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NCC plans use of ICT to reduce poverty

March 30, 2016 Administrator 0

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, will address participants of 38th Senior Executive Course (SEC) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPS), on Thursday, March 31on the use of ICT for poverty reduction. Danbatta, a professor of telecommunications engineering, will make a presentation on “Mainstreaming Information Communications Technology (ICT) Read More

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NITDA targets 50% e-Governance compliant by 2019

March 23, 2016 Administrator 0

Acting Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr Vincent Olatunji, has disclosed that at least 50 per cent of cities in the country would be e-Governance compliant by 2019. The acting DG, who made this known during an event organised by NITDA in Abuja, said the agency was keen to promoting the development of smart city Read More

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High internet costs threat to universal access – Report

February 24, 2016 Administrator 0

Stories by Etta Michael Bisong Abuja The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) in its 2015-16 Affordability Report says it would take 26 years to make universal Internet access a reality for all. The newly released document revealed that least-developed countries (LDCs) will only achieve universal access in 2042, which is way past the deadline set by member states of the Read More

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NIBSS plans stakeholders award to promote e-transactions

February 24, 2016 Administrator 0

The Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) is scheduled to reward banks, merchants and other stakeholders that have been driving electronic banking channels across the country. Managing Director, NIBSS, Mr. Adebisi Shonubi, who hinted this while briefing journalists, said the award would hold in Lagos. Shonubi said the award ceremony would recognise financial and public institutions that in the past 12 Read More

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Huawei storms market with detachable tablet

February 24, 2016 Administrator 0

Chinese manufacturer Huawei recently entered the detachable tablet market with the announcement of its new MateBook at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. The MateBook is a two-in-one device, “combining the mobility of a smartphone with the power and productivity of a laptop,” said the company. It features a sixth-generation Intel Core m-series processor and Windows 10 productivity tools, such Read More

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e-Health: NITDA plans collaboration with Garki hospital

February 17, 2016 Administrator 0

Stories by Etta Michael Bisong Abuja The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has indicated interest to work with the Garki hospital in Abuja to improve the quality of health care services across Nigeria. The collaboration which reflects government commitment to improve and foster her relationship with private sector organisations signifies a pilot project that both organisations hope to scale-up Read More

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Expert laments dwindling nature of software devt

February 17, 2016 Administrator 0

The Chief Executive Officer of SystemSpecs, Mr John Obaro, on has blamed the dwindling nature of software development on lack of patronage among local consumers in the country. Obaro who made the statement while addressing journalists in Lagos, observed that there had been low patronage of the indigenous software by the government and Nigerian companies. He said that lack of Read More

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NCC unveils 8-point agenda, pledges broadband expansion

February 17, 2016 Administrator 0

As part of government initiative to improve the social welfare as well as ensure inclusiveness in ICT for national growth, the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has unveiled an 8-point agenda expected to be implemented between 2015 and 2020. The agenda would facilitate broadband penetration, improve quality of service, optimise usage and benefits of spectrum, promote Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) innovation Read More

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NITDA empowers 50 unemployed graduates on online business process outsourcing

February 10, 2016 Administrator 0

Stories by Etta Michael Bisong Abuja To reduce the level of unemployment in the country and chart a new course for economic diversification, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has embarked on the training of 50 unemployed graduates on Online Business Process Outsourcing. Speaking at the launch of the exercise, Acting Director General of the Agency, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, Read More

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N780Bn MTN Fine: FG sets conditions for out-of- court settlement

February 10, 2016 Administrator 0

The Federal government has outline conditions including the payment of a “show of good faith” by MTN Nigeria for her to consider the telecom giant’s proposal for an out of court settlement in the protracted feud occasioned by the N780 billion fine imposed on MTN by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Minister of Communication, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, said the federal Read More

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Nigeria accounts for 0.36 percent of U.S. $520Bn ICT market

February 10, 2016 Administrator 0

With a traded value of $1.8 billion on importation of ICT goods and electronics in 2014, Nigeria accounts for 0.36 per cent of global transaction in such goods as the global industry continues to experience a downturn, latest report UNCTAD Technology and Innovation Report has revealed. According to the report, African governments can better implement science, technology and innovation policies, Read More

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Court adjourns MTN Nigeria hearing to allow settlement

January 27, 2016 Administrator 0

The MTN Group has revealed that the Federal High Court, located in Lagos Nigeria, has adjourned the hearing of the case between MTN Nigeria and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) until 18 March, 2016. According to a statement issued by MTN, it was revealed that the judge had adjourned the matter in order to enable the parties to try and Read More

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New roadmap proposes Smart Digital Nigeria to foster ICT growth

January 27, 2016 Administrator 0

Stories by Etta Michael Bisong Abuja The new communications industry roadmap has proposed the transition into a “SMART Digital Nigeria” as the required panacea to bridge the uneven growth presently dominating the ICT sector. Expected to be implemented between 2016 and end 2019, the plan observed that Nigeria’s longstanding focus mostly over the last seventeen years on Information Technology infrastructure Read More

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NFMC pledges to resolve N34bn frequency dispute

January 27, 2016 Administrator 0

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has disclosed that the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC) has waded into the vexed frequency storm involving MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Danbatta, who made the disclosure while addressing journalists during a meeting with the African Telecommunications Union Read More

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ITU members agree on international standard for big data

December 23, 2015 Administrator 0

Stories by David Agba with agencies International Telecommunications Union (ITU) members have approved the first ITU standard on big data. The international standard details the requirements, capabilities and use cases of cloud-based big data as well a high-level ‘system context’ view and its relationships with other entities. The big data paradigm provides an effective, scalable solution to deal with growing Read More

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Etisalat, Huawei launch future network 2020

December 23, 2015 Administrator 0

With their eyes set on the future and technologies that will run networks, a leading telecommunications operator, the Etisalat Group, and current world’s leading telecommunications equipment manufacturer, Huawei Technologies, have unveiled a joint White Paper on the future network architecture framework for the telecom sector and its implications on operations and organisation. Titled “Etisalat – 2020 Landscape,” the companies announced Read More

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NITDA rewards outstanding NYSC members

December 23, 2015 Administrator 0

The office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), a subsidiary under National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), in order to deepen its work of supporting innovations in the ecosystem in Nigeria has awarded prizes for ICT innovation to outstanding National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) members in Abuja who have excelled in its inaugural Idea Sprint under its multi-year ICT Innovation Read More

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Jega seeks consolidation of technology in electioneering

December 2, 2015 Administrator 0

Stories by Etta Michael Bisong Abuja As part of efforts to improve on the milestones of the 2015 general elections, the immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega has called for consolidation and expansion of the scope of the use of technology in future elections in the country. Jega, who gave the advice while Read More

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How Intel is using technology to empower teachers

December 2, 2015 Administrator 0

All over the world, there is an increasing attention on the role technology plays in preparing students for the 21st century. Unlike the traditional method of learning which is more about the paper and pencil teacher centred approach, technology-induced learning not only motivates learning in students, but it also offers them the 21st century skills needed to remain competitive in Read More

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N1.4tn sanction on MTN: We acted in public interest – NCC

November 18, 2015 Administrator 0

After so much drama about the N1.04 trillion (5.2 billion dollars) fine slammed on MTN Nigeria, and which by extension led to the removal of the head of the organisation in South Africa, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has finally opened up that the decision was acted upon in the interest of the general public.  ETTA MICHAEL BISONG reports. A Read More

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The 11 Worst Internet Scams We’re Still Falling For

November 1, 2015 Administrator 0

In 2001, I planned to move to a new town in Connecticut. I put my house up for sale, but it sat there, unsold in the recession, for over a year. Not a nibble, even after I dropped the price and made some improvements. Then one day, my realtor called with some astonishing news. “You’ve got a full-price offer!” she Read More

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2015 draft telecom regulations: Examining NCC’s quest towards compliance

July 22, 2015 Administrator 0

The long standing face-off over the issue of regulatory compliance between the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the various network providers recently reached crescendo with the introduction of new rules to enforce compliance. ETTA MICHAEL BISONG examines these rules as well as their benefits to subscribers. Nigeria has since the liberalisation of the telecommunications industry experienced growth of tremendous proportion. Read More

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Huawei, others to build SDN ecosystem for operators

March 18, 2015 Administrator 0

Huawei, together with Open Network Operating System (ONOS) and Open Networking Foundation (ONF), have revealed that together they will build an open and innovative SDN industry ecosystem, enabling operators to accelerate SDN commercialisation. The requirement for ultra-fast connections and focus on reducing costs has resulted in software-defined networking (SDN) becoming key for operator network architecture transformation. Led by leading global Read More

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ICT actors urged to adopt electronic solution

February 25, 2015 Administrator 0

Growing information and communications technology firm, i-Global limited has called on key actors in the ICT industry, particularly the government to adopt the Electronic Document Management Solution (EDMS), to mitigate the risk bedevilling the effective management of information in Nigeria. Being an integrated system use to track and store paper or hardcopy documents electronically through use of set of computers, Read More

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NITDA trains journalists on ICT reporting

November 5, 2014 Administrator 0

Stories by Etta Michael Bisong Abuja The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has organised a training workshop for journalists to enhance their capacity on ICT reporting. The 3-day exercise which is organised inline with the Agency’s mandate is expected to focus on the challenges of reporting information communication technology in a digital age. Director General of NITDA, Mr. Peter Read More