Telecoms and IT

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.

Apple sells MekaMons, robots built by Adekunle Nigerian-British

Apple Stores in the United States and United Kingdom have begun the sale of gaming robots, MekaMons, built by a Nigerian-British, Silas Adekunle.

Adekunle’s company, Reach Robotics struck the deal with Apple recently.

The product with a price tag of $299.95 went on sale from 16 November in the shops and online. The robots can be operated with an iPhone and other smartphones.

Reach Robotics, an augmented reality gaming company creates robots for both fun and STEM education.

Digital Map Saves Nigeria ₦200b Annually –Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says that reduced travel time through the use of digital map saves Nigerians nearly N200 billion a year.

Mohammed said this at the inauguration of the Economic Value of Geospatial Services by Google on Friday in Abuja.

The minister said that digital maps, popularly called Google map for location of street addresses, had also reduced travel time in the country by average of eight per cent.

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