NCC fights for Nigeria’s share of $13.2trn 5G economic gains

NCC fights for Nigeria’s share of $13.2trn 5G economic gains

Nigeria’s Telecoms regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has continued to advance efforts towards ensuring that Nigeria does not miss out on the huge economic benefits promised by 5G technology. This played out again on Tuesday in the address of Umar Danbatta, the executive vice chairman of the NCC, while addressing the Abuja chapter of the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) at a capacity-building training the NCC organized for the tech journalists. Danbatta disabused the mind of Nigerians of misinformation about 5G which could deny the country its fair…

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Danbatta closes 2-Day working visit to kano with meeting with clerics

Advocates peaceful coexistence ___________________________________ Umar Danbatta, the executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has met with some Salafiyyah clerics as he rounded off his two-day working visit to Kano State at the weekend. Danbatta’s last port of call during the visit was his meeting with one of the leaders of Salafiyya Muslims in the state, Sheik Abdulwahab Abdallah on the evening of Sunday, October 25, 2020. During the visit to the cleric, Danbatta commended the Ahlussunnah Muslims for being at the forefront of ensuring a peaceful and…

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MTN Nigeria appoints New CEO as Moolman exits March, 2021

Telecoms giant, MTN Nigeria has announced the appointment of Karl Toriola as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) designate of the company. The appointment of Toriola, who is currently the vice president, West and Central Africa (WECA), will take effect on 1st of March 2021, providing enough time for an orderly handover, MTN disclosed in press statement on Monday. Toriola obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Ife, a Master of Science degree in Communication System from University of Wales, and attended the General…

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MTN, 9mobile get NCC’s approval for national roaming service

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As Commission encourages resource sharing ________________________ The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has granted approval for two mobile network operators (MNOs) to carry out trial on National Roaming Service for a period of three months, commencing from August 1, 2020 and to end by October 31, 2020. The two telecoms companies are Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) Nigeria and the Emerging Markets Telecommunication Service Limited (EMTS), trading as 9Mobile in Nigeria. With this approval EMTS and MTN are expected to configure their networks to begin test and simulation for customer experience. The…

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We’re on course with digital economy drive, Pantami, others reassure

Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, agencies under the Ministry and industry stakeholders have re-emphasized their unflinching commitment to support the drive by the Federal Government to leverage Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to transform Nigeria into a fully digital economy. The renewed commitment was made at the maiden edition of Digital Nigeria Day (DND) 2020 hosted by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy at the NCC’s Communications and Digital Economy Complex, Mbora, Abuja today. Addressing industry stakeholders at the event with the theme: ‘Digital…

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H1’ 2020: Airtel Africa posts $145m profit as customer base hits 116.4m

H1’ 2020: Airtel Africa posts $145m profit as customer base hits 116.4m

Telecoms and payment giant, Airtel Africa has reported broad base positive performance for the half-year period ended June 30, 2020. According to the financial disclosure filed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), where it is listed, the telecoms company realised $145 million as the profit after tax (PAT) for the period. This is however 36.6 per cent decline from the 2019 half year record, despite 10.7 per cent rise in revenue at $1.815 billion in the six-month period and 14.3 per cent uptick in the Q2 revenue alone. Airtel Africa…

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DNS attacks target telecoms companies with 83% hit pre-Covid

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As many as 83 per cent of companies in the telecommunications and media sectors experienced a DNS attack in 2019 – before the Covid-19 crisis even hit. Organisations in the sector experienced an average of 11.4 attacks last year, compared to 9.5 attacks across other industries, confirming that as an industry TMT is the most frequent victim of DNS attacks. Further, almost one in 10 of those companies suffered costs of more than US$5 million per attack. This revelation is contained in 2020 Global DNS Threat Report just published by…

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Why you experience poor network now, ALTON explains

Why you experience poor network now, ALTON explains

The Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has explained that the ongoing #EndSARS protest and crisis has caused the noticeable breakdown in telecoms services being experienced in some locations in the country. As the association explained the linkage between the two scenarios, it regretted the reports of recent incidents of violence across the country. “The wanton destruction of lives and properties is disheartening. As service providers and employers of labour, our immediate priority is the safety of our staff across the country,” it said in a communiqué delivered…

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Minister inaugurates more digital economy projects by NCC, USPF, NITDA

NCC. Danbatta, Pantami, Broadband, Digital Economy

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has commissioned more projects executed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) towards advancing the digital economy vision of the government. The projects include the NCC’s Emergency Communications Centre ((ECC), Ado –Ekiti; the Digital Awareness Programme (DAP) for Secondary Schools, whose beneficiaries are Methodist Girls’ High School, Yaba, Lagos State and Bishop Okoye Girls’ Secondary School, Ukpor, Anambra State; as well as the School Knowledge Center (SKC) at Ijaloke Grammar School, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, executed by…

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Pantami highlights four drivers of digital economy

NCC to facilitate new target of 70% – Danbatta __________________________ Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy has highlighted four factors that will drive the digital economy agenda in Nigeria. According to the minister, broadband penetration, access to smartphones, development of digital identity ecosystem and biometric verification of bank accounts are four key elements that can drive the digital economy. Pantami made this known as he has engaged relevant industry players and agencies under the ministry to discuss ways for achieving accelerated implementation of the new Nigerian National…

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