Telecoms and IT

‘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.

Nigerian Students Get U.S. Training on Robotics

About 200 Nigerian students are undergoing training on robotics in Abeokua.

The U.S. Consular-General, John Bray said this at the opening of the training on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was organised by the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, in collaboration with RoboRave International, a U.S based robotics academy.

According to Bray, the training is the first in Sub-Saharan Africa, as 60 robots will be donated free of charge to the participating schools.

Internet Users Increase to 92m in August –NCC

The internet users and data subscribers in Nigeria’s telecommunications networks marginally increased to 92 million in August.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) made this known in its Monthly Internet Subscribers Data made available on its website on Thursday.

According to the commission, the overall figure showed an increase of 739,975 subscribers in August over the July figure of over 91 million subscribers.

NCC, CBN Collaborate to Checkmate Mobile Banking Fraud

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said it was partnering with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to sensitise customers on mobile money banking fraudsters.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC made this known at the Consumer Conversation Forum held in Minna.

The forum was the fifth Consumer Conversation Forum organised by the commission within the North Central geopolitical zone.

World’s First Self-Flying Taxi Launched in Dubai

The world’s first self-flying taxi was launched at the Jumeirah Beach Park in Dubai, United Arab Emirates today.

The Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) of Dubai was the brainchild of Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA).

According to Dubai Media Office, the two-seater AAT, capable of transporting people without human intervention or a pilot, has been supplied by Volocopter, a Germany-based specialist manufacturer of automated air vehicles.

Telecom Contributes ₦1.54tr to GDP

The telecommunications sector contributed N1.54 trillion to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2017.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said that the figure was derived from recently released Bureau of Statistics’ report on the economy.

Danbatta unveiled the figure disclosed when he received the visiting Chairperson of Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), Madam Angelique Weeks, on Friday in Abuja.

Pilotless Planes Could Save Airlines Billions. But Would Anyone Fly?

Taking pilots out of the cockpit could save airlines billions. But would anyone buy a ticket?

The aviation industry could save $35 billion a year by moving to pilotless planes, according to a new report from UBS. Just one problem: The same report warns that only 17% of travellers are willing to fly without a pilot.

UBS said that the technology required to operate remote-controlled planes could appear by 2025. Further advances beyond 2030 might result in automated business jets and helicopters, and finally commercial aircraft without pilots.