Telecoms and IT

A New Wind of Change for Broadband

A popular global frontier in public infrastructure is the provision of internet coverage across a community, state or country. Governments, around the world, are latching onto the understanding that providing easy access to the Internet for citizens, via the provision of broadband infrastructure, has the potential to open up new industries.

Twitter Files for Initial Public Offering

The founders of Twitter look set to vastly increase their already impressive wealth after they announced that the company is preparing to float on the stock market.

After years of speculation, the social networking site, which has more than 200 million users worldwide, will finally follow in the footsteps of the likes of Facebook by filing an Initial Public Offering (IPO).

QoS: Again, NCC Warns Telecoms Operators

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reiterated its warnings to telecoms operators in the country not to compromise their quality of service because of sales promotions.

Okechukwu Itanyi, NCC’s Executive Commissioner in charge of Stakeholders’ Management, repeated this caution at the weekend, during the 58th edition of the consumer outreach programme, organised by the commission, adding that consumers of telecoms services deserved value for their money and protection from abuses.

Smartphones Try Fashion Makeovers to Stand Out

Bright colours, funky textures and personalisation are coming to a smartphone near you as mobile phone makers turn to fashion to buoy sales in a crowded market, Reuters reported on Sunday.

Apple Incorporated and Google Incorporated’s Motorola are among those trying to score style points as game-changing technological innovation becomes harder to achieve in the maturing business.

Nokia Stock Surges 40% on Microsoft Takeover

Microsoft Corporation is buying Nokia Corp.’s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to mount a more formidable challenge to Apple Incorporated and Google Incorporated as more technological tasks get done on mobile devices instead of personal computers, The Associated Press reported recently.

The $7.2 billion deal announced late Monday marks a major step in Microsoft’s push to transform itself from a software maker into a more versatile and nimble company that delivers services on any kind of Internet-connected gadget.

Digital Marketing: Business Potential for Nigeria

The real-time era has a dramatic impact not only on how people interact and communicate, but on the way media organisations and individuals discover, share and consume information. Brands finally got the power of being real-time and this only became possible owing to the massive uptake of wireless technologies. More recently, there has been a rapid growth of social networks across the digital world as well as a major change in the brand perspectives in social media. Many business executives are realising the power of digital media and its value for business.

Opportunities in Telecoms: Operators Scavenging for More

Nigeria is one of the biggest and fastest growing telecommunications (telecoms) markets in Africa. It has overtaken South Africa to become the continent’s largest mobile market with over 100 million subscribers; however, market penetration is relatively moderate as it stands at 63% at the end of 2012.

FG Targets 80% Nigerians on Mobile Broadband Plan

The Minister of Communications and Technology, Omobola Johnson, has said that the federal government now target accessing 80% of the nation’s population on mobile broadband plan, while fixed broadband plan would access 20% of the population by 2017.

Mrs. Johnson made the disclosure in Abuja while inaugurating a 19-member council that would help drive the execution, implementation and delivery of the plan.

Private members of the council include Messrs. Jim Ovia and Ernest Ndukwe as co-Chairmen and Ms. Funke Opeke. Others are Mr. Titi Omoetu and Mr. Junaid Dikko.

Communications Masts: Lagos Govt Sets New Standards

Internet Service Providers (ISPs), financial Institutions and other Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are now to comply with a new set of standard for the installation of communications masts in Lagos State, the State government has announced.

While the telecommunications companies are the highest users of masts in the state, the new standard will not affect them because they have since been building and erecting masts to international standards, using the approved specifications and quality of steel materials.