Telecoms and IT

Active telecom subscribers in Nigeria over 172m says NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says there were 172,871,094 active subscribers on the telecommunication networks in December 2018, as against 169,104,830 recorded in November 2018.

The telecommunications regulator disclosed this in its Monthly Subscriber/Operator Data made available on its website on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the active subscribers increased by 3,766,264.

Nigeria to access $100m Indian loan for broadband

The Federal Government has said it is working with the Indian Government to access $100 million concessional loan to develop Nigeria’s rural broadband connectivity.

The Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, said unveiled at the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Day held in Abuja yesterday.

Shittu said that the loan to be accessed would be part of India’s 10 billion-dollar concessional loans to African countries for the implementation of projects of their national priority.

EXCLUSIVE: How MTN ‘Paid’ its NCC Fine

Shrouded in secrecy, market watchers are trying to unravel the enigma surrounding the self-styled fine payment imposed on the Nigerian unit of Africa’s leading mobile telecommunications company, MTN Group, since October 2015.

MTN was handed down a record fee of N1.04 trillion fine (or $5.2 billion at the exchange rate at the time) by the Nigerian government through the telecom industry regulator –the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) –for failing to comply with directives on improper registration of Subscribers Identification Modules (SIM).

Nigeria aiming to resolve MTN dispute and soothe investor fears –Minister

Nigeria is confident of resolving a $10.1 billion dispute with telecoms firm MTN and sending a positive signal to foreign investors worried about the country’s demand for the money, its trade and investment minister told Reuters.

Nigeria’s central bank on Aug. 29 ordered the South African firm and its lenders to bring $8.1 billion back into Nigeria that it alleges the company sent abroad in breach of foreign exchange regulations. MTN also faces a $2 billion tax demand from the country’s attorney general.

MTN denies any wrongdoing.

Regulatory Agencies Canvass Proper Regulation for E-Commerce

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says there is the need for stakeholders in the e-Commerce space to adhere strictly to standards to grow the sector.

The organisation made the call with the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and others at a stakeholders’ forum with the theme: “The Role of Standards and Quality Regulation in Electronic Commerce’’, organised by SON in Lagos.

Telecom Operators seek Regulation of Over-the-top Services

Telecommunications operators in Nigeria on Wednesday called for licensing for and regulation of over-the-top services such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp Messenger to generate more money for the country.

Mr Gbenga Adebayo, the Chairman, Association of Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), told newsmen in Lagos that telecom regulators should no longer be neutral to technology regulation.

According to the ALTON chairman, it is technology that is now driving telecom market and not services, news agency Voice of Nigeria reports.

Nigeria to Promote Regulations on Tech Entrepreneurship

Nigerian Government will continue to promote regulations and policy framework on tech entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Minister of State Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, said this on Thursday in Abuja at the launch of the ecosystem research paper, noting that the research will provide policymakers with the tools to manage and leverage on digital disruption, news agency Voice of Nigeria reports.

Robot Uprising Versus Skill

Inside fDi: It's skills that will kill the robot uprising


The robots are coming! Populist politicians the world over are raging against various threats to blue-collar jobs, from globalisation to those darned robots. However, says Courtney Fingar, artificial intelligence will still be reliant on the real thing, and those areas that provide these skills will have the least to fear from our new robo-overlords.

NCC, CBN Sign Agreement on Payment System

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on payment system.

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta stated this at the signing of the MOU in Abuja, Nigeria.

Prof Danbatta said the MoU would improve mobile money service penetration and financial inclusion across the country.

Dubai to Launch Digital Vehicle Number Plates

Drivers in Dubai may soon be using digital number plates under new plans.

In a trial starting next month, vehicles will be fitted with smart plates with digital screens, GPS and transmitters.

The new plates will be able to inform emergency services if a driver has an accident, BBC reports.

Dubai has recently spearheaded a number of new transport initiatives as it seeks to become an international technology hub.

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