Telecoms and IT

Nigeria establishes National Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Robotics

Nigeria has commissioned the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, who officially performed the commissioning said that the centre is expected to help Nigeria take advantage of emerging technologies, artificial intelligence and data collection as all these are what will drive a digital economy, news agency Voice of Nigeria reports.

Nigeria’s Broadband penetration hits 45.43%

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami says Nigeria’s broadband penetration has increased to 45.43% by the end of October 2020.

He said that this was a result of  an increase of four million sixty one tousand seven hundred and thirty-one, 4,061,731)broadband subscriptions between September and October 2020 which will, in turn, facilitate economic growth in the country.

Digital age offers greater revenue-earning potential

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Danbatta, has emphasised that the digital age promises greater revenue-earning potential to Nigeria

He also identified economic diversification and ethical leadership at all levels of government as panacea to the current economic headwinds in Nigeria.

Mobile transactions in Nigeria rise 384% in seven months –NIBSS

The value of financial transactions carried out via mobile transactions amounted to N1.4 trillion from January to July 2020 as more Nigerians had to use the medium due to the limitations brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The figure indicated a 384 per cent rise compared to N289 billion recorded in the same period of 2019.

 

Communications Commission urges operators to boost network capacity

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta has charged service providers to constantly upgrade and expand their network capacity in order to deliver top-notch quality of service to their consumers.

Danbatta made the call while speaking at the first edition of the Virtual Telecom Consumer Parliament (V-TCP) hosted by the Commission in Abuja with the theme: “Impact of Covid-19 on Telecoms Service Delivery.”

Digital infrastructure will eliminate poverty through skill development –NCC

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor. Umar Garba Danbatta, has said that the various projects being executed by the Commission and other agencies under the Federal Ministry will eliminate poverty through skill development in Nigeria.

Professor Danbatta stated this during the 4th phase of the virtual commissioning of additional 12 digital economy projects implemented by agencies under the Ministry by the Minister, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, which also coincided with the Minister’s one year anniversary in office.

USSD: Banks owe Telcos ₦17b –NCC

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has said that commercial banks in the country are owing telecommunications companies over N17 billion following the regulator’s suspension of its Determination on Unstructured Supplementary Service Data USSD pricing last year.

The NCC, in furtherance of its mandate to protect the interests of consumers and support a robust telecommunications sector, recently announced that it had revised the Determination on the USSD.

SEC, NITDA to collaborate on data protection

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has restated its preparedness to collaborate with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to foster safe conducts and usage of personal data in the Nigerian capital market.

The Director-General of the Commission, Mr Lamido Yuguda, disclosed this during a webinar meeting on Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), according to a statement issued on Sunday by the SEC’s Head, Corporate Communication, Mrs Efe Ebelo.

Expert urges SMEs to embrace digital marketing

A digital marketing consultant, Efe Igbinovia, has called on operators of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to embrace digital marketing to get more patronage, following effects of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Igbinovia gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin on Wednesday.

He said that the owners of SMEs should increase their social media presence given the fact that there was a surge in social media during this period of COVID-19 lockdown.

How hackers extorted $1.14m from University of California, San Francisco

A leading medical-research institution working on a cure for Covid-19 has admitted it paid hackers a $1.14m (£910,000) ransom after a covert negotiation witnessed by BBC News.

The Netwalker criminal gang attacked University of California San Francisco (UCSF) on 1 June.

IT staff unplugged computers in a race to stop the malware spreading.

And an anonymous tip-off enabled BBC News to follow the ransom negotiations in a live chat on the dark web.

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