Telecoms and IT

NCC to Embark on Nationwide Raid of MP3 Dealers

The Director- General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission(NCC), Afam Ezekude, says the commission will soon embark on a nationwide raid of MP3 dealers and outlets across Nigeria.

Ezekude who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday, said; ``we are set to clamp down heavily on pirates who deal in MP3 across the country’’.

``It is a relatively new form of piracy, and it will no longer be business as usually for people who download and sell other people’s music using the MP3.

MTN Agrees to Reduced ₦330b Nigeria Fine

MTN Group has agreed to pay a reduced fine of 330 billion naira ($1.67 billion) in a settlement with the Nigerian government, it said on Friday, sending shares in the South African telecoms provider soaring.

According to Reuters report, the fine will be paid over three years and is smaller than the $5.2 billion sought by Nigeria last October for failing to deactivate more than five million unregistered SIM cards on its network.

Communications Sector Roadmap, E-Government Master Plan Ready for Implementation –Minister

Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, says the Communications sector roadmap and the e-government master plan are ready for implementation.

Adebayo made this known when he paid a visit to the headquarters of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) late Monday in Abuja.

The minister, who was represented by Mr Sunny Echono, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry said that the ministry was poised to commence the implementation of the documents.

Nigeria Targets 2 New Satellites to Enhance Connectivity, Business

The Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, on Tuesday said Nigeria would launch two additional satellites to space to improve local communication capacity.

Shittu said businesses in Nigeria were sceptical of linking the only satellite Nigeria has presently for fear of any crash.

The minister said at a town hall meeting in Kaduna on the one year anniversary of President Muhammadu Buhari's administration, that adequate legislation would be made to protect investment and patronage.

Technology: Director Seeks Improved Funding of Research Works

A Director in the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Adeleye Talabi, has advocated improved financing of scientific research works for advancement of indigenous technology.

Talabi, who is the Director, Department of Technology Acquisition and Assessment, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.

``We need a lot of technological inputs; technological input means we should develop the technology by ourselves.

NCC Seizes Pirated Items Worth ₦40m in 3 months –DG

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), says it arrested 35 suspected pirates and seized pirated items worth N40 million within three months.

The Director General of the commission, Mr Afam Ezekude, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday.

Ezekude was speaking on the commission’s enforcement operations during the first quarter of the year.

'Cyber Criminals are Threat to Nigerian Economy'

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, on Monday, said that the activities of hackers and cyber criminals were a threat to the economy and security of Nigerians and vital infrastructure connected to the Internet.

Monguno stated this at the inauguration of a 31-member Cybercrime Advisory Council (CAC) in Abuja.

He said ``the activities of criminals in our cyberspace are threatening our individual and collective privacy.''

Poor Telecom Services: CPC Demands Compensation Scheme for Consumers

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has described consumer violations in the nation’s telecom sector as intolerable, requesting the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to come up with a special compensation scheme to take care of poor quality of service being experienced by the Nigerian telecom consumers.

The Council’s Director General, Mrs. Dupe Atoki made the assertions recently when she paid a courtesy call on the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

June 2017 Digital Switch Over is Sacrosanct, Says Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, said that the June 2017 date for switch over from analogue to digital broadcasting was sacrosanct.

Mohammed, who gave the assurance when he met with members of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) in Abuja, said that the country could not afford to miss the deadline, having done so twice.

He said that the pilot scheme for the switch over would hold by the end of the month in Jos as part of efforts to meet the deadline.

French Company to Invest $85m in Nigerian E-Commerce Group

French telecommunications company Orange is to invest 75 million euro ($85 million) in Nigerian e-commerce group Africa Internet Group (AIG) and become a shareholder, the two companies said on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

AIG, which was founded in Nigeria in 2012, already counts Goldman Sachs, South African telecoms group MTN and Germany's Rocket Internet among its shareholders.

It owns several technology firms across 26 African countries including online retailer Jumia, delivery app HelloFood, hotel booking platform Jovago and online real estate marketplace Lamudi.

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