Telecoms and IT

FG Says Copyright Laws Inadequate

Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, says Nigeria’s existing copyright laws are inadequate to effectively address emerging challenges of copyright infringement.

He said this at the opening of a stakeholders and right owners’ forum organised by the Nigerian Copyrights Commission (NCC) recently in Enugu.

Malami, who was represented by an Assistant Director in Department of Legal Drafting in the ministry, Mr Godwin Iheabunike, said piracy could only be properly checked with adequate laws.

NCC Receives ₦50B Payment from MTN

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), on Monday said it received N50 billion from MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd. as part settlement of fine it imposed on the communications firm.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Tony Ojobo, the Director of Public Affairs of NCC, in Abuja.

It said the commission had also withdrawn the suit it filed against MTN.

``The official information to the commission to that effect was received from the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, on Feb. 29, 2016.

Towards Effective Digital Broadcasting in Nigeria

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in 2015 launched the switchover from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting.

However, an ITU Report indicated that Nigeria missed the 2015 deadline, in spite of the fact that the country started the process nine years ago.

According to the report, the deadline for the switchover from analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) heralded the development of ``all-digital’’ terrestrial broadcast services for sound and television for 119 countries.

MTN Drops Lawsuit Against Nigeria, Pays $250m Toward Fine

South African mobile phone operator MTN Group withdrew its lawsuit against Nigeria's regulator over a $3.9 billion fine and paid $250 million towards a possible settlement, Reuters reports.

A judge in Lagos last month gave both parties until March 18 to reach a settlement, after MTN had asked the court to arbitrate over the dispute, saying the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had no legal grounds to order the fine.

Mobile Internet: Service Providers Collaborate Across Africa, Middle East

Orange on Monday announced a new partnership with Google, to bring the best of mobile internet across its full African and Middle Eastern (Orange MEA) footprint.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Yves Maitre, the Executive Vice President of Connected Objects and Partnerships, Orange, which was made available to newsmen in Lagos.

Etisalat Sues MTN Over Use of Frequency in Nigeria

Etisalat Nigeria has filed a court case against rival MTN over the use of a new frequency band which MTN acquired when it bought internet provider Visafone, it said on Monday.

South Africa's MTN bought the privately held Nigerian firm Visafone last month to improve its broadband services in its biggest market, giving it access to the use of 800 MHz frequency band on CDMA technology.

MTN Hires Former U.S. Attorney General to Help on Nigeria Fine

MTN Group has hired a former top U.S. law enforcement official to help challenge a $3.9 billion fine imposed by Nigeria for failing to disconnect unregistered users, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

Citing people familiar with the situation, the newspaper said former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder pleaded with Nigerian officials last month on behalf of the telecoms company.

Africa's largest mobile phone company was handed a $5.2 billion penalty in October, prompting weeks of lobbying that led to a 25 percent reduction to $3.9 billion.

'FG’S $25B Infrastructural Fund Receiving Favourable Interests'

The plan of the federal government to raise a $25 billion Infrastructural Fund from the global community and establish long term bankable projects is gaining traction, according to the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“We have seen considerable, favourable interests from some sovereign wealth funds and other nations,” the VP told a delegation of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry that paid him a courtesy call today in his office.

Telecoms Minister tells MTN to Drop Lawsuit Over Fine

South African cellphone operator MTN should drop its legal action over a $3.9 billion fine imposed in Nigeria to help facilitate talks on a possible settlement, the Nigerian telecommunications minister said on Tuesday.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) slapped a $5.2 billion fine on MTN in October for failing to disconnect users with unregistered SIM cards but after weeks of negotiations reduced it by 25 percent.

Google to Pay £130m Back Taxes –Official

Google, now part of Alphabet Inc. says it will pay the 130 million pounds back taxes imposed on it by the British tax authority.

The taxes were imposed after the British tax authority took a second look into why the company had paid low tax returns since 2005. Google said late on Friday the 130 million pounds would settle a probe by the British tax authority, which had challenged the company’s low tax returns for years. It said it had also agreed a basis on which tax in the future would be calculated.