Reps Probe Installation Of 5G Network In Nigeria

The Senate has mandated its standing Committee on Communication, Public Health, Science and Technology, ICT, and Cybercrime to carry out a holistic investigation into the installation of a 5G network in Nigeria. The Senate’s resolution was the sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator Lilian Ekwunife, who called the attention of the Senate to the growing concern on the installation of a 5G network in the country. The Senate also ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission to put on hold the installation of the 5G network. In her lead debate, Ekwenife…

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COVID-19: FG Grants Two Months Licence Fee Waiver To Broadcast Stations

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has announced the granting of a two-month license fee waiver for terrestrial broadcast stations in the country by the National Broadcasting Commission. This comes as part of efforts to ease the negative effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the broadcast industry The Minister, who stated this at a meeting with the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday, also announced the setting up of a committee of Creative Industry stakeholders to look into and advise the Federal Government on the…

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NCC Explains Telecoms Operators Not Laying 5G Cables In Lagos, Others…

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telecoms industry regulator, has said the ongoing laying of fibre optic cables and the deployment of other telecoms equipment by mobile network operators (MNOs) across Lagos and other states in Nigeria is entirely to expand their networks infrastructure across the country in order to provide more efficient services to the consumers. The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, who made the clarification in a statement issued and signed by the Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Dr. Henry Nkemadu, said the clarification…

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Glo Launches Stay Home Data Plan, Offers Up To 20% More Data

In order to facilitate work from home, sustain business activities and create more excitement for Nigerians while the government’s stay at home order in almost every part of the country subsists, Globacom has empowered its data customers with more data as they renew their plans. In the new offer, aptly tagged: “Stay Home Data Plan,” the network is offering up to 20 percent more data for its subscribers irrespective of the data plan they purchase. A statement released by the company said the customer will automatically enjoy up to 20…

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WhatsApp Places New Limits On Message Forwarding To Curb The Spread Of Coronavirus

WhatsApp has placed new limits on message forwarding as part of an effort to curb the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. The new policy limits users to forwarding certain messages to one “chat” at a time, aiming to limit the rapid propagation of content which is provocative but likely to be false. The Facebook-owned messaging platform said it took the action to enable people to concentrate on personal and private communications during the health crisis. In recent weeks, “we’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which…

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MTN Nigeria Squeezes Cost To Build Profit

MTN Nigeria Communications Plc ran its operations on the cost-saving fast track for the second year in 2019, as management worked frantically to recover from the plunge into N80 billion loss in 2015. Management’s recovery and profit rebuilding endeavour gained further momentum in 2019, as profit rose more than three times ahead of turnover. The strategy of squeezing cost to build profit worked for the company in 2018 when it lifted after-tax profit by 80 percent to N145.7 billion with just 17 percent improvement in revenue. The same strategy again…

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Reps Threaten to arrest MTN, Glo, 13 Other Telcom CEO’s

The House of Representatives has threatened to arrest Chief Executive Officers of MTN, GLO, Aitel and other 12 telecom companies operating in Nigeria over failure to honour invitation on an investigative hearing by the house committee on finance. This followed a motion brought to the floor of the house by Rep. James Falake, Chairman house committee on finance. According to him, the house has observed a huge revenue leakages of over $30Billion attributable to Corporations who systematically evade the remittance of the appropriate taxes, despite public declarations of exorbitant revenues…

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Africa Must ‘Wake Up’ And ‘Prepare For Worst’ Over Virus – WHO

The head of the World Health Organization said that while Africa so far had seen few cases of COVID-19, the continent should “prepare for the worst”. “Africa should wake up,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists in a virtual news conference. Tedros said that to date, 233 cases of the new coronavirus had been registered in sub-Saharan Africa and four people had died, making it the least-affected region in a global pandemic that has infected more than 200,000 people and killed more than 8,000. But he warned that the official numbers…

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Senate Committee Expresses Satisfaction With NCC’s Regulatory Performance

The Senate Committee on Communications says it was impressed by the various regulatory interventions which the Nigerian Communications Commission has taken to ensure improved service delivery and bridging access gaps in the country. Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Chairman of the Committee, who led other members of the Committee to NCC’s Head Office in Abuja on a familiarisation and fact-finding visit on Tuesday, said given the mammoth of challenges facing the industry and the achievements of the Commission so far, its regulatory interventions and performance deserves to be appreciated and commended. The…

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NCC Deactivates 2.2m Improperly-Registered SIM Cards

All improperly-registered Subscriber Identification Module cards have been deactivated, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has said. The commission in a statement on Sunday said that efforts in this regard were in line with the mandate of the government to ensure the security of lives and property of all Nigerians. Danbatta said over the years, the NCC had designed various policy initiatives aimed at getting rid of improperly or invalidly-registered SIM cards and ensuring that all over 184 million registered SIM cards/mobile lines…

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