Category: Technology

NITDA urges MDAs, private sector to patronise Nigerian data centres

By Ijeoma Ndubisi Abuja –   The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Monday, called on Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as private organisations to patronise Nigerian Data Centres across the country to develop the economy. Dr Isa Pantami, Director-General of the agency, in a statement he signed on Monday in Abuja, said that patronising such centres would reduce capital flight. According to him, it will also create jobs and guarantee reduction in cost of Information Technology products. “ NITDA would like to bring to the attention of Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as private organisations to ... Read more

Kwara DSO Ready for Commissioning – Digiteam

By Rotimi Ijikanmi Ilorin –   Digital Switch Over (DSO), the transition from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting, is ready for launch in Kwara State, Digiteam disclosed on Friday. Mr Edward Amana, Chairman of Digiteam – a Presidential Committee to oversee DSO – disclosed this when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, inspected facilities for the roll out in Ilorin. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the minister and his team were conducted round the facilities by officials of the Integrated Television Services (ITS), the signal distributor for Ilorin DSO. Amana told newsmen after the ... Read more

Three firms bid to set up fourth mobile phone company in Zambia

LUSAKA   – One British and two African companies are bidding to establish a fourth mobile phone voice service provider in Zambia in a tender closing next month, communications minister Brian Mushimba said late on Tuesday. Zambia approved a law in June allowing more mobile phone voice service providers to boost competition. The tender was supposed to close last week but was extended to Dec. 18 because some of the bidders needed more time, Mushimba said. “Some of the interested parties came on board very late and for them to give a comprehensive report, they need to get on the ground ... Read more

NASRDA encourages students to participate in space programmes

By Regina Abu/Ijeoma Ndubisi Abuja –  The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) on Monday urged students to participate in inter-school space programmes. Dr Ayatunji Benjamin, the Chairman, NASRDA Space Ambassador Scheme, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He said the agency recently organised inter-state competition for space ambassadorship competition and exhibition for secondary school students “to introduce the young ones to space science and technology early in life.” Benjamin decried that only few states were represented in the inter-state  competition, adding that “the inability of states to present students ... Read more

Angola Cables Expands South Africa Presence

CAPE TOWN, (Sundiata Post) — To further expand its network reach and peering capabilities, Angola Cables (www.AngolaCables.co.ao) announced today that it expects to establish a Point of Presence (PoP) in Cape Town before the end of the year. After almost a year of operations in South Africa, the company has seen exponential growth in its customer base. Currently with a PoP in Teraco in Johannesburg, increasing demand has resulted in Angola Cables’ decision to develop a PoP infrastructure for customers based, or with operations in, Cape Town. “This expansion will give us the ability to attend to local Internet and ... Read more

Google’s Startup Boot camp: Entreprenuership key to national development…Official

Lagos –  Google Country Director, Mrs Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, say entrepreneurship is key to national development. Ehimuan-Chiazor made the assertion at the inaugural Google Developers Launchpad Programme in Lagos on Monday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Google Developers Lunchpad Programme is in partnership with the Co-creation Hub (Cchub). According to the Country Director, Google believes that empowering entrepreneurs and startups is essential to drive employment growth and enable both economic and social development on the continent. “The growth of entrepreneurship in Africa is critical to the survival of the continent. “Therefore, Google is training `startups’ with the ... Read more

NCC restates commitment to give qualitative telecommunication services

By Constance Athekame Abuja –   Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has reiterated the commission’s readiness to give qualitative telecommunication services to Nigerians. Danbatta said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the public inquiry on draft guidelines on spectrum trading. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that spectrum is a range over which some measurable property of a physical phenomenon such as the frequency of sound or electromagnetic radiation, or the mass of specific kinds of particles, can vary. He said that the public inquiry was to ensure that important national resource was optimally ... Read more

Nigeria at 57: IBB urges Nigerians to embrace dialogue in resolving challenges

By Obinna Unaeze Minna –   Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) (rtd), has urged Nigerians to embrace dialogue in resolving the country’s challenges in order to ensure peace and development. Babangida made the remark on Saturday in Minna to mark Nigeria’s 57th Independence anniversary on Oct. 1. He said even though the nation was witnessing agitations and conflicts, there was need for careful appraisal of our journey to nationhood. “The resilience of armed forces of Nigeria to curtail secessionist agitation throughout our nation’s post independence era has reduced tensions and unnecessary destruction of lives and property. “Dialogue remains the best ... Read more

Lawyers Ask Court to Order Buratai to Produce Nnamdi Kanu

Ade ‎Adesomoju, Abuja Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, ‎Nnamdi Kanu, has been declared missing by his team of lawyers. The legal team led by Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, ‎said it had therefore, on Wednesday filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja praying for an order directing the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to produce Kanu in court. Ejiofor disclosed ‎this in a text message sent to our correspondent on Wednesday. “We just filed an application for prerogative order of habeas corpus commanding the Chief of Army Staff to produce Nnamdi Kanu in court,” the text message ... Read more

NIPOST Undergoes Reforms To Deliver e-Commerce, e-Government Services – Shittu

By Nse Anthony-Uko (Sundiata Post) – The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) is being reformed to strengthen and reposition it in order to undertake e-commerce and e-government services, as a strategic response to technological challenges that have affected mail services globally, according to Alhaji Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communications. Shittu, who stated this at a meeting with the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Alex A. Okoh, in his office on Thursday, said that despite the deteriorating state of NIPOST, it is still viable and has the infrastructure and personnel to provide essential services to Nigerians. ... Read more

Airtel Nigeria Bags Payment Innovation in Telecom Awards

(Sundiata Post) – Leading telecommunications service provider, Airtel Nigeria, has been honoured with the Payment Innovation in Telecom Award by Africa’s leading transaction switching and processing services company, Interswitch. The Award, which held on Friday September 15th, 2017 at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos, recognized leading financial institutions, mobile financial players, processors and retailers, for their innovative and transformative use of mobile financial solutions to solve real-world customer and business issues. In the citation by Interswitch, Airtel Nigeria has continued to revolutionise telecommunications service as well as support smart payments that create seamless experience for customers, adding that the ... Read more

Kaduna Govt to construct 50mw solar plant in Igabi LG

By Ezra Musa Kaduna –  Kaduna State Government says it has concluded plans to construct 50 megawatts solar plant at Kafin Ganye in Igabi Local Government Area. Ibrahim Hussaini, Director-General, Kaduna Geographic Information Services (KADGIS), made this known in a statement issued in Kaduna on Thursday. Hussaini said the construction of the solar power plants would boost the economic growth of the state and the country at large, especially for the smooth running of companies and individual businesses. He said that KADGIS had carried out an assessment and evaluation of economic trees on the proposed site and the state government ... Read more

Nigeria’s unity non-negotiable, says Osinbajo

Yola –  Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday in Yola, reinstated the commitment of the Federation Government to keep one, indivisible Nigeria. Osinbajo made the commitment while speaking at the reception in Yola in honour of the new President of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), the Most Reverend Musa Filibus. The vice-president, therefore, urged Nigerians to sustain the unity which he said was the dream of the fore fathers of the country. According to him, Christians are encouraged to pursue justice and reconciliation with people of other faith. While congratulating Filibus for being the first Nigerian and second African to emerge ... Read more

NCC Urges Customers to Always Demand Complaints Reference Number, Announces Toll Free Number

By Felix Ugboja The Nigeria Communication Commission has called on mobile service customers in Nigeria to always demand their Complaints Reference Number every time they call their service providers on any service issue. The Commission made this announcement via thir official twitter handle @NgComCommission on Thursday. According to the Commission, it is important for customers to always have their reference number in case the issue needs to escalated to the Commission. The Commission also revealed the toll free number 622 and that customers can also write to complaints@ncc.gov.ng, consumerportal@ncc.gov.ng or visit: http://consumer.ncc.gov.ng. See tweets below:  

Telecoms Sector Adds N1.5tn to GDP in Second Quarter – NCC Boss, Danbatta Reveals

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta has said that the telecoms sector contributed N1.549 trillion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2017, representing 6.68 per cent increase from the first quarter of the year (N1.452 trillion). Speaking while receiving the Chairperson of Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), Madam Angelique Weeks, who paid him a courtesy visit yesterday in Abuja, Danbatta, said the figures were derived from the recently released National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) report on the economy. The NBS’s report has confirmed that the telecommunications sector, during ... Read more

Telecoms Sector Adds N1.5trn To GDP In Q2 – Danbatta

By Nse Anthony-Uko (Sundiata Post) – The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta has said that the telecoms sector contributed N1.549 trillion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2017, representing 6.68 per cent increase from the first quarter of the year (N1.452 trillion). Speaking while receiving the Chairperson of Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) Madam Angelique Weeks, who paid him a courtesy visit on Thursday in Abuja, Danbatta, said the figures were derived from recently released Bureau of Statistics (NBS’s) report on the economy. The NBS’s report has confirmed ... Read more

Summit pushes for greater ICT in Africa, developing world

by Chiazo Ogbolu Lagos –   The Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC), on Saturday called for the establishment of a greater Information and Communication Technology in Africa and the developing world. The Director-General, TEPC, Shri Rajesk Kumar Bhatnagar said in a statement that the Indo-Africa ICT Expo and Summit 2017 was an avenue where African ICT experts would fashion the future of the industry. “Digital Transformation is the need of the time for the developing world. “Nations in Africa and India can share their experiences on embracing digital technologies, digital competencies, digital literacy for re-inventing lives and ... Read more

HP Unveils new ink tank wireless printers for home users

By Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma Lagos  –  HP Inc. on Thursday unveiled HP DeskJet GT 5820/10 All-in-One Series, a wireless ink tank printer, for high-volume home users. Mr Allison Alassan, the HP Inc.’s Retail Channel Manager, said at the occasion that the series would print up to 8,000 with a set of three HP colour bottles in a minute. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the printers are targeted at high-volume home users looking for a wireless ink tank printer that never stops. Alassan said that it would also print up to 5,000 pages with a HP black ink bottle ... Read more

DSTV’s Cartoon Network denies broadcasting inappropriate content for children on its platform

Cartoon Network has reacted to the trending sexual images on social media that has caused African parents to panic over what is supposedly being shown on Televison nowadays. Few days ago, inappopriate images supposedly snapped from popular cartoon shows broadcasted on cartoon network were shared online to warn parents to carefully monitor what their children watch. However, the person who originally shared the first image, and has now deleted his account, faced backlash from people who knew the image was from ‘anime porn’ portraying the original content shown for kids and not on TV. Others have picked up on the image, added more and it all went viral with parents panicking ... Read more

Technology Firms, Police Partner on Crime Reporting App

By Chiazo Ogbolu Lagos –   Mr Kayode Aladesuyi, the Chief Executive Officer of Web Assets Nigeria Ltd. says the firm is partnering with the Nigeria Police to develop and deploy application to curb crimes. Aladesuyi said that the project known as ”Hawk Eye” was an innovative mobile app that would allow users to report crimes anonymously to the police by video, voice or text. He made this known in a statement in Lagos on Tuesday. He said that the app was developed by the Lagos based tech firm, in partnership with U.S. based tech firms, BBGN&K and tech giant ... Read more

NIPOST Adopts 3 Words Addressing System

By Constance Athekame Abuja –   Mr Bisi Adegbuyi, the Postmaster-General Federation on Wednesday said the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) would adopt the three words addressing system in its services to improve postal delivery services in the country. Adegbuyi made this known in a statement issued by Mr Victor Oluwadamilare, the Special Assistant Media to the Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu in Abuja. According to him, this is in preparation for the take-off of Nigerian e-commerce system. He said that NIPOST would use the three words addressing system known globally as “what3words’’ to increase the number of homes in ... Read more

FG Says Will Establish Structures to Increase Patronage of Locally Produced Goods

By Gabriel Agbeja Abuja –   Federal Government on Monday in Abuja expressed its readiness to establish structures that will increase patronage of locally produced goods and services. Mrs Aisha Abubakar, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) made this known when she visited Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology. She said that such structure would improve made in Nigeria  products and increase national income. According to her, FMITI is mandated with the responsibility of  formulating policy to ensure government maximises the use of made-in -Nigeria goods. “You are aware of government’s directive on the need to increase ... Read more

Shittu Commends NBA For Embracing ICT

Abuja   –     Mr Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communications has commended the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) for striving to reform the practice of the legal profession by leveraging on Information Communication Technology (ICT). Shittu said this when the President of the association Abubakar Mahmoud visited him in Abuja, according to a statement by Victor Oluwadamilare Special Assistant on Media to the Minister on Thursday. Shittu expressed delight on the resolve of the association to engage ICT in refining legal practice, saying advocacy and capacity building were veritable means to make Nigerian lawyers more effective and efficient. He ... Read more

NITDA Set Up Multi-Million Naira Training Centre For IDPs in Abuja

By Lucy Nwachukwu Abuja –   The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has set up a multi-million naira Digital Capacity Building Centre for training of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Praxis Catholic e-School for IDPs in Abuja. The Chief Executive of the school, Mr Ben Onwudinjo, made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja. According to Onwudinjo, NITDA Director-General, Dr Isa Pantani set up the centre at the school as part of the agency’s mandate of corporate social responsibility. He said that the school had awarded scholarship to 300 IDP students drawn ... Read more

Nigerian Air Force Inaugurates Liquid Oxygen Plant in Yola

Yola –  The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Monday inaugurated a liquid oxygen plant in Yola. The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Mashal Sadiq Abubakar, while inaugurating the facility at the 103 Strike Group base in Yola, said that the plant was critical to the operations of NAF pilots. Abubakar said the plant was provided as one of the strategic efforts by the Federal Government to end insurgency and other violent crimes in the country. He urged the officers and airmen to work harder to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency. The CAS assured them that the ... Read more

Media Practitioners Advised to Imbibe Data Journalism

By Hauwa Muhammad Gold Abuja –   Mr Joshua Olufemi, Programme Manager, Premium Times has advised media practitioners to imbibe the culture of data journalism due to technological advancement in the world. Olufemi was a resource person at a four-day ongoing workshop of the International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) in Abuja. He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the workshop on Saturday that data journalism was not a replacement of traditional journalism but an improvement to it. Olufemi said that data journalism was a new skill for searching, understanding and visualising digital sources in ... Read more

‘Digital Banking Holds Key To Financial Inclusion’

By Nse Anthony=Uko (Sundiata Post) — Nigeria’s economy though confronted with challenges, with digitalization at the core of the national banking strategy, financial inclusion has been given room to grow. “here are so many people in Africa that are outside the banking system”, “For you to be part of organised society, financial inclusion is a must”, said Segun Agbaje, managing director and CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank), one of the continent’s leading financial institutions. Slowly but surely, financial inclusion in Africa is improving. he Central Bank of Nigeria predicts that, by 2020, the number of adult Nigerians with access ... Read more

$1.2bn Debt: Etisalat, Banks Resolve Amicably, Says NCC

By Nse Anthony-Uko ABUJA, (Sundiata Post) – Etisalat and its creditor banks have successfully reached an amicable resolution on key issues pertaining to the telco’s indebtedness, the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that a smooth transitional process is currently ongoing on mutually agreed terms between the parties. The Commission also expressed confidence that the amicable resolutions reached by the parties will further strengthen Etisalat’s capacity to continue to provide services to its over 20million customers and to fulfil its obligations to its other stakeholders as a going concern, regardless of any changes that the ... Read more

Can Nigeria Plug Tax Leakages In The Digital Economy?

  The digital economy is creating new business models and new kinds of assets while disrupting physical markets. ISAAC ANYAOGU examines Nigeria’s preparedness to meet the complex challenges involved in taxing the digital economy and offers useful models from advanced systems. Every time you shop on Amazon, Nigeria dies a little – figuratively. What is even more infuriating is that Nigeria isn’t even aware it is dying in instalments – literally. Twenty-four year old Jane, a consultant, at a suave strategy consulting firm located on Victoria Island, a posh Lagos metropolis (when it is not raining), recently bought an iphone ... Read more

Nigeria’s Tech Start-Ups In Aggressive Expansion For Global Market Share

Nigeria’s technology start-ups are expanding aggressively to position themselves for stronger global market share, BusinessDay findings show. irokotv and ibakaTV are two web platforms that provide paid-for Nigerian films on-demand. iBakaTV started in 2011 with N1 million and a few subscribers but has attracted investors who pumped millions of dollars into the business. The platform sells online Nollywood movies to Africans in the Diaspora who pay in dollars and it now boasts of one billion views on both YouTube and its own platform. “What we did was to enter into agreements in terms of acquisition and licensing of films. We ... Read more

Onu Restates FG Commitment to Promote Made in Nigeria Products

Onu Restates FG Commitment to Promote Made in Nigeria Products

NIIT To Subsidize Scholarship Fees

By Philip Yatai Kaduna  –  Mrs Onyedikachi Aruma, Head, Kaduna Centre of NIIT says the organisation will subsidize its scholarship fees to expand Information Technology opportunities to all Nigerians. Aruma told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Monday that NIIT’s 18th National Scholarship Scheme for Nigerians who were interested in IT skills had begun. She said that the NIIT partial scholarship was an annual event and open to all interested persons in its Kaduna and Abuja centres. According to her, to enjoy the partial scholarship, candidates will write an examination scheduled for July 15. “The scheme is ... Read more

ICT Expert Says Organisations Must Have Internet Backup System To Check Failures

Perpetua Onuegbu/ Segun Agbolade Abuja  –  Mr Jeremiah Okoh, an ICT expert says every serious minded organisations, including the government using internet facility must as a matter of necessity have a backup system in the event of a failure. Okoh, who is a Manager in Procontec Communications, an ICT company, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja. He was speaking against the backdrop of the poor internet services being experienced by some federal ministries and parastatals in the past week. The Galaxy Backbone, a Federal Government Information and Communications Technology ... Read more

Telecom Regulation: Danbatta Bags Tell CEO Of The Year Award

Telecom Regulation: Danbatta Bags Tell CEO Of The Year Award

Porting Activities Reduce By 8,248 In April, Says NCC

Porting Activities Reduce By 8,248 In April, Says NCC

Orange Digital Targets African Start-ups With 50m Euros Investment

PARIS, (Sundiata Post) — Orange (www.Orange.com) is strengthening its corporate venture strategy by creating a new Africa section in its flagship programme for investment in start-ups, Orange Digital Ventures (http://DigitalVentures. orange.com). As part of this initiative, the Group is committing 50 million euros corresponding to half of the direct investments made via its new Orange Digital Ventures Africa programme; the other half is devoted to indirect investments through specialised funding for Africa. Orange Digital Ventures Africa is the Group’s investment vehicle for early-stage innovation projects in Africa in areas such as new connectivities, FinTech, the Internet of Things, energy and ... Read more

FEC Approves Nigeria ICT Roadmap 2017 To 2020 For Implementation

FEC Approves Nigeria ICT Roadmap 2017 To 2020 For Implementation

FG To Build $1bn ICT Company – Osinbajo

FG To Build $1bn ICT Company – Osinbajo

Africa Targets More Secure Internet Infrastructure With New Guidelines

By Nse Anthony-Uko (Sundiata Post) — The Internet Society (www.InternetSociety.org) and the African Union Commission  are set to unveil a new set of Internet Infrastructure Security Guidelines for Africa during the African Internet Summit, taking place in Nairobi, Kenya 30 May-2 June. The guidelines will help Africa create a more secure Internet infrastructure and are set to change the way African Union States approach cyber security preparedness. The guidelines – the first of their kind in Africa – were developed by a multi-stakeholder group of African and global internet infrastructure security experts, and are the first step towards building a ... Read more

NITDA Urges Nigeria To Upgrade Archaic Machines To Digital

By Ijeoma Ndubisi Abuja  –   The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) says the country needs to upgrade from archaic machines used 20 years ago as they cannot stand in the modern digital age. Dr Isa Ibrahim, the Director-General of the agency said this in a statement by the Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, the Mrs Hadiza Umar on Friday in Abuja. Ibrahim spoke during the donation of a Digital Capacity Building Centre (DCBC) to the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) headquarters in Abuja. He said that the country needed to upgrade machines to be at par with modern ... Read more