Vodacom Business targets more stakes in enterprise IT services

One of Nigeria’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) firms, Vodacom Business Nigeria, has restated its commitment to delivering more enterprise-grade total communications solutions in the industry. Managing Director of Vodacom Business Nigeria, Mr. Lanre Kolade, stated this during a media interaction shortly after winning The Internet of Things (IoT) Focused Company and Enterprise Solutions Provider of the Year Awards at the 2017 Beacon of ICT (BoICT) Awards. The BoICT awards, held in Lagos, seeks to recognise outstanding contributions to the growth of ICT in Nigeria. He remarked: “We are proud…

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‘Nigerians must prepare for $19trn IoT revenue potential’

Nigerian youths have been challenged to seek capacity building in the area of technological know-how that can position them as technology leaders who will develop innovative solutions that will drive the projected $19 trillion Internet of Thing (IoT) market. The IoT, which the world is gradually entering into and unarguably the future of Internet connectivity, is projected to connect about 50 billion devices by 2020 at an estimated market value of about $19 trillion. IoT explains a situation where technology is playing a key role in making everything in the…

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NCC: Nigeria yet to fully harvest ICT dividends

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said while Nigeria has already plugged into the Information and Communication CT ecosystem, it has yet to fully harvest the dividends of the ICT revolution sweeping across the world. Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Danbatta, stated this during an award function in Lagos where the Commission won three awards. Represented at the ICT function by the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Engagements, Mr. Sunday Dare, Dabatta, said the gap in fully harvesting the potential of ICT lies in the fact that there is an imbalance…

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Uncertainty over telecoms CNI bill

Cloud of uncertainty is gathering over the possibility of having the telecoms Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) Bill passed into law, following the realisation that most of its provisions are already taken care of in the Cybercrime Act, 2015. KUNLE AZEEZ reports   The excitement among telecoms stakeholders that the much-touted telecoms Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) Bill would be passed into law anytime soon may have been overturned by events, according to New Telegraph’s findings. The bill is drafted by telecoms industry stakeholders with a view to having a law that…

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‘Nigeria, key to Samsung’s $196bn annual revenue’

Nigeria is a major market contributing substantially to the annual $196 billion revenue being generated by Samsung across its operations, the smartphone maker has revealed. Though the company was silent of the percentage of Nigeria’s contribution, it says that Nigerians are smartphone lovers, saying this has informed the Samsung’s continuous focus to always introduce its mobile devices into the largest African market. Managing Director, Samsung Electronics West Africa, Mr. Paul Lee, stated this while announcing that the pre-order of its 8th generation flagship Galaxy S Series, the Samsung Galaxy S8…

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StarTimes’ subscribers in Nigeria, others hit 10m

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The number of subscribers being served by Star- Times in Nigeria and other countries of its operations has reached 10 million, the pay- TV firm has disclosed. This is coming as StarTimes, which claims coverage of 90 per cent of the continent’s population with a massive distribution network, enriched digital TV viewing and family entertainment in Nigeria with the addition of a new lifestyle Igbo channel called Isi Mbido. According to a statement, the new channel, which is live on StarTimes pay TV platform channel 172 was introduced to provide…

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OLX supports IDPs with N.5m

One of Nigeria’s online classifieds companies, OLX, has demonstrated its commitment towards support social cause aimed at raising hope for the less privileged in the county. The company, according to a statement, used the Easter season to share happiness and hope by supporting the WeCare4IDPs Initiative. The campaign is dedicated to raising funds to support Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), as part of efforts to make a positive impact on Nigerians. The management and staff of OLX came together and raised N500, 000 to donate to the IDP camp. Explaining the…

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Software experts fret over N400bn yearly capital flight

Stakeholders in the nation’s software industry are becoming increasingly worried over the growth in annual capital loss to patronage of foreign software products and services by the Nigerian economy, which they claimed has been affecting the growth of the indigenous software industry. The stakeholders raised the fresh alarm during an interview with the President of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Mr. Olorogun Emadoye, who also called for an immediate review of the laws to give lifeline to local software developers and to curb the annual capital flight…

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Airline invests in free WiFi on-board for Nigerians, others

Turkish Airlines has introduced a new telecommunications service that allows Nigerians and passengers from other nationalities on United Statebound flights of the airlines. The new adjustments, according to the airline in a statement, has become necessary in order to further ensure a pleasant travel to the United States on Turkish Airlines, which is Europe’s Best Airline for six consecutive years, according to recent Skytrax results, The airline extends Business Class free on-board Internet services to economy passengers in exchange for their tablets or laptops while boarding their flights to the…

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X-raying telecoms consumers’ worries

With telecoms regulator declaring 2017 as Year of Telecomms Consumer, mobile subscribers across networks have listed their current challenges regarding quality of service (QoS), which they want the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to focus on. KUNLE AZEEZ reports     Over the last 16 years of telecoms deregulation, the number of mobile subscribers on various telecoms networks has grown significantly. From a paltry 500,000 mobile lines in 2001, the industry has grown to over 230 million connected lines with over 154.1 million of them active on their respective networks and…

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