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Minister, MTN Foundation applauded over N10m heart surgery

February 8, 2017 Administrator 0

Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, and the MTN Foundation have been commended by the family of baby Mutmainat Abdullateef, who had a hole in her heart for the recommendation and subsequent treatment of their baby girl in an Indian hospital. The surgery bill totalling $21,566 (NI0.6 million)  to correct Mutmainat’s congenital heart condition at the Apollo Hospital, India, was Read More

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Diversification of economy: ICT, panacea to revenue boost -Shittu

November 2, 2016 Administrator 0

Following the conclusion of the five-day 4th regular meeting of the National Council on Communication Technology held in Kaduna, AYONI M. AGBABIAKA highlights some of the issues raised including quality telecommunications services, revenue generation to government through ICT and many more. One of such issues that connects to the common man on the street in Nigeria who out of no Read More

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CSO threatens Bello, Adamu over primary schools’ ‘neglect

October 6, 2016 Administrator 0

By Moses John A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Mandate Guard, has threatened to mobilise Nigerians against the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Bello, and his Education counterpart, Malam Adamu Adamu, over what they described as the “neglect of primary schools within the FCT.” Convener of the group, Comrade Fidel Obi, in a statement, said a visit to Read More

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5G: Telco vendors, car makers form alliance

October 5, 2016 Administrator 0

A group of telco vendors has  joined forces with the automotive industry to drive the development and uptake of 5G services for connected cars. Called the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), its founding members are: car makers Audi, BMW, and Daimler; telco vendors Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia; and chip makers, Intel and Qualcomm. The new association will develop, test and promote Read More

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Nigeria smartphone shipments ‘dropped by 6.8% in Q2’

October 5, 2016 Administrator 0

Shipment of smartphones in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and telecoms hub fell by 6.8% at the end 0f Q2 2016, according to figures from International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC reports revealed that  shipments of smartphones to Africa  fell by 5.2% representing  23.1 million units in the second quarter of 2016. These figures, presented in IDC’s  ‘Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker’, Read More

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I’ll build on past achievements – New NITDA DG

October 5, 2016 Administrator 0

The new Director-General and CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA), Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has promised to consolidate on the achievements of his predecessors. Dr. Pantami who was appointed as the DG of the IT implementing agency during the week  says he will continue with the  legacy laid by his predecessors in achieving the outstanding  vision Read More

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Google pushes into India with free wi-fi

September 28, 2016 Administrator 0

Google is to roll out a comprehensive public wi-fi platform in India, as part of its bid to get more people using its services. Dubbed Google Station, the service will see wi-fi hotspots rolled out in stations, with plans to expand this to shopping malls and cafes at some point. Google already offers high-speed free wi-fi access at 52 railway Read More

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Samsung reveals 60% of ‘unsafe’ Galaxy Notes exchanged

September 28, 2016 Administrator 0

A global recall of Galaxy Note 7 phones has seen 60% of owners following Samsung’s advice and exchanging them. Reports emerged in late summer in the US and South Korea of the phone exploding during or after charging. On 2 September, Samsung issued a global recall, saying it had been difficult to work out which phones were affected among the Read More

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Facebook told to stop collecting German WhatsApp data

September 28, 2016 Administrator 0

Facebook has been ordered by a German privacy regulator to stop collecting and storing the data of German users of its messaging app WhatsApp. The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information said that the social network had not obtained effective approval from WhatsApp’s 35 million German users. Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19bn (£14.6bn) in 2014 as a Read More

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Major labels sue YouTube ripping site

September 28, 2016 Administrator 0

The world’s biggest record labels are suing a website that allows users to download the audio from YouTube videos. Universal, Sony, Warner Bros and other labels launched legal action against the German operator of YouTube-mp3.org in a federal court in Los Angeles. They are seeking damages from the company and its owner that include $150,000 (£115,000) for every alleged instance Read More

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4 arrested with pre-registered SIM cards

September 21, 2016 Administrator 0

Telecommunications service providers in Lagos state have been accused of indiscriminately installing fibre optic cables in gutters and on trees, leading to flooding, compromising service quality and causing economic loss to the state government, the report of a new study commissioned by the state government has shown. The Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance Regulatory Agency (LASMIRA) had on February 26, 2016 Read More

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Nokia confirms Lagos office reopened

September 21, 2016 Administrator 0

Nokia has confirmed that its Lagos office has been reopened and says its business operations have not been affected by the closure. In a statement, Nokia said it “wished to clarify and place on record that we have effected constructive and collaborative engagement with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). As result of that, the company’s Lagos office has been reopened Read More

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FG to enforce local data hosting in Nigeria

September 21, 2016 Administrator 0

The Acting Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr Vincent Olatunji, has restated government’s commitment that data generated in the country would be hosted locally within the country. Speaking when he visited Rack Centre, the Nigeria-based Tier lll Data Centre at Ikeja, Lagos, he said:  “We will do everything   within our powers to ensure that the Read More

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How your social media reputation could secure you a loan

September 7, 2016 Administrator 0

Africa’s youngsters are far more likely to access financial services via mobile than bank branch  So mobiles and web-based services are stepping in to fill the gap. But there is much more to Africa’s financial services story than M-Pesa, the wildly successful mobile banking platform launched in Kenya and Tanzania in 2007. For example, Nigeria’s Social Lender looks at borrowers’ Read More

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Zinox to employ 500 for digital hubs

August 31, 2016 Administrator 0

… Secures $25m funding One of Nigeria’s ICT Companies, Zinox Technologies, has secured a whopping $25 million counterpart funding with which it seeks to roll out a trio of digital hubs in Nigeria. The digital hubs, one of which has commenced construction in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital will, among other things, create employment and empower thousands of digitally-minded Read More

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WhatsApp to share users’ phone numbers with Facebook

August 31, 2016 Administrator 0

WhatsApp has announced an updated privacy policy that will give it the right to share users’ phone numbers with its parent company, Facebook. The move, which comes over two years after Facebook acquired the messaging app for $19 billion, will lead to better friend suggestions and more relevant ads, said WhatsApp, adding that by sharing user data it will be Read More

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Bitflux partners Alepo for wholesale LTE network launch

August 31, 2016 Administrator 0

Bitflux Communications, the Nigerian consortium which secured a national 2.3GHz spectrum licence in February 2014, has launched commercial wholesale LTE services in partnership with Alepo. ‘At Bitflux, our vision is to enhance customer experience though continuous innovation, and the launch of the wholesale LTE network is a step towards realising this vision,’ commented Bitflux’s Director, Biodun Omoniyi, adding: ‘With Alepo Read More

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ICT key to Nigeria’s economic growth – SystemSpecs

August 17, 2016 Administrator 0

Indigenous software giant, SystemSpecs has urged the Federal Government to refocus its attention on Information Communication Technology (ICT) for speedy economic growth in light of dwindling oil prices on the international market. Executive Director of the company, Deremi Atanda, who was a guest on CNBC Africa’s mid-belt programme: ‘Power Lunch’ recently, observed that there was a gap between ICT and Read More

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First Bank records 100m transactions on Interswitch

August 10, 2016 Administrator 0

Interswitch Group, a digital payments and commerce company in Africa, says it had recorded 100 million transactions by First Bank Nigeria Ltd. using its platform in May this year. Group Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager at Interswitch, Cherry Eromosele, said in a statement that this is the second time First Bank is achieving this volume of 100 million transactions on Read More

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Minister berates poor investment, infrastructure at NIPOST

August 10, 2016 Administrator 0

The Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu has expressed dismay at the poor level of investment, obsolete infrastructure unenviable public image, as well as  a dysfunctional internal system. He also said that, the Nigerian Postal Service is today bedeviled with a myriad of challenges, some of which includes but not limited to the understated: An inefficient management structure, low level Read More