JUST IN: FG relaxes ban on new SIM Card activation​

JUST IN: FG relaxes ban on new SIM Card activation​

JUST IN: FG terminates ban on new SIM card activation ​ Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the activation of new SIM Card with mandatory National Identification Number (NIN) in line with the revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Card registration. A statement from the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, today explained that this is in line with the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, Section 23(a), which specifies the role of the Minister to include the formulation, determination and monitoring of the general policy for the communications sector. In line with…

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NCC sets new rules for collocation and infrastructure sharing

NCC sets new rules for collocation and infrastructure sharing

NCC sets new rules for collocation and infrastructure sharing     The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has released fresh guidelines bounding on access provider for rejecting any request for telecoms infrastructure sharing and collocation. According to a 31-page document containing the guidelines obtained by Business Metrics from the commission, the NCC sounds tough against practices capable of jeorpardising essence of the collocation and infrastructure sharing. The NCC stated that while an access provider has the right to refuse an application for infrastructure sharing by another player, the refusal can only…

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Survey: 20% of workloads are in the cloud

Survey: 20% of workloads are in the cloud

Survey: 20% of workloads are in the cloud   ITWeb, in partnership with IBM, conducted a Hybrid Cloud Survey to examine the state of cloud adoption across South African businesses. The majority (89%) of respondents say they play a role in their organisation’s decision making process around cloud adoption. Craig Holmes, Southern Africa Technology Leader at IBM, says: “Given the response statistics are representative of CXOs and senior IT leaders, this high percentage illustrates how prevalent cloud is as a topic in business today.” As many as 85% of respondents…

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Ethiopian Telecoms Deregulation: MTN, Telkom, Etisalat, others jostle for two operating licences

Ethiopian Telecoms Deregulation

Ethiopian Telecoms Deregulation: MTN, Telkom, Etisalat, others jostle for two operating licences     The race among telecoms behemoths is getting fiercer by the day as the Ethiopian government announced an extension of deadline for the submission of bids for two available telecommunications operator licences. The country had late last year announced plans to deregulate its telecoms sector and open the space for private participation, a development meant to enrich the coffers of the government on the one hand and stimulate dynamic innovation and healthy competition in the sector on…

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NCC sensitises telecom consumers at 2021 Enugu International Trade Fair

Enugu International Trade Fair

NCC sensitises telecom consumers at 2021 Enugu International Trade Fair     The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), in line with its tradition of exploring avenues to engage with telecom consumers, has taken advantage of the opportunity of this year’s edition of the Enugu International Trade Fair to enlighten telecom consumers on their rights and privileges within the telecommunications sector. Addressing a large audience of telecom consumers during the NCC Special Day held at recently-concluded 32nd Enugu International Trade Fair organised by the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), the Executive…

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Dearth of business cases, others stifle Nigeria’s IPV6 deployment

IPV6 Adoption

As ATCON, IPV6 Council Nigeria move to improve adoption   Lack of business cases has teamed up with other bottlenecks to slow down adoption of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPV6) in Nigeria, despite the country leading with highest internet usage in the African continent. Out of the total 9, 678 IPV6 addresses so far allocated by African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) in Africa, only 60 representing 0.62 percent has been deployed in Nigeria. This makes Nigeria, the biggest in terms of size and population in Africa, ranked third below South Africa…

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NCC Renews MTN’s Licence For 10 Years

NCC Renews MTN’s Licence For 10 Years

NCC Renews MTN’s Licence For 10 Years   Telecommunications regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has renewed the operating licence of MTN Nigeria, it has been learnt. According to the licensees’ database of the Commission, MTN’s current Unified Access Services (UAS) licence, which is to expire by August 31, 2021, has now been extended by another 10 years to expire on August 31, 2031. MTN’s operating spectrum, which was issued along with the digital-mobile licence in 2001, had an original expiry date of February 2016. The company, however, paid the sum…

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From Africa to the world: Konn3ct officially enters global video-conferencing market

From Africa to the world: Konn3ct officially enters global video-conferencing market

From Africa to the world: Konn3ct officially enters global video-conferencing market   Amidst rising adoption of video-conferencing solutions to by-pass obstacles of Coronavirus pandemic and facilitate seamless e-conferencing, Konn3ct, the first of such solutions coming from Africa has been officially launched by a Nigerian tech company, Newwaves Ecosystem. The official unveiling of Konn3ct took place on Wednesday after months of pilot deployment and usage by corporate, religious, business and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) during which its features were perfected to compete favourably in the global space with early brands. The launch…

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OP-ED: How tech companies can help reverse talent erosion in rural communities

How tech companies can help reverse talent erosion in rural communities

By Andrew Bourne, Regional Manager, Africa, Zoho Corporation   For decades, companies, especially tech providers, have followed a certain operational pattern. They start out in a major city, raise funding from investors, attract talent from nearby towns and villages, and then repeat the model in another major city as they expand. However, the events of the last 12 months have shown us that this workforce model may actually be inefficient and detrimental to the world at large, in that it’s causing talent erosion in rural communities. Youth emigration, encouraged by…

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Reaping ICT benefits dependent on infrastructure, literacy, says Danbatta

Danbatta

L-R: Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, being presented with an appreciation award by Prof. Abdulrahman Sheshe, Chief Medical Director, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano, during the courtesy visit Reaping ICT benefits dependent on infrastructure, literacy, says Danbatta   Umar Danbatta, the executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has said that robust digital infrastructure and literacy are key to reaping the transformational benefits of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) across public and private institutions in the country. Danbatta stated this when he…

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