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Clearing houses battle NCC over call masking allegations

Wants commission to investigate MNOs A potential battle is currently looming between the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and Interconnect Exchange Operators over some alleged sharp practices going on in the telecommunications sector. The NCC yesterday, in a letter sighted by The Guardian had accused about six operators including Interconnect Clearing House Nigeria Limited; Medallion Communications Limited; Nicconx Communications Limited; Breeze Micro Limited; Solid Interconnectivity and Exchange Telecommunications limited, of fuelling call masking and refilling in the industry. NCC claimed that these operators were found to be involved in call masking and refilling, hence the move to withdraw their...

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GSMA announces nominees for 2018 GLOMO Awards

The GSMA, a global body that represents the interests of mobile operators has announced the nominees for the Global Mobile Awards 2018 (GLOMO Awards), which offers organisations and individuals from across the world an opportunity to showcase how mobile technology continues to inspire new levels of ingenuity, innovation and achievement. The winners of the awards will be presented throughout Mobile World Congress, which takes place 26 February – 1 March in Barcelona. “As always, the calibre of entries is extremely high, so to be shortlisted for the GLOMOs today is quite an achievement in itself. We wish the very best of luck...

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What to look for in ATCON’s book on 100 leading Personalities in Nigerian Telecom/ICT Sector

The proposed book by the Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) that will x-ray the Nigerian telecom/ICT sector and come up with 100 leading personalities with their companies, is expected to have six structures that all stakeholders will look up to. The structures are the curriculum vitae (in an easy format) of the personalities, a brief historical background of how the company has led creativity in terms of the company’s services and products, the future plans of the company with respect to innovation and creativity and the list of corporate social responsibility that the company has done in the past. ...

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NCC mulls partnership with NIPCAC on telecom growth

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has started discussing areas of mutuality for partnership and collaboration with the Nigerian Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council (NIPCAC). The partnership, according to NCC is to enhance the growth of the Nigerian telecommunications sector, the second most vibrant sector of the economy after oil with a promising potential for employment, economic growth and development. “The Nigerian telecom industry remains to be deeply exploited, but the maiden visit of the Nigerian Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council is aimed at partnership and collaboration, with a view to enhancing the growth of the industry.” The Executive Vice Chairman...

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AI can boost revenue by 38%, raise employment by 10%, Accenture report says

Recommendation from a new report by Accenture, a global professional services company, has urged company’s CEO, especially in the average S&P500 companies to pivot their workforces to seize AI-driven growth and help them work with intelligent technologies. The report, titled ‘Reworking the Revolution: Are you ready to compete as intelligent technology meets human ingenuity to create the future workforce?’ noted that stronger commitment to AI could boost revenues by 38 per cent and employment by 10 per cent by 2022. Collectively, this would lift profits by US$4.8 trillion globally over the same period. For the average S&P500 company, this equates...

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Canon showcases cutting edge technology for the broadcast, cinema industry at CABSAT 2018

Canon showcased its latest industry-leading innovations at CABSAT 2018, the leading broadcast, satellite and creative media event in the Middle East and Africa region. The leader in imaging solutions also provided visitors with the opportunity to experience its full range of security solutions, Pro Video portfolio and professional imaging products first-hand at dedicated shooting areas and end to end workflow scenarios. At the three-day event, Canon unveiled the latest additions to its Pro-Video segment with the launch of its 4K XF Series cameras, XF405 and XF400, which is in addition to the recent launch of the EOS C200, the 4K compact...

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NITDA set to recertify OEMs

As part of her statutory responsibility to ensure that Nigerians get value from patronage of ICT products the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has called the attention of all Information Technology (IT) Indigenous Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), other government establishments, the organised private sector and the general publication that it has reorganised the process of registering and certifying indigenous IT OEMs. This reorganisation became necessary considering the incessant complaints received from consumers of indigenous IT devices. It is also aimed at facilitating and ensuring adherence to world class standards. This will guarantee the quality and...

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Data Pricing Structure Will Drive Market Competitiveness -Danbatta

Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC),has said there is a need for Nigeria to develop a proper pricing structure, saying such structure would ensure the affordability and availability of Broadband in the country. Danbatta stated this in Lagos at the Digital Bridge Institute, during a stakeholders’ forum on the study of the determination of cost based pricing for retail broadband and data services in Nigeria. The NCC Chief Executive said, not only would a broadband pricing structure ensure affordability, it will also ensure fair competition by checking price discrimination, excessive pricing, predatory pricing, margin squeeze...

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Living Smartly With Smartphones

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Phones have become a way of life for many people. This device enables modern man with hectic schedules to multi-task and undertake activities, which ordinarily would require lots of time and energy. So, it’s understandable, when some people appear unable to do without their handsets.However, despite its numerous positive attributes, there have been health worries globally about the possible side effects of using smartphones. In 2015, a group of 200 biological and health scientists from around the world expressed their concerns about the negative aspects of smartphones. They called on the United Nations (UN) to help them in their quest for spreading...

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Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem Appointed Akwa Ibom New SSG

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The Akwa Ibom Government has appointed former National President of Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, as new Secretary to State Government (SSG). The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Charles Udoh, announced this in a statement on Monday in Uyo. He stated that the new SSG would be sworn in on Jan. 16 at the Government House, Uyo. He added that “this appointment is part of continuous effort to re-jig the governance structure of the state.” Udoh noted that the process of strengthening the state executive council had started, with the swearing in of...

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