Airtel Africa to make $51.7m from sales of telecom tower

November 4, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

Airtel Africa, a leading telecommunications company with presence in 14 countries across the African continent, has announced the first closing of the transaction to sell its telecommunications tower company in Madagascar to Helios Tower Plc. According to a statement signed by the Group Company Secretary, Simon O’Hara, and made available on the website of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), Airtel Read More

Albarka Radio: Celebrating four years of transformation

November 3, 2021 Blueprint 0

With global communication becoming so easy after the first invention of radio by Guglielmo Marconi in 1885, it has traversed different stages of evolution and series of transformations which gave birth to present radio set we see and use. Radio is considered globally as the simplest means of disseminating information, because of its peculiar features such as portability, immediacy, transient Read More

Insecurity: Bandits in North-west, North-central are terrorists – PGF boss

October 28, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Moh Lukman, has declared that bandits operating in the North-west and North-central parts of the country all have the characteristics of terrorist groups. The APC chieftain however condemned opposition by some persons such as Sheikh Ahmed Gumi to declare the Read More

Doctors said I won’t live beyond 35, but here I am healthy at 70 – Dokpesi

October 12, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Dr. Raymond Anthony Aleogho Dokpesi is  a Nigerian media entrepreneur and Founder/Chairman Emeritus  Ray Power/ Daar Communications. Ahead of his 70-year anniversary October 25, the trained marine engineer shares the touching story of his life with ABDULRAHMAN A. ABDULRAUF and a few other journalists recently in Abuja.  The media owner who couldn’t speak in the early years of his life was already  ‘sentenced’ to death by Read More

Insecurity: PDP presenting false narrative against Buhari, APC – PGF boss

October 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Salihu Moh Lukman, has said opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and others are presenting false narrative to paint President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party in bad light. The PGF boss also described as “politically scandalous” for an APC state like Lagos to Read More

NIN-SIM integration: NCC sensitises telecom consumers on October 31 deadline

September 29, 2021 David Agba 0

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reminded and urged telecoms consumers to link their National Identity Numbers (NINs) with their Subscriber Identity Modules (SIMs) before the expiration of the deadline of October 31, 2021 set by the federal government. The Commission gave the admonition during the NCC Digital Signature (NDS) radio programme, which hosted the 2nd episode of Telecoms Consumer Read More

Pantami advocates artificial intelligence for protection of critical infrastructure

September 28, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has advocated the use of artificial intelligence in protection of critical infrastructures across the country. Pantami, who was speaking Tuesday in Abuja, at the opening ceremony of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) stakeholders summit on the protection of critical infrastructure in Nigeria, stressed the need for more awareness, Read More

Zamfara: We’ll extend telecom shutdown beyond 2 weeks – Matawalle

September 18, 2021 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

Zamfara state governor Bello Matawalle has said more than 100 informants have been arrested during the ongoing military operations aimed at riding the state of bandits. He said the two-week shutdown of communication services will be extended. Matawalle stated this in a BBC Hausa exclusive programme, ‘Ganimun hanya,’ aired Saturday morning. “When I became governor I entered into treaty with Read More

Breaking: EFCC chairman Bawa slumps at Villa

September 16, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa has slumped at the third National Identity Day celebration at the Banquet Hall Villa. According to the Nigeria Tribune, Bawa was reportedly delivering a goodwill message suddenly stopped, staggered back to his seat, and laid down. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami, and other Read More

Glo in heavy debt, FCDA threatens to shut offices

September 10, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) has threatened to seal all Globacom Nigeria Limited offices in Abuja over non-payment of over N1.3 billion telecommunication duct debt. Accordingly, the authority has issued a 7-day ultimatum to the telecom to comply with the payment or risk business and switch premises being sealed up. Addressing journalists during a visit to some of the Read More

NEPZA boss hails association over board chairman’s award

September 10, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zones (NEPZA), Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, has expressed appreciation to the Association of Local Government Vice Chairmen of Nigeria over the conferment of its coveted  “Award of Excellence” on the Chairman, NEPZA board, Hon. Adamu Abdu Fanda on Thursday in Abuja. According to a statement signed by NEPZA Head, Corporate Communication, Martin Odeh, Adesugba Read More

NCC launches podcast channel, Strategic Vision Plan (2021-2025)

September 8, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has unveiled its Strategic Vision implementation Plan (2021-2025), a new media channel (Global Connect Podcast) and a Compendium of speeches by its Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) Prof Umar Danbatta in Abuja, on Tuesday. The Strategic Vision (Implementation) Plan (SVP) 2020-2025 is a follow up to the SVP 2015-2020. The EVC of NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta said Read More

Insecurity: FG, NSCDC plan strategic meeting on protection of National Assets

September 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The federal government and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) are making efforts to further safeguard Nigeria’s critical assets and infrastructure across the country against backdrop of insecurity confronting the Nation. Some of the critical infrastructure including; Chemical Sector, Commercial Facilities Sector, Communications Sector, Critical, Manufacturing Sector, Dams Sector, Defence Industrial Base Sector, Emergency Services Sector, Energy Sector, Read More

Prioritise safety, security of the Nigeria’s cyberspace, Pantami tells professionals

August 10, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isah Ali Pantami, on Tuesday tasked Information Technology professionals to prioritise the safety and security of the country’s cyberspace. Dr. Pantami who made the call during his address in Uyo, titled- The Imperatives of Cybersecurity for a Digital Economy said priority and preference should be given to cybersecurity as the capacity and Read More

Airtel, MTN, others earn big from “borrow now pay later” services

August 6, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

Telecommunication giants MTN and Airtel Nigeria reported massive growth in their airtime credit businesses otherwise termed ‘borrow now, pay later” services, according to their annual report for the quarter ended June 2021. Nigeria’s growing youth population has become the focus for quick loan schemes with businesses exploiting the huge demand for easy credit and the temptation it provides for their Read More

MTN to invest fresh N600bn as subscribers decline by 7.6m

August 3, 2021 Blueprint 0

MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN Nigeria) has said it will invest fresh N600 billion to expand its network across the country in the next three years. This is even as the telecom operator’s mobile subscribers declined by 7.6 million to 68.9m impacted by the regulatory restrictions on new SIM sales and activations for almost five months. The South African telecom Read More

Arms Control Centre: Military Chiefs, Police partner to mop up illegal weapons

August 3, 2021 Editorial III 0

…IGP vows to fish out, punish agencies impersonating NCCSALW Newly established National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW), Military Chiefs, and the Inspector-General of Police have pledged collaboration to combat the illicit proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Nigeria, which many security analysts describe as a major driver of insecurity in the country. Read More

Over 8m subscribers dump MTN, others for ‘illegal’ providers

August 3, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

More data subscribers are dumping leading GSM providers, MTN, Airtel, Glo and 9mobile over what telecom experts attributed to leaner income, high pricing, service quality and the presence of alternative Internet Service Providers (ISP). According to data sourced from the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, the four GSM operators lost over 8 million data subscribers between March 2021 and May 2021. Read More

Sallah: NSCDC boss orders massive deployment nationwide

July 19, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Ahmed Audi, has ordered a massive deployment of officers and men of the corps to every nooks and crannies of the country, most especially all identified flash points to ensure that the public is safe and government infrastructures are heavily guarded before, during and after the festive season. Read More

Breaking: Discordant tunes in Senate over proposed electronic transmission of election results, harmonised PIB passed

July 15, 2021 Editor 0

Plenary in Senate is currently stalemated over amendment made on proposed electronic transmission of results. Earlier, the Senate had passed harmonised Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). The upper legislative chamber ran into trouble waters when it got to clause 52(3) of the Electoral Act ( Amendment ) 2021 . The clause states, “The Commission may transmit results of elections by electronic Read More

NCC, NJI train judges on emerging technologies, possible areas of litigation

July 7, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in collaboration with National Judicial Institute (NJI) has conducted a workshop for Nigerian judges on emerging technologies in the telecommunications industry and the right knowledge to efficiently adjudicate on matters of ICT. The annual event titled “Adjudicating in a Fast Paced World of Technology and Digital Presence” was held Wednesday at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja. Chief Read More

Nigeria has over 3m mobile subscription in Q1, highest globally – Report

July 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nigeria has the third highest mobile subscriptions additions in the first quarter of 2021 globally, says the latest mobility report by multinational telecommunications company, Ericsson. Nigeria’s mobile subscription increases by over three million, third highest globally, according to a eport. Ericsson’s Vice President and Head of Ericsson South and East Africa, Todd Ashton, made this known during a virtual press Read More

Smile woos customers with new SmileVoice talk plans

July 7, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

One of Nigeria’s leading broadband services providers, Smile Communications Nigeria is set to introduce four new local call options with extended validity to its range of SmileVoice ONLY plans. The new options, according to the telecom firm, are developed to complement the three existing 30-day SmileVoice ONLY plans. Leading the pack is the new 60-day validity plan, which comes in Read More