Telecoms and IT

Nigeria to Launch Government Information App

Nigeria will launch Federal Government Information App (FGIAPP) on Dec. 15, as part of efforts to enhance the dissemination of government activities.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, unveiled the planned launch said on Friday at a meeting with Resident Information Officers (RIOs) from Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

He said with the Information App, the government would leverage on the New Media to communicate government’s policies and programmes to the people all over the world.

Samsung Electronics to Consider Proposed Split

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will consider splitting itself into two as proposed by U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Management.

The South Korean company has been struggling to maintain its share value following the failure of its Note 7 brand of smart phones.

The split would allow the heirs of the company to strengthen their grip on the global smartphone leader, the crown jewel of the Samsung Group business empire.

Board of Directors of Samsung are to meet on Tuesday to consider the proposal by Elliott.

NCC to Expand Telecoms Services

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says provisions have been made in its 2017 budget to extend telecommunications services to additional 40 million people across the country.

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Umar Dambatta, made this known in Lagos during a sensitisation workshop organised by NCC for law enforcement agencies on telecommunications issues.

Dambatta, represented by the Director of Public Affairs, NCC, Tony Ojobo, said that the commission had conducted a survey, which identified about 200 communities nationwide with access gap.

Nigeria Ready for Greater Feats in Information Technology –VP

Speech delivered by the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, at the E-Nigeria Summit, Organized by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) with the theme "Leveraging I.T. Innovation for Economic Diversification" held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja 22nd November 2016.


Alibaba Breaks Record

E-commerce giant Alibaba has beaten its sales record for its annual Singles Day event, BBC reports.

The company said sales this year had reached 121bn yuan ($18bn; £14bn), a rise of 32% on last year’s sales which were worth $14.3bn.

But some have questioned the accuracy of the numbers, amid claims of inflated sales data at Chinese online retailers.

Merchants passing off counterfeit goods as genuine is also a problem in the industry.

Alibaba reported 82% of purchases had been made on mobile phones during Singles Day.

Copyright Commission Restates Commitment to Reform Regime

The Director-General, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) Afam Ezekude has restated his commitment to strengthening the policy and Legislative framework of Copyright in Nigeria.

He noted that the cardinal policy of the Commission under his charge is to support copyright industries by making necessary regulatory interventions and introducing schemes to reinforce rights management initiatives of authors, copyright owners and other stakeholders across the board.

Samsung Complies with CPC’s Ultimatum, Announces Voluntary Exchange Package

Samsung Electronics West Africa Limited has complied with the ultimatum given to it by the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), requiring it to give a status report on the global recall of Galaxy Note 7 in Nigeria, following reports of explosion of dozens of the device while charging.

The company, which disclosed that the device was yet to be launched in Nigeria, also announced its readiness to provide voluntary exchange to consumers, who may have purchased it elsewhere in the world and brought it into Nigeria.

NCC Approves Transfer of Visafone Shares to MTN following Takeover

Nigeria's telecommunications regulator NCC said on Tuesday it has approved a request by internet provider Visafone to transfer its shares to MTN following its takeover by the South African firm.

MTN bought Visafone in January to improve its broadband services in its biggest market Nigeria.

"The NCC, in line with its procedure granted a Final-Approval to Visafone for the change in its shareholding structure," the regulator said in a statement.

Visafone had also applied to transfer its licence to MTN but this had not yet been approved, NCC said.

Galaxy Note 7: Nigerian Aviation Agency Bans Samsung Phone in Aircraft

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has banned the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices on board aircraft following recent incidents and concerns raised by its manufacturers.

The aviation regulatory body gave the directive in a statement signed by its General Manager, Public Relations, Mr Sam Adurogboye, which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday.

It warned that the phones must not be turned on or charged in the aircraft by the passengers for safety reasons.