Telecoms and IT

NCC, CBN Collaborate to Boost Mobile Financial Services

The Deputy Governor, Operations, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Suleiman Barau, has stressed the need to adopt measures to curb security breaches in the implementation of the Mobile Money Scheme (MMS) as well as strengthen the services of telecommunication companies in the country.

Barau stated this in Abuja recently when he paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta.

MTN Names Vodafone Europe Head as New CEO

South African mobile phone operator MTN Group named the head of Vodafone Europe as its new CEO on Monday, bringing in an outsider with a risk management background less than two weeks after it agreed to a $1.7 billion fine to settle a dispute in Nigeria, Reuters reports.

Rob Shuter, a South African national with a background in accounting, replaces Sifiso Dabengwa, who resigned last November after Nigeria imposed the fine, the latest in a series of disputes exposing governance issues at Africa's biggest mobile phone operator.

Microsoft to buys LinkedIn for $26b

Microsoft is buying the professional networking website LinkedIn for just over $26bn (£18bn) in cash, BBC Reports.

The software giant will pay $196 a share - a premium of almost 50% to Friday's closing share price.

The deal will help Microsoft boost sales of its business and email software.

Microsoft said that LinkedIn would retain its "distinct brand, culture and independence".

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.''