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

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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