ATCON to host Pantami in Abuja

The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has concluded plans to host the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami to a ‘special reception’ in Abuja. The Executive Secretary of ATCON, Ajibola Olude, who disclosed this,  said that the President of the association, Mr Olusola Teniola, would lead the special and high-powered reception. He said that among the objectives of the event would be to formally introduce the honourable minister of communications to the captains of the industry. In addition, he said, the reception would…

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Minister, telcos bicker over voicemails on mobile lines

Pantami: Stop defrauding subscribers Operators: Service is not a fraud   The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, has, again, ordered telecoms operators to stop automatic activation of voicemails on mobile lines. The minister said the order became imperative as his attention was “drawn to the latest trend of financial exploitation by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in the country, through the automatic activation of the Voicemail Service on their platforms.” However, the telcos said the allegation of fraud could not have arisen with voicemail service as it…

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Digital economy: Beyond ministry’s renaming

At the behest of the minister in charge of technology, the Federal Government recently changed the name of Ministry of Communications by adding Digital Economy to it. Stakeholders, however, see this as mere wall painting, given the on-going efforts of Nigerian Communications Commission to build a digital economy. SAMSON AKINTARO reports     The Ministry of Communications, which supervises Information and Communications Technology (ICT), was recently renamed as the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. This, the government said, was done to further expand its mandate to capture the…

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Giving force to Nigeria’s data protection regulation

Nigeria recently took a cue from the European GDPR by coming up with a data protection regulation. However, while the GDPR is a law binding on all handlers of European citizens’ data, Nigeria’s remains a regulation, which enforcement is at the discretion of the country’s ICT regulatory agency. SAMSON AKINTARO reports     Prior to its recent red flag against mobile app platform, Truecaller, Nigeria’s ICT regulator, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) had said it was investigating some banks and telecommunications operators in the country over possibility of flouting…

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ICT: The task before new communications minister

The highly anticipated assignment of portfolios to appointed ministers had come and gone. But for the minister of communications, the task ahead are enormous and stakeholders’ expectations are high given his background as a technocrat. SAMSON AKINTARO reports     With the recent inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet for his second term, the country’ Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector seems to be among the luckiest to have gotten a round peg in a round hole for a Minister. Prior to the release of the ministerial list by the…

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