Telecoms and IT

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.

NCC Closes Nokia-Alacatel's Offices for Lack of Licence

Nigeria's telecoms regulator has shut the offices of Nokia-Alcatel for operating in Africa's largest economy without the necessary permit, the watchdog said on Friday, Reuters reports.

The Nigerian Communications Commission's (NCC) spokesman Tony Ojobo said that the mobile telecoms equipment manufacturer had failed to obtain the 2 million naira ($6,349) licence required for the sale and installation of network equipment.

CPC Clamours for Entrenchment of Guarantee, Warranty Policy

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) on Monday berated businesses operating in the country for their failure to live up to implied or specified guarantee and warranty for the products and services they offer. The Council also observed that the success of the drive of the country to diversify its economy will hinge on the quality of products and the entrenchment of guarantee and warranty in the country’s business culture.

Apple Denies iPhone Price-fixing

Apple has rejected accusations from Russia's state competition watchdog that it fixed iPhone prices, BBC reports.

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) said it was investigating "signs of price-setting coordination" among iPhone resellers following a complaint from a member of the public.

Apple told Reuters it did not control its products' pricing.

"Resellers set their own prices for the Apple products they sell in Russia and around the world," it said.

U.S. Trains Nigerian Officials on Implementation of Cybercrime Law

The U.S. on Monday in Abuja commenced the training of 100 Nigerian public officials on the implementation of Nigeria’s cybercrime law.

In the first week, U.S. government officials will train over 50 Nigerian investigators and prosecutors to strengthen cybercrime first responder and digital evidence skills.

The training will also review international cooperation, cyber security strategies and civil liberty issues.