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‘Cut, copy and paste’ inventor dies

Larry Tesler, an icon of early computing, has died at the age of 74. Mr Tesler started working in Silicon Valley in the early 1960s, at a time when computers were inaccessible to the vast majority of people. It was thanks to his innovations – which included the “cut”, “copy” and “paste” commands – that […]

Submarine cable cuts, interrupts and slows Internet

A large number of Internet subscribers experienced hitches while downloading and uploading content online at the weekend.With the challenge continuing into the new week, investigations showed that banks, financial institutions, and some Small and Medium scale Enterprises (SMEs), which rely on the Internet to serve segments of the market, might experience difficulties in doing business. […]

SIM recycling rings danger for phone users

Phone numbers are now often considered the “trust anchor” for end-user accounts. In some cases, a user’s valid phone number is their user name. But what happens when the very phone numbers that are used to verify and keep end-users secure are given up, recycled and assigned to a new person? Phone number recycling is […]

How data price war hurts telecoms service quality

Data price ‘war’ among telecoms operators is one of the major causes of poor service quality faced by Nigerian subscribers, especially in the download and upload of content. But while consumers have enjoyed the conflict and its attendant slash in prices, they have had to endure drop in quality and speed. Speed is the performance […]

Uber reveals thousands of reported sexual assaults in US

Nearly 6,000 sexual assaults, including more than 450 cases of rape, were reported to Uber in the United States in 2017 and 2018, the ridesharing company said Thursday, as it faces increasing pressure over its response to abuse complaints. The safety report, which details reports of attacks on both passengers and drivers, is the first […]

5G network will ensure fastest internet, says Huawei boss

Managing Director of Huawei Technologies Nigeria, Mr. Zhang Lulu, has said that with the new 5G network, telecommunications subscribers in the country can experience the fastest internet and mobile connectivity. The move has made Nigeria the first West African country to launch the 5G network on trial basis, following South Africa. Huawei and MTN launched […]

Google Assistant to be ‘news host’ on devices

Google said Tuesday its digital assistant will serve as a “news host” on its connected devices to deliver stories from a variety of its media partners. The feature called Your News Update will be activated by asking the Google Assistant to read the news. The artificial intelligence program will deliver “a mix of short news […]

Alibaba sets eyes on $15 bn Hong Kong listing

Chinese online retail titan Alibaba is hoping to raise up to $15 billion in a Hong Kong IPO, a report said Friday, which would be the city’s biggest listing for nine years. The share sale by Asia’s biggest company would also come as Hong Kong authorities battle months of sometimes violent protests that have dented […]

Georgia hit by massive cyber-attack

A huge cyber-attack has knocked out more than 2,000 websites – as well as the national TV station – in the country of Georgia. Court websites containing case materials and personal data have also been attacked. In many cases, website home pages were replaced with an image of former President Mikheil Saakashvili, and the caption […]

5G technology to be on trial for 3 months before approval – NCC

The Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) on Monday said that the trial of 5G, the fifth generation network technology, would be on trial for three months in the country before actual approval and rollout. The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said this on the sideline of the Mobile and Disruptive Technology (MoDITECH) Forum […]

ATCON seeks NCC’s autonomy on USSD pricing

Telecommunications operators have called on the Federal Government to allow the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) independence to enforce the legal determination of the USSD pricing that was approved to be effective from September 1. The operators, under the aegis of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), said the banks should only be allowed […]

NCC grants Airtel permission to disconnect GLO network

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has granted Airtel Networks Limited an approval to partially disconnect Globacom from its network. “The Commission having examined the application and circumstances surrounding the indebtedness determined that the affected operator does not have sufficient reason for non-payment of interconnect charges,” NCC spokesman Henry Nkemadu said in a statement. “All subscribers […]

Confusion, anger as telcoms charge N4 for banking services

Beginning from today, Nigerians who use financial institutions’ unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) platforms to transfer money from one point to another are expected to incur additional charges for such services. The USSD services include the GTB’s *737#; First Bank’s *894#; Fidelity Bank’s *770#; Access Bank’s *901#; and UBA’s *919# that run on telecoms’ operators […]

E-waste menace rises, only 20% gets recycled

Discarded electrical and electronic equipment (such as phones, laptops, fridges, sensors and TVs), which is referred to as e-waste is becoming a huge problem, needing urgent intervention globally. According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), e-Waste is a growing challenge, matching the growth of the information and communication technology (ICT) industry. ITU informed that approximately […]

Operators deplore N221 billion loss in telecoms industry

Players in the Value Added Service (VAS) segment of Nigeria’s telecommunications market have decried the adverse impact of the ‘Do-Not-Disturb’ (DND) activation on their operations nationwide. According to the operators, under the aegis of Wireless Application Service Providers Association of Nigeria (WASPAN), activities of the DND had cost them N221 billion in the last two […]

Mobile network operators’ assets in Nigeria hit N1.95 trillion

Total assets base of mobile operators in Nigeria increased by 130 per cent between 2017, and 2018, hitting N1.95 trillion last year, from N847.97 billion.These assets include all facilities that make communications seamless in Nigeria, like the base transceiver stations, fibre cables, network operation centre, data centres, among others. According to the 2018 Subscribers/Network Data […]

Nigeria, dumping ground for obsolete technologies – Research

Nigeria has become the recipient of obsolete and misfit technologies, a research carried out by the National Centre for Technology Management, NACETEM reveals. NACETEM is an agency of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Science and Technology that provides critical knowledge support in the area of Science, Technology, Innovation management for sustainable development. In a report made […]

Telcos tasked on value generation, new services

Prof Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has urged mobile operators to unlock new services, sources of value generation and revenue streams in their operations. Danbatta, said it was necessary to innovate on how to access segments of the consumer wallets not presently allocated to communications by providing solutions to consumers’ needs […]

Tasks before Pantami at communications ministry

Dr Isa Ali Pantami’s reputation precedes him. He is the new minister of Communications.The immediate past director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA); to his admirers, he is IT sector’s anti-corruption Czar. To them, Pantami has redefined public service elevating NITDA as one of the most respected agencies in Nigeria. But to others, he […]

Telecoms operators decry over-regulation from NITDA’s operations

Telecommunications operators have decried the increasing over-regulation of the sector with particular emphasis on the recent incursion of the National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA). The operators under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), claimed there have been serious regulatory overlap on the part of NITDA on some […]

NCC to decommission 693 abandoned telecoms masts

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) may decommission about 693 telecoms masts alleged to have been abandoned in several parts of the country. NCC however, gave owners of the mast 90-days to rehabilitate, commence usage or dismantle and remove the masts/towers from the relevant locations. Though the Commission was not forthcoming about the operators that are […]

China’s Huawei signs deal to develop 5G in Russia

China’s Huawei, considered a security threat in the US, on Wednesday signed a deal with Russian telecoms company MTS to develop a 5G network in the country over the next year, The agreement was signed on the sidelines of a meeting between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The deal […]

Telecom industry seeks EO to stem multiple taxes

The current heavy taxes imposed on telecoms companies at the federal, state and local government levels, have been a major obstacle, which retards economic growth, limits profits, compromises quality of service and slows network expansion. In addition to the statutory taxes levied on operators; telecommunications operators pay Annual Operating Levy (AOL) of certain percentage of […]

Huawei’s use of Android restricted by Google

Google has barred the world’s second biggest smartphone maker, Huawei, from some updates to the Android operating system, dealing a blow to the Chinese company. New designs of Huawei smartphones are set to lose access to some Google apps. The move comes after the Trump administration added Huawei to a list of companies that American […]

Huawei jumps ahead of Apple in tough smartphone market

China-based Huawei outsold Apple’s iPhones in the first quarter of this year, seizing the California company’s second place spot in a tightening smartphone market dominated by Samsung, a tracker said Tuesday. A total of 310.8 million smartphones were shipped globally during the first three months of this year in a 6.6 percent decline from the […]

NCC declares 63.2 per cent SIM registrations invalid

Telephone subscribers are once again thrown into pandemonium, as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), yesterday, declared about 63.2 per cent of the Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) cards data information processed by the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in the country as invalid. Invalid, in the sense that data collected are beset with some irregularities such as […]

Google-linked firm wins US approval for drone deliveries

Wing Aviation, a firm owned by Google parent Alphabet, on Tuesday, became the first drone operator to be certified as an airline by US authorities, allowing it to begin commercial deliveries in the country. A number of companies have been testing drone delivery systems around the world for everything from food delivery to crop spraying […]

British PM approves Huawei role in 5G network

British Prime Minister Theresa May has given the go-ahead for China’s Huawei to help build a 5G network, shrugging off security warnings from senior ministers and Washington, the Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. The country’s National Security Council, which is chaired by May, agreed Tuesday to allow the Chinese technology giant limited access to building “non-core” […]

NCC tasks telecoms consumers on infrastructure protection

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has again enjoined telecoms consumers and other stakeholders to join hands with it in protecting telecom infrastructure for improved service delivery to them. The Commission made the call during a sensitisation programme on the protection of telecoms infrastructure in Okene, Kogi State, at the weekend, urging all stakeholders, including traditional […]

World’s first 5G phone released in South Korea

Telecom giant Samsung Electronics on Friday released the Galaxy S10 5G, the world’s first available smartphone with built-in fifth-generation communications, as South Korea seeks to build a lead in the transformative technology. On Wednesday the South became the first country to launch nationwide 5G services, with three superfast networks going live offering data speeds that […]

Court declares sale of Etisalat illegal

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has set aside the sale of Etisalat (9mobile) to Teleology Nigeria Limited. Justice Binta Nyako in a ruling yesterday also voided all steps taken on the exchange of ownership of Etisalat, in spite of pending orders for the maintenance of status quo. Nyako, who held that parties were all aware […]

MTN revenue climbs on data, serves 20m Nigerians exclusively

Data subscriptions in Nigeria lifted MTN’s revenue by 15 per cent in 2018. The firm grew its active data users from 4.5 million customers to 18.7 million within the last few years. A document made available to The Guardian revealed that the South African firm, which raked in about N1.06trillion from Nigeria last year, recorded […]

US mum ‘abused kids who performed on family YouTube channel’

A US mother whose seven adopted children regularly performed as superheroes on her family’s YouTube channel has been charged with child abuse. Machelle Hackney, from Arizona, and her two adult sons were arrested on Friday by local police. Ms Hackney has denied abusing her children. The adoptees regularly appeared on the popular Fantastic Adventures channel, […]

MTN gets 16m new subscriber, unveils first feature smartphone

Telecommunications firm, MTN has launched the first feature smartphone in Africa, with a target to increase more mobile connections in the country and Africa as a whole. Unveiled in Lagos, MTN said it has been on the project since last year before it materialised in 2019. The South African firm, which operates across its 21 […]

Court ‘bars Ghosn from attending’ Nissan board meeting

A Japanese court on Monday barred Carlos Ghosn from attending a Nissan board meeting, according to local media, as the bailed former chairman prepares his defence against charges of financial misconduct. Nissan removed Ghosn as chief shortly after his shock arrest in November, but he cannot be officially removed from his seat on the board […]

Uber ‘not liable’ for self-driving death

Uber will not face criminal charges for a fatal crash involving one of its self-driving cars. Prosecutors have ruled that the company is not criminally liable for the death of Elaine Herzberg, 49, who was struck as she crossed a road in Tempe, Arizona. The car’s back-up driver could still face criminal charges. A police […]

Cyber-thieves set sights on hijacking payment data

Thousands of websites are being hit by cyber-thieves who implant code to scoop up payment card numbers, research suggests. Security giant Symantec found more than 4,800 websites were being hit by these “form-jacking” attacks every month. High-profile victims of these attacks include airline BA and Ticketmaster. Online crime groups had turned to the attacks as […]

Google admits error over hidden microphone

Google has acknowledged that it made an error in not disclosing that one of its home alarm products contained a microphone. Product specifications for the Nest Guard, available since 2017, had made no mention of the listening device. But earlier this month, the firm said a software update would make Nest Guard voice-controlled. On Twitter, […]

‘MTN is target of claims, threats in Nigeria’

MTN Group Limited, formerly M-Cell, the South Africa-based multinational mobile telecommunications company, operating in many African, European and Asian countries, is not new to controversies.But MTN’s love for high-risk emerging markets like Nigeria is biting it big time. The telco has been caught in web of claims, charges, fines and all manners of harassment by […]

UN priortises ICT skills for economic development

The United Nations (UN) has hinged economic developments on increased information and communications technology (ICT) skills, especially among developing countries. Speaking through its specialised agency for ICT, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN noted that skills are fundamental for participation in today’s information society, and correlate positively with social well-being and economic productivity. The […]

FG to introduce software development into education curriculum

Nigeria’s vice president Yemi Osinbajo said that the government intends to revise the educational curriculum to enable school pupils to learn software development and coding. Osinbajo, who spoke at the 50th National Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria held in Abuja, themed, Stand Out, said countries across the world had […]

Electronic fraud in banking hits N6.1trn by 2021 – CBN

Mr Sunday Salam-Alada, Director, Consumer Protection Department, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said electronic fraud losses in the banking system are projected to reach N6.1 trillion by 2021. Salam-Alada disclosed this at the ongoing workshop for Business Editors and Finance Correspondents, organised by Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) in Benin. According to him, the […]

U.S. OPIC signs $100 million loan deal with Africell

African telecoms firm Africell on Friday signed a $100 million loan agreement with U.S. development financier the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), both entities said. The loan will help fund Africell’s expansion of communications infrastructure. The deal was signed on the sidelines of the African Development Bank’s Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg, and forms part […]

Verizon reorganizes structure under new CEO to prep for 5G

Verizon is undergoing a significant restructuring under new CEO Hans Vestberg, including its dominant wireless division, as it prepares to roll out its 5G technology. Three months after Vestberg took control, Verizon said Monday that the New York company will be organized into four groups at the start of the year: Consumer, Business, Media, and […]

Nigeria ranks low in META region’s ICT growth index

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) growth index for Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META), has ranked Nigeria low behind Kenya, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirate (UAE). According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the META region holds greater developmental keys, especially for the adoption of new technologies. Speaking to journalists, IDC Group Vice […]

Aid groups now using the same data technology as bitcoin

In the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, Amar Al-Eid heads toward the checkout of the food distribution store carrying supplies for his two children. The shopkeeper raises a black box to his face and scans the Syrian refugee’s iris. The transaction goes through and a day’s rations are secured. The data technology that underpins virtual […]

Nigerians decry digital services of banks

A Five-month survey on banks in Nigeria has revealed customers’ dissatisfaction with some of the digital services rendered by them. Conducted by Agusto&Co and unveiled to journalists in Lagos yesterday, the study indicated that platforms like mobile apps, Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), Internet banking, among others must be upgraded and enhanced security-wise. Besides, customers […]

ICT experts decry dearth of cyber security personnel

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) experts have decried the dearth of cyber security personnel in Nigeria and warned that the economy is at higher risk of being a target of cyber-attacks, especially the oil sector and banking industry. The experts noted that only 1,800 certified cyber personnel are available, which according to them, is grossly […]

Longtime Facebook exec Adam Mosseri new head of Instagram

Facebook has named Adam Mosseri, a 10-year veteran at the company, as the head of Instagram. The appointment comes after the photo-sharing app’s co-founders resigned last week without giving a clear reason. Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s CEO, and Mike Krieger, its other co-founder, announced Mosseri’s appointment Monday on the company blog. Mosseri was named as Instagram’s […]

Can wireless challenge cable for home internet service?

Cellular companies are looking to challenge traditional cable companies with residential internet service that promises to be ultra-fast, affordable and wireless. Verizon’s wireless service for the home launches in four cities Monday using an emerging wireless technology known as 5G. The service promises to be cheaper to build and operate, but its success will depend […]

Google’s first urban development raises data concerns

Heated streets will melt ice and snow on contact. Sensors will monitor traffic and protect pedestrians. Driverless shuttles will carry people to their doors. A unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet is proposing to turn a rundown part of Toronto’s waterfront into what may be the most wired community in history — to “fundamentally refine […]