Telecoms and IT

NITDA Alerts Nigerians on European Union Data Protection Regulation

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has brought to the attention of Nigerian businesses, the implications of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

This alert is especially meant for those that collect, store and process personal data of European Union (EU) citizens for the provision of goods and services, and the general public.

The regulation which was adopted on 27 April 2016 and becomes enforceable from 25 May 2018 is replacing the data protection directive of 1995.

Data: BRISIN Project to Create Millions of Jobs for Nigerians

The National Coordinator, Basic Registry and Information System in Nigeria (BRISIN), Dr. Anthony Uwa, says the project will create no fewer than 10 million jobs if implemented by the present administration.

Uwa, also Managing Director of Dermo Impex Limited, said in Abuja that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would make history with the project.

He said that criticisms of the administration would turn to praises because it would build a lasting foundation for the country to thrive if the project is implemented.

NCC Emergency Communication Centres Open Soon

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says the Emergency Communication Centres across the 36 states of the federation will soon be completed.

The Director, Technical Standards, NCC, Dr Fidelis Onah made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the 90th Consumer Outreach Programme of NCC in Aba.

The centres were intended to bridge the communication gap between different emergency response agencies in the country.

Censors Board Seizes Pirated films worth ₦200m

The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) said it seized uncensored, unclassified and pirated films worth about N200 million and arrested 12 suspected pirates between March and December, 2017.

Mr Adedayo Thomas, the Executive Director of the board, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Wednesday.

Thomas said that pirated items were confiscated at Alaba International Market, Lagos, Kubwa, Banex Plaza and Wuse Market in Abuja, as well as Benin City in Edo and Kaduna.

iPhones Addiction Profitable –Apple

Apple Inc investors on Tuesday shrugged off concerns raised by two shareholders about kids getting hooked on iPhones, saying that for now a little addiction might not be a bad thing for profits.

Hedge fund JANA Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) pension fund said on Saturday that iPhone overuse could be hurting children’s developing brains.

Nigeria Agrees $550m Satellite Deal with China

Nigeria has agreed a $550-million deal to buy two Chinese communications satellites and hopes to sign the contract before the end of the month, the communication minister said on Wednesday.

Adebayo Shittu said China Exim Bank and the manufacturer, China Great Wall, have agreed to pay for the new satellites after Nigeria renegotiated an earlier deal that had required it to cover 15 percent of the cost.

NCC Plans Unused Data Rollover to 14 Days

Following complaints, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is to extend the grace period of unused data roll over to 14 days.

But the National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) has said the 14 days was not enough.

Instead the association has called for an extension of unused data roll over to 30 days.

The President of NATCOMS, Chief Deolu Ogunbanjo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos.

Communications Commission Clamps down on 3 Telecom Coys

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said on Wednesday that it has clamped down on three companies for operating illegally in the country’s telecommunications market.

Mr Chukwuemeka Obi, the Principal Manager, NCC’s Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Department, made this known to newsmen after two days enforcement in Lagos.

Obi said that the action followed the reports of its surveillance team.

‘Africa is World Fastest Growing Mobile Phone Market’

The African continent has been described as the fastest growing mobile phone market in the world, and that seven of the ten fastest growing internet populations in the world are in Africa.

This was one of the submissions of Mr Idris Ayodeji Bello, who was the Guest Lecturer at the 4th Biennial Lecture of the Africa Regional Centre for Information Science (ARCIS), University of Ibadan (UI), with the theme, Africa’s Footprints in the Digital Age, which took place at the Trenchard Hall of the institution last week.

Facebook to Open Nigerian Hub Next Year in African Tech Drive

Facebook will open a “community hub space” in Nigeria next year to encourage software developers and technology entrepreneurs and become the latest technology giant to pursue a training programme in fast-growing Africa.

The U.S. social media company said the centre would host an “incubator programme” to help develop technology start-ups, while it will also train 50,000 Nigerians in digital skills, Reuters reports.