Issue #25   •   Quarter 3/4 Edition   •   December 2018

 

News

The Federal Government has said it will strive to grow the country’s Broadband penetration to 70 per cent by 2021 with a $100 million loan from the Government of India. Although Nigeria’s Broadband penetration level is currently 31.5 per cent, mostly in urban areas, the Government said the $100m loan facility would increase penetration to the rural areas. The Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, and the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, said this in Abuja at a conference with the theme: “Post Nigeria National Broadband Plan 2013 to 2018” organized by the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON).

DAILY TRUST PG. 30 (MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019)

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that there were 172,871,094 active subscribers on the telecommunications networks in December 2018, against 169,104,830 recorded in November 2018. The telecommunications regulator disclosed this in its monthly Subscriber/Operator Data made available on its website last week. According to the data, 172,485,895 of the 172,871,094 active numbers subscribe to the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network services.

NGERIAN TRIBUNE PG. 26 (TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2019)

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has introduced the telecom industry’s harmonised short codes that will simplify usage and access to telecom services by consumers. Head of fixed Network at NCC, Tony Ikemefuna, who made the disclosure at the second Stakeholders’ forum on Value Added Services, organised by NCC in Lagos recently, said the harmonisation was also meant to sanitise the short code systems in the industry which before now were many with specific functions that often confused telecom subscribers in accessing telecom services.

LEADERSHIP PG. 41 (THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2019)

The Mobile portability activities carried out by telecommunications operators in the country have declined by 53 percent in the past two years. The Industry recorded a total of 14,491 incoming and outgoing porting activities in November this year, compared to 31,077 in November 2016, data obtained from the Nigerian Communications Commission have shown.

DAILY TRUST PG. 26 (MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2018)

The United Nations (UN) has hinged economic developments on increased Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills, especially among developing countries. Speaking through its specialised agency for ICT, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN noted that skills are fundamental for participation in today’s information society, and correlate positively with social well-being and economic productivity.

THE GUARDIAN PG. 33 (WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2019)

The International Telecommunications Union, ITU has faulted the use of passwords in building digital financial services, describing it as a faulty foundation. It strongly recommend that digital financial services should be built on authentications far less risky and highly sophisticated than the easily manipulable password authentication. In its standardization work on Identity management architecture and mechanisms released recently, ITU said over three billion usernames and passwords were stolen in 2016, and the number of data breaches in 2017 rose to 44.7 percent, higher than that recorded in 2016.

VANGUARD PG. 23 AND 25

With all the enviable statistics Nigeria can boast of, in telecommunications development, cost of doing business, particularly in the rural areas, is still very high. Apart from the inadequate power supply which sees almost every business generating all the energy it requires to operate smoothly, the issue of unavailability of ubiquitous broadband and high cost of data bogs down the speed of doing business, just as it jerks up the cost. However, several measures have been applied to ease the problem and have broadband deployed in the rural areas from the quantum capacity available from submarine broadband cables landed on the shores of Lagos by private companies, including MainOne, Glo1, West African Cable System, WASCS, and Even Sats3. Such measures included instituting a national broadband plan, which projected certain levels of broadband penetration within given time frames; a national Economic Council which stipulated and pegged costs for Right of Way, Row access, for operators willing to deploy services in rural areas.

VANGUARD PG. 24 & 25

Huawei Technologies is expected to record a 21 per cent rise in revenue for 2019 to $109 billion, its rotating chairman has said. This will mark the Chinese tech giant’s fastest pace of business growth in two years despite heightened global scrutiny of its activities. In his new year’s address to employees, Guo Ping also said Huawei has secured 26 contracts in 5G and expects its smartphone shipments for 2019 to surpass 200 million units.

DAILY INDEPENDENT PG. 25, DAILY SUN PG. 34 (WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2019)

Ericsson and Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) have announced that Ericsson’s Core Network as a Service solution is now live, supporting connectivity services across multiple markets served by Panasonic. Ericsson’s Core Network as a Service solution will help Panasonic and its subsidiary AeroMobile, a global GSMA telecoms operator, provide data, voice and messaging services to the millions of airline passengers that use these services in-flight. The collaboration between Ericsson, Panasonic and AeroMobile started in 2016. It is now fully operational and delivers services to Panasonic customers worldwide.

DAILY INDEPENDENT PG. 29 (THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2019)