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Insecurity: Weighing implications of telcos’ shutdown

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), last week, ordered network operators in the country to shut down all their sites in Zamfara State, in what came as a last resort in tackling the rising insecurity in the state. While stakeholders have expressed divergent views on the issue, the implications of this unprecedented action could be far-reaching. […]

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Removing obstacles to ICT devt in Nigeria

The minister of communications and digital economy recently reeled out what government has gained from the ICT sector in the last two years. This brought to the fore, the need for government to speed up actions in tackling challenges inhibiting the development of the sector. SAMSON AKINTARO reports The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, […]

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Growing indigenous content in telecoms

The Federal Government recently came up with a local content policy specific to the telecommunications sector. The stakeholders, however, want government to do more in helping local or indigenous players become relevant in the sector. SAMSON AKINTARO reports The issue of local content has, for years, dominated discussions in the Nigerian Information and Communications Technology […]

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ICT: Hope for startups amidst shrinking connectivity

One key positive development in Nigeria’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector in the last six months was the continued attention being received by the country’s tech startups. The period, however, marked a reversal of fortune for the telecoms market as the operators continued to lose subscriptions. SAMSON AKINTARO reports Until December last year, Nigeria’s […]

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Ending anti-growth policies in telecoms sector

The last year witnessed a flurry of policies in the telecoms sector, most of which have done more damage than good to the perennial growth that the sector is known for. According to stakeholders, most of these policies are antithesis to the growth sustainability plan being implemented by the telecoms regulator. SAMSON AKINTARO examines the […]

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Digitising the Nigerian economy

With the renaming of the Communications Ministry to include Digital Economy, Nigeria signposted its readiness to embark on a new journey of economic development with technology. While government has followed this up with a policy strategy, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), as one of the agencies saddled with the responsibilities of implementation, has taken some […]

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Looking inward for tech start-ups funding

Coronavirus has shifted government’s attention to technology start-ups as it hopes to empower them to develop local solutions. Against this backdrop, some startups are beginning to get funding from government agencies, which may reduce dependence on foreign investors. SAMSON AKINTARO reports The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) last week presented a cheque of N3 million each […]

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RoW: Hope rises for cheaper internet access in Nigeria

With the recent declaration that all the 36 states of the federation have been mandated to slash Right of Way (RoW) charges by at least 96 per cent, the hope of cheaper and more affordable internet access is now higher in the country. If the states go by their promise, this also puts the country’s […]

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