Twitter Ban In Nigeria To End ‘Very Soon’, Information Minister Says

Twitter Ban In Nigeria To End 'Very Soon', Information Minister Says

Nigeria said on Wednesday it expects to end its ban on Twitter in a “few more days”, raising hopes among users eager to return to the social media platform three months after the suspension took effect. The ban, announced in June, has hurt Nigerian businesses and drawn widespread condemnation for its damaging effect on freedom of expression and the ease of doing business in Africa’s most populous nation. But Information Minister Lai Mohammed told a post-cabinet media briefing the government was aware of the anxiety the ban had created among…

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MTN Nigeria Pays N72 Billion To Renew Licences For 10 Years

MTN Nigeria Pays N72 Billion To Renew Licences For 10 Years

MTN Nigeria, the largest telecommunication company in the country, has renewed its operating spectrum and services licenses for another 10 years starting from September 1, the telecom giant said in a statement on Wednesday. After paying about N72 billion, the company announced that the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has granted formally notified the successful renewal of its Unified Access Service license and spectrum license for wireless local loop in the 900MHz and 1800MH bands. The telecom company hints that the license is subjected to an undisclosed amount under discussion with the…

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Fed Govt Approves Deployment Of 5G Network

The Federal Government has approved the immediate deployment of a 5G network across the country. This followed a presentation by the Minister of Communications

The Federal Government has approved the immediate deployment of a 5G network across the country. This followed a presentation by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, during a Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday. A statement issued by the Minister’s Technical Assistant on Information Technology, Dr. Femi Adeluyi, revealed that the implementation of the national policy is with immediate effect. The statement said the national policy had been developed over a period of two years, due to the need for extensive stakeholder engagement and the need to…

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NCC Denies Plans To Shutdown Telecom Services In Katsina

NCC Denies Plans To Shutdown Telecom Services In Katsina

The National Communications Commission (NCC) has refuted a social media story claiming that the commission had ordered telecom service providers to shut down their services in Katsina state. Alhaji Abdu Labaran, the Director-General (DG) media to Gov. Aminu Masari disclosed this in a statement issued to newsmen on Monday, in Katsina. The DG added that the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who spoke to the state government, dismissed the story as false. “He added that the purported letter trending on social media was a cloned version…

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NCC Proposes N200K Fine For Telcos Failing To Verify NIN

NCC Proposes N200K Fine For Telcos Failing To Verify NIN

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has proposed a fine of N200,000 for mobile communications services providers that fail to verify and validate biometric, National Identity Numbers and other personal information of each subscriber to their services. This was contained in a proposed draft regulation on registration of telephone subscribers 2020 recently published on NCC’s website. The draft document read, “A licensee who fails to verify and validate biometric, NIN and other personal information before activation is liable to a penalty of N200, 000 for each subscription medium in breach of…

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Nigeria’s Autochek Acquires Cheki Kenya And Uganda From ROAM Africa

Nigeria's Autochek Acquires Cheki Kenya And Uganda From ROAM Africa

Nigerian automotive tech company Autochek today is announcing the acquisition of Cheki Kenya and Uganda from Ringier One Africa Media (ROAM) for an undisclosed amount. Per a statement, Autochek will finalize the deal in the coming weeks. With the acquisition, Autochek completes its expansion into East Africa and follows the first acquisition made almost a year ago when it acquired both Nigeria and Ghana businesses from Cheki. In 2010, Cheki launched as an online car classified for dealers, importers, and private sellers in Kenya. The startup, headquartered in Nairobi, expanded operations to Nigeria, Ghana,…

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Rainmaker’ And ‘Ghost’, Airtel Is Relentless In Delivering A Network That Works

Rainmaker’ And ‘Ghost’, Airtel Is Relentless In Delivering A Network That Works

Throughout the annals of advertising and marketing, one thing that has evidently become imperative in making a mark or leaving a lasting impact is storytelling. Storytelling has become a fundamental human experience that not only evokes strong emotions but also unites people and drives deeper connections. Today, the media is replete with commercials from renowned brands, and while for the most part, many keep the audience momentarily entertained, only a handful truly leave an indelible impact. In Nigeria, brands have leveraged everyday experiences to elicit desired responses from target audiences,…

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MTN Spends N8.4 Billion On Free Call Airtime, Data For Customers; Gifts Businessman Car

MTN Nigeria Clarifies Tax Debt To Fed Govt

As a “token” of appreciation to Nigerians for their loyalty throughout the past 20 years, Nigeria’s leading telecommunications company, MTN asides giving its subscribers free call airtime and mobile data worth over ₦8.4 billion. The gifts were to commemorate its anniversary even as the telecommunications giant promised to give out 20 brand new SUVs worth over 13 million naira each to 20 customers who joined the network each year on the company’s anniversary since inception. The telecoms and ICT companies stayed true to their word. On Sunday, 22nd of August 2021, during an exclusive…

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NCC Ready To Implement Govt’s Decision On 5G Deployment – Danbatta

NCC ready to implement Govt’s decision on 5G deployment – Danbatta

Following the statement by Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim​​ Pantami, minister of Communications and Digital Economy, revealing the Federal Government’s position on the deployment of 5G networks in Nigeria, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the executive vice-chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has said that the Commission is ready for the implementation of the government’s decision. The EVC also lauded the thriving healthy competition in the telecommunications industry, which he said has driven down the prices of data in the country. Fielding questions from Mr. Bitrus Bako Nabasu, the newly posted…

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NCC Seeks Stakeholders’ Input On Three New Telecom Regulations

NCC Seeks Stakeholders’ Input On Three New Telecom Regulations

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has called for stakeholders’ input on three new regulations in the telecommunications industry. The regulatory exercise is in line with the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 which further empowers the regulator to hold a stakeholders input on new regulations in the industry. To this end, NCC has published the following draft regulatory instruments on its website for stakeholders’ comments: Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations; SIM Replacement Guidelines; Spectrum Trading Guidelines In a statement, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, the director of Public Affairs at NCC, said the public inquiry from stakeholders…

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