Telecoms and IT

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.

UK to Partner Nigeria on Digital Switchover

The acting British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Simon Shercliff, says the United Kingdom would collaborate with Nigeria to fast-track the process of digital switchover in the country.

Shercliff made this known in Abuja when he led a team that visited the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu.

According to him, the digital switch over will enable Nigerians to see more different channels and enhance television technology reliability.

IT Firm Tasks Businesses on Cyber Security

The President of MAXUT Consulting, Michael Odusami, on Wednesday urged businesses and the banking sector to ensure the safety of their online transactions.

Odusami gave the advice during the ``Cyber Security and Banking Fraud Summit 2016’’ held in Lagos.

The summit was organised by MAXUT Consulting, an Information Technology (IT) firm in collaboration with Vasco, an Authentication Company.

He said that online fraud level was increasing; hence, authentication of the online transaction identity had become much important.

MTN Fine: Parliament Probes Whether fine Can be Reduced

Nigeria's parliament has launched a probe into whether the telecoms regulator can reduce a fine slapped on South Africa's MTN for missing a deadline to disconnect unregistered SIM card users, a lawmaker said on Thursday.

According to Reuters, the move might complicate efforts by Africa's biggest cell phone operator to reduce the fine, which had originally amounted to $5.2 billion.

Cybercrime: SWIFT Advises Banks to Review Internal Security

The SWIFT messaging system says it plans to ask banks to follow recommended security practices, following an unprecedented cyber attack on Bangladesh's central bank that yielded $81 million.

A spokeswoman for the group, who preferred not be named, said late on Sunday the Brussels-based SWIFT, would issue a written advisory on Monday asking banks to review internal security.

Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) supplies secure messaging services and interface software to wholesale financial entities.