The Future Programmme. Seeds for the Future is Huawei’s global corporate social responsibility (CSR) flagship programme, initiated in 2008, which seeks to develop local Information and Communication Technology (ICT) talent, enhance knowledge transfer, promote a greater understanding of and interest in the ICT sector, and improve and encourage regional building and participation in the digital community.

The Seeds for the Future Program was created by Huawei Technologies to proactively support the development of future leaders and innovators across the world. Huawei is committed to promoting ICT industry development in the countries it operates, and aims to drive long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

Speaking on the Initiative, its Managing Director, Mr. Li Frank said: “Talent is crucial for the growth and development of any industry, the rapidly growing ICT industry has greatly changed business models. As a result, across the ICT ecosystem there is an urgent need for large numbers of technical staff who can address the challenges posed by this transformation. For true and lasting development in Nigeria, we must look in the area of human capital development with a huge focus on youths.”

Over the years, Huawei has been investing in ICT skills and knowledge in Nigeria in an effort to boost employment, foster the development of knowledge-intensive products and services, and enhance the ICT skills of the future generations.

Huawei has done this successfully by implementing and supporting a number of schemes such as the Growing Girls and Women in Nigeria (G-Win), 1000 Girls in Training, scholarships for The African University of Science and Technology (AUST), engineers training programmmes.
This marks the third consecutive year, where smart lucky Nigerian student are picked through a detailed and objective selection process to partake in Huawei’s global CSR programme.

Airtel Offers 100% Bonus on Data Package

 

 

In line with its brand positioning as Nigeria’s leading mobile Internet services provider, Airtel Nigeria is offering new customers on its network, 100 per cent bonus on any data bundle purchased as well as eight times the value of any recharge.

Under the new offer, new customers get 100 per cent bonus on every data bundle of N100 and above, and also get eight times bonus on any recharge, which will be split along the following: Main account, 100 per cent; Voice, 250 per cent; Data, 250 per cent; Social, 100 per cent and Family & Friends, 100 per cent.

According to the telecoms company, if a new customer buys 3GB data bundle, he/she automatically gets 6GB with a validity period of one month. And when a customer refills with N100 worth of airtime, he/she gets credited with N100 in main account; N250 bonus for voice; N250 bonus worth of data; N100 for Social and N100 for Family & Friends, totalling N800.

Airtel said the new offer will empower more Nigerians, improve productivity and help more telecoms consumers stay connected with their friends, loved ones and business associates.

Commenting on the newly revamped SmartConnect package, Ag. Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Dinesh Balsingh, said: “The company is committed to sustaining the SmartConnect’s history of creating value and offering mouth-watering opportunities for telecoms consumers.

“The SmartConnect package has a rich and interesting history of placing absolute power in the hands of telecoms consumers. With the package, we are offering choice and freedom to customers – the power to do whatever they want to do at a very affordable rate and on a reliable and robust 4G Network.

“At Airtel, we are totally committed to creating innovative products and services that will enrich the lives of our customers as well as enable them to succeed in their professional and personal endeavours.”

Improving Internet Connectivity

 

 

The recent shift from voice to data communication, occasioned by technology evolution, has changed the telecommunications landscape, where majority of the subscribers do more of data than voice communication.

Although the move from voice to data is a global phenomenon, increasingly, subscribers in Nigeria are having difficulties in accessing the internet, due to poor internet connectivity, caused by poor infrastructure.

In spite of the connectivity challenges, Nigeria no doubt, recorded a remarkable shift from the era when people used to queue at cybercafes to surf the internet, receive or send mails.

Thanks to the introduction of Global System for Mobile (GSM) telecommunications in 2001, as Nigerians now enjoy affordable and faster internet connectivity provided by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and other service providers.

Data usage

Measured against what obtains in many other countries, Nigeria is still lagging in terms of data utilisation, adjudged by the percentage of its population with internet access.

This is largely due to poor internet connectivity that persists in the country, which in turn is attributable to inadequate infrastructure.It is also due to discouraging operating environment and unfavourable policies for telecommunication companies such as multiple taxation, right of way requirements, and access to capital. Another contributory factor is low penetration of smartphones.

However, a reality today is that customers sometimes face difficulty in connecting online or spend endless hours online without accomplishing tasks they set out to achieve because of network buffering. Those that require high-speed data connections for browsing and streaming, subscribe to two or more networks or acquire multiple modems/SIMs to get reliable internet connectivity.

The issues

Due to the poor internet connectivity, customers have lodged several complaints, while calling for a lasting solution to the issues.
Bulk of the complaints are centred around intermittent disconnection from the internet, especially at a time when they needed the service the most, a situation that is said to have grounded the businesses of many who relied on the internet.

Some of the customers, who spoke to THISDAY, said they paid so much for monthly subscription, yet they do not get the full value of their monthly subscription. Some said they had to leave their former Internet Service Provider (ISP) because of poor internet service that they were getting only to experience the same poor internet connectivity service with the new ISP.

According to them, they get frustrated the more when at the end of the month, the ISP would cut them off completely from the internet if there was little delay in renewing the monthly subscription, without considering compensation for the downtime suffered by their customers.

The customers have called on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCS), the industry regulator, to compel ISPs and MNOs to compensate for any downtime suffered and to ensure that they deliver unhindered internet access , especially those that are using it for business.
Customers have accused most of the ISPs and MNOs in the country of offering epileptic internet service, especially at peak periods when demand for the service is high.

MNO’s intervention

But in living up to their ratings as an enablers of advancement for individuals and businesses, MNOs who were already licensed by the NCC to provide internet services such as data services along side voice offerings, are making efforts to address the situation through data revolution.

One of the leading telecommunications company in innovation, 9mobile, has been at the forefront of promoting socio-economic development in Nigeria by increasing access to dependable data offerings for different consumer segments. These include: Cliqlite, an educational platform for students that helps them excel in their academic pursuits, and SME Arena, the dedicated platform that helps small and growing businesses to become profitable ventures.

As a result of the quality data services, the telco has become renowned for the internet experience it offers in the country.
Accusations of ‘snail speed’, ‘crappy’ and ‘disappointing’ internet connectivity levelled against some other operators are low in 9mobile because of the relatively better browsing services it provides. For example, its 4G LTE service is offered seamlessly to Nigerians that have eligible 4G LTE devices within LTE coverage areas at no extra cost, while customers do not need to swap their SIMs before they enjoy the company’s 4G LTE service.

The commitment

In continuation of its commitment to giving its customers quality data services, and in the consolidation of its leadership of the data segment, the company recently reloaded its all-encompassing data package, Moreblaze, which enables subscribers to enjoy a much richer and much faster online browsing and streaming experience 24-7.

Available as data plans, smartphone offers, and time-based plans, Moreblaze offers tremendous benefits for individuals and businesses that rely on data to do more. It also gives customers true value for their money through consistent and reliable internet experience. Industry watchers were not too surprised when the TVCs for the reloaded Moreblaze, showcasing its practical functional benefits, won three top awards at the recently held African Cristal Awards in Marrakesh, Morocco.

The company’s other Moreblaze offerings including video streaming plans to complement regular data plans, and smartpaks that enable subscribers to share content with their friends on social media sites and apps at cheaper rates, are no less popular.

Aside from enabling individuals and businesses to do more, the telco is equally a key stakeholder in the NCC’s quest to increase broadband internet penetration in the country from the 21 per cent it was in 2017 to 30 per cent by the end of this year.

Affirming the telco’s commitment to making internet services accessible and affordable to all Nigerians, Vice President, Marketing at 9mobile, Adebisi Idowu, said: “At 9mobile, our overarching goal is to out serve our customers with innovative offerings; because they deserve the very best. That is why we always ensure that the services we offer enrich customer experience at every touch point.”
“With 9mobile’s data, customers are assured of getting the best online browsing experience, and outlive crappy internet connectivity,” Idowu added.

Nigeria will partner with Google to boost internet connectivity –Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday revealed that Nigeria will partner with Google and other service providers to boost connectivity in the country.
Osinbajo said this while speaking at the Google for Nigeria event holding in Lagos . He said ; “ We will be partnering with Google and other technology providers to achieve the level of connectivity that will match the creativity of our people . ”
The VP also revealed that the provision of human basics , such as healthcare and food may soon depend on technology .
During the event , Ken Tokusei , PM Director International Search, said that “ health queries are common on the web , so we are making it easier with a new search experience that allows you to explore health conditions related to symptoms !”
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NigComSat Partners Others on Capacity Building

 

 

 

 

In line with the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) roadmap and objectives of the federal government, the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN), Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat) and Sawtel Technology Limited have signed a tripartite agreement for the implementation of an e-learning management system for both civil and public servants in Nigeria.

The agreement, when implemented would see the public-sector productivity boosted by improving their skillset using broadband.

Announcing the collaboration and its impact on both the civil servants and the public servants, the PSIN Administrator, Dr. Abdul-Ganiyu Obatoyinbo, highlighted the importance of ICT in manpower development, stressing that the agreement will see the institute deploying ICT to train civil servant simultaneously regardless of their location using cutting edge technologies to achieve this objective.

“It is a known fact that without ICT in today’s world you cannot make impact. Public service has the mandate of training and we cannot achieve that without ICT.

“We will definitely need ICT infrastructure to execute these training because we cannot bring everybody out physically. But we are here to achieve the target that we want to in all our economic industries, which includes the ease of doing business.

“ICT is key, even the strategic plan approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) as projected by the government, it shows that ICT is the central key,” Obatoyinbo said.

He added, “We strongly believe that by the time this infrastructure is in place in about six weeks we should start seeing some immediate regulation. I am confident that by the time the e-business rating is carried out under the next assessment Nigeria would have risen up to about 50–60 ranges. So, that only happens when capacity building is in place because you train a staff you get the results.”

Also, the Managing Director of NigComSat, Abimbola Alele, revealed NigComSat’s willingness to partner PSIN and Sawtel to take the institute to greater height.

“I congratulate you because you are expanding the horizons of not just only the civil servants but the military, paramilitary and so many other agencies that want to push governance, and you are utilising the best instrument available right now globally, ICT, to train them because ICT is currently the main driver in the world today.

“You are not only being ICT compliant but you are also saving lives of people travelling long distance to come here, and also saving government resources because people would pay per diem to come here but with this agreement people can remain at their location, receive the same content, same information for training and seat for exams simultaneously,” she added.

On the importance of such agreement, the Executive Director, Marketing at NigComSat, Samson Osagie said, “The tripartite agreement is all about realisation of the policy objectives of the ICT roadmap in Nigeria. It is our own way in advancing this ICT roadmap in Nigeria.

“Our contribution is to assist in developing the capacity of the public civil servants in Nigeria through our critical ICT infrastructure. We would provide the critical infrastructure through the optimisation of satellite services to the MDAs.”

Galaxy Backbone Rewarded for Digital Innovation

 

 

 

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), which is an Industry-led stakeholder organisation, recently concluded its annual .ng awards ceremony, where it awarded Galaxy Backbone for its digital innovation in the federal government circle.

Through the .ng awards, the NIRA seeks to recognise and acknowledge those who are contributing to the growth of the .ng domain name registration and promotion of the DNS Industry.

The awards celebrate achievements and innovation of Nigerian Internet initiatives

At the 2018 Awards, Galaxy Backbone won the award for the organisation leading the pack in ‘Digital Innovation in the Federal Government.’ This award, according to a statement, confirmed Galaxy Backbone’s status as the digital infrastructure and shared services provider to federal government agencies.

“In the last five years, Galaxy Backbone has continued to drive digital innovation and inclusion amongst government agencies through the delivery of digital services that improve the way agencies engage and communicate with other agencies and the citizenry,” it added.

The 2018 .ng awards serve to promote and commend the excellent achievements of members, stakeholders and the general public, who contribute towards building a sustainable economy using technology, uplift the image of .ng locally and internationally and stimulating the development of local content on the Internet space.

CEO, Galaxy Backbone, Mr. Yusuf Kazaure, had said that Galaxy Backbone was committed to driving digital growth in the nation.

According to Kazaure, “We are fully conscious of the need to be in the vanguard of Nigeria’s digital growth especially within the public sector. Over the years, we have made significant investments in human and technological resources based on our vision to be the leading enabler of digital inclusion in Africa.

“With the award, we are further challenged to deliver world class digital services to agencies and parastatals in government and we will continue to operate, improve and upgrade our common services platform to meet international standards and deliver excellence in service to our clients and stakeholder community,” Kazaure said.