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High cost of data, Pantami calls for tariff reduction

October 23, 2019 Editorial III 0

Worried by high cost of data in the country, Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has called for immediate reduction of data tariff by telecom companies. According to him a report from UK-based price comparison website — Cable stated that Nigeria is not among the top 10 African countries with low average price of data; a position the Read More

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MTN celebrates silver jubilee in Africa with new package

October 9, 2019 Editorial III 0

As part of activities to mark the 25 years of its operation in Africa, MTN Group has flagged of ‘We’re good together’ initiative. The group said the initiative is aimed at demonstrating how, in partnering with our host countries, we can change lives by improving digital access, driving financial inclusion, empowering and enabling SMEs, creating jobs and broad community development, Read More

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Analysts react as Bill to pay for SMS, data usage emerges

October 7, 2019 Editorial III 0

Analysts at Afrinvest say the new Communication Service Tax (CST) is another misadventure by government, saying it would overburden consumers. The Communication Service Tax Bill is back from the dead but now repurposed. The 2016 version was meant to help boost government revenues from non-oil taxes in the wake of the collapse in oil prices between 2014 and 2016. The Read More

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Nigeria not ready for 5G, says Expert

September 16, 2019 Editorial III 0

A data systems analyst, Kunle Dawodu, says Nigeria is not ready for 5G technology as the infrastructure, including power and low penetration of digital inclusion will not encourage investors. He started this at the weekend while reacting to the comment credited to the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, that African continent holds Read More

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NCC moves to combat fake phones

September 4, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has enlisted security agencies and other stakeholders to put a definite end to the proliferation of fake phones and devices imported into the country. This new move according to Amina Shehu, NCC’s Director, Zonal Operations, is part of the Commission’s way of ensuring consumers get quality service and value for their money. Shehu disclosed this Read More

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60m Nigerians have access to internet-NCC

July 14, 2019 Editorial III 0

Executive Vice Chairman Nigerian Communication Commission Prof Garba Umar Dambatta  has said that over 60 million Nigerians now have access to high speed internet services in the country. Danbatta disclosed this at the 2019 Annual Dinner and Awards Night held at the Grand Central Hotel Kano over the weekend. The Dinner was organised by Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Kabuga Read More

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Stock market appreciate as Airtel lists N1.36trn shares

July 10, 2019 Editorial III 0

Market capitalisation of the listed equities yesterday increased by N1.379 trillion. The market appreciated by 10.68 per cent to N14.288 trillion from N12.909 trillion traded on Monday following Airtel listing in the market. The Nigerian Stock Exchange All Share Index also appreciated by 30.15 basis points to 29318.02 points from 29287.87 reported on Monday. The NSE market capitalisation appreciated following Read More

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NCC Says ICT key to advanced virtual learning in healthcare delivery

July 3, 2019 Editorial III 0

The NCC has said the ICT is central to advanced virtual learning in medical care and learning and that is the reason NCC has been in the vanguard of propagating ICT education through deployment of equipment to school knowledge centres, libraries, community resource centres and other initiatives. Controller NCC Kano Zonal Office, Shuaibu Swade, stated this recently during an interactive Read More

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Stakeholders call for interconnect settlement scheme to address indebtedness

January 9, 2019 Editorial III 0

Stakeholders in the telecommunications ecosystem have urged the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to establish Interconnect Settlement Scheme to address indebtedness in the industry. This is against the backdrop of notices by the Commission to have some networks disconnected for inability to settle interconnect and infrastructure debts. They cited example of Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) established by the Central Read More

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Africa’s entertainment industry in new wave of convergence – PwC

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

Africa’s entertainment and media industry has entered a dynamic new phase – a third wave of convergence. The borders that once separated the entertainment and media (E&M), technology and telecommunications industries are blurring in the battle for the attention of the consumer in a world that is rapidly digitising. DAVID AGBA reports. The outlook As the mobile device cements itself Read More

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Indigenous operators berate low govt patronage

September 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

Lack of patronage for local products and services, especially in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), has drawn the ire of stakeholders in the sector. The stakeholders are also miffed at the Office for Nigerian Content Development in ICT (ONC), and urged it to do more to protect and support indigenous companies’ survival. Read More

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9 Mobile not for incompetent investors – NCC

February 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said the 9mobile telecommunication company would not be sold to an incompetent investor and promised to ensure that the company is taken over by investors with the requisite technical capability and pedigree to manage the organisation. NCC disclosed this in a statement issued by it’s Spokesman, Tony Ojobo, yesterday in Abuja. The commission that Read More