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The ITU’s advice to Nigeria regarding broadband

January 9, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on The ITU’s advice to Nigeria regarding broadband

Efforts to deliver high speed internet services in Nigeria will continue to be hampered unless vandalism and unreliable power supply is addressed. This is one of the recommendations, in addition to the need for the country to supply more information, to emerge in a case study initiated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). While Nigeria has...

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Broadband to increase Nigeria GDP by 3%

January 9, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Broadband to increase Nigeria GDP by 3%

Nigeria’s Minister of Communications Technology Omobola Johnson revealed that if Nigeria achieves its targets of a five-fold increase in broadband penetration by 2017, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) could increase the nation’s Gross...

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria’s new identity system unveiled

January 7, 2014 • Security, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria’s new identity system unveiled

  From Nigeria, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has affirmed that the eleven digit National Identification Number (NIN) will serve to authenticate the identity of registrants. Media reports state that once legal residents register,...

Nigeria’s Arik Air launches mobile, tablet app

January 2, 2014 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria’s Arik Air launches mobile, tablet app

Leading Nigerian airline Arik Air has launched a mobile and tablet booking app. The new app once installed will allow passengers book and pay for tickets. A statement released by the airline’s spokesperson, Ola Adebanji, said the app would present...

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Google searches reveal which phones fascinated Nigeria in 2013

December 31, 2013 • Gadgets and Gaming, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Google searches reveal which phones fascinated Nigeria in 2013

NIGERIANS could not get enough of the iPhone 5, the BlackBerry Z10 and the Tecno N3 according to their online habits. These devices filled the top three Google searches for Phones and Gadgets this year. According to Google Chelsea, ASUU Strike and Toyota...

Juliana Rotich

Africa’s top newsmakers of 2013

December 18, 2013 • Lists, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Africa’s top newsmakers of 2013

2013 was a busy and challenging year for operators within Africa’s growing telecommunications sector. News of landmark deals, increased competition, rivalry, regulation and rollout of innovation has dominated coverage. In this list, ITNewsAfrica’s...

Nigeria: telecommunication operators warned to buckle up in new year

December 17, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: telecommunication operators warned to buckle up in new year

The Minister of Communications Technology, Omobola Johnson, has issued a fresh warning to telecommunications service providers and operators to meet Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) or face new penalties. Local media have reported on a partnership entered...

Nigeria: operators underutilise spectrum at their own peril

December 13, 2013 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: operators underutilise spectrum at their own peril

From Lagos, The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reportedly warned that licensed operators who underutilise their capacity – or fail to put their license to full use – could lose their licenses. Local media have published details of an...

Vodacom Business Nigeria means business on software

December 12, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Vodacom Business Nigeria means business on software

Vodacom Business Nigeria has introduced a SaaS solution designed to assist businesses to lower costs associated with running and maintaining software. The hosted information management solution is designed to empower business users, in operations of all...

Nigeria: Minister Johnson laments lack of local content

December 10, 2013 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Minister Johnson laments lack of local content

Nigeria’s Minister of Communications Technology Omobola Johnson has expressed concern over what she describes as an imbalance in terms of the application of local content in the development of ICT. At the 2013 eNigeria conference, hosted by the National...

MTN launches movie subscription service

December 9, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on MTN launches movie subscription service

Mobile operator MTN has partnered with Do Media in Nigeria to allow users access to MTN DoBox, a subscription service that provides access to the latest and most exclusive movies on their mobile phones. “The initiative is borne out of the desire to...

Modex to launch an app store for Blockchain

Nigeria: new rules for UK visa applicants

December 6, 2013 • Online & Social, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: new rules for UK visa applicants

From Lagos, media reports have focused on an announcement by the United Kingdom (UK) of a new online platform for people applying for Visas for travel. News Agencies have reported that the new system will be effective from 16 December and will require that...

Poor QoS costing Nigeria’s mobile subscribers billions

December 4, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on Poor QoS costing Nigeria’s mobile subscribers billions

From Lagos, media reports stemming from a one-day Forum, organised by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), say that telecommunications subscribers in the country lose in the region of N730 billion (approximately $4,6...

Tanzania: why Internet users in Arusha are smiling

December 4, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Tanzania: why Internet users in Arusha are smiling

This week, Smile Communications Tanzania (Smile) launches its Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) services in Arusha, bringing the high speed internet revolution to businesses, organizations and residents in and around Arusha city.   LTE (Long...

Meet Microsoft’s first female country manager in Africa

December 2, 2013 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Meet Microsoft’s first female country manager in Africa

Microsoft has announced the appointment of Otema Yirenkyi as the company’s first country manager for Ghana. As the company shifts its global focus to a devices and services offering, Ghana remains one of Microsoft’s critical investment markets in Africa....

MTN Nigeria, LG offer broadband on the box

November 27, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Nigeria, LG offer broadband on the box

From Lagos, local media have reported that MTN Nigeria, via its business-to-business division MTN Business, has partnered with LG Electronics to offer consumers bundled 4G broadband internet service with LG smart TVs. The deal means that consumers who...