20 years on; Telcos attain 297m phone lines, fail on financial inclusion, security
August 19, 2021 1155 566

Despite opportunities the telecommunications revolutions have offered the country this 20 years, especially with 297 million telephone lines connected, insecurity and low financial inclusion remain key challenges yet to be addressed. The financia... Read more

Making indigenous operators competitive
August 18, 2021 1703 953

With 20 years of Nigeria’s telecommunications revolution largely dominated by foreign operators, indigenous players have expressed readiness to contribute more to the economy if given the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities at the ... Read more

Fintech firm Rocket to launch ecosystem of value adding products for Africa
August 14, 2021 3100 1594

  Rocket, a leading fintech Company with operations across various market segments has announced the new phase of their company via a Video Announcement by the CEO of the Group, Mr. Chijioke John Odum. According to the announc... Read more

Fed. Govt, Twitter close to agreement
August 12, 2021 3102 1286

The Federal Government and Twitter are planning to seal a deal that will pave the way for the lifting of the indefinite suspension slammed on the United States-micro-blogging platform, it was learnt yesterday. Two major issues are however, delayi... Read more

After $75b investments in 20 years, telecoms service still struggling
August 3, 2021 5475 2491

Twenty years after the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) licensed the first two Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) that birthed the revolution of Global System for Mobile (GSM) telecommunication technology in the country, the sector is still g... Read more

NIN-SIM enrolment hits 59m
July 26, 2021 6982 3288

Nigeria has enrolled 59.8 million unique National Identity Number (NIN) with Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) with an average of three to four SIMs per NIN.   A joint statement by the Director of Public Affairs at the Nigerian C... Read more

Kantagowa revenue to surpass N1.5b, computer village developer assures
July 7, 2021 11617 5274

Bridgeway Global Project, the developer handling the relocation of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Park (Computer Village), Jimmy Onyemenam, has assured that the current national contribution of the market, which is estimated at N1.... Read more

2021 smartphone growth to reach highest level since 2015
July 7, 2021 8789 3910

Following a back-to-back quarterly growth, the International Data Corporation (IDC) has raised its near-term outlook for the global smartphone market.   IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker revealed that shipments of smartphones are... Read more

As Nigeria awaits FG’s nod on 5G deployment
July 1, 2021 9230 4119

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Nigeria’s final journey into the deployment of 5G technology should begin soonest, hopefully in another month.Barring unforeseen circumstances, Nigeria’s final journey into the deployment of ... Read more

Telecoms license structure comes under scrutiny
June 23, 2021 10206 4462

ADEYEMI ADEPETUN writes that the planned review of telecoms license structure in Nigeria is expected to throw up more issues, among which is convergence. Largely, it is expected this should make the country improve its competitiveness.  ... Read more

Twitter, Facebook undecided on FG’s licensing order as losses rise
June 14, 2021 10641 4494

As the suspension of Twitter gets into the second week, the Federal Government is yet to release conditions for the reversal of the indefinite suspension despite claiming to be in talks with the social media company. While the Federal Government ... Read more

Nigerian telcos block access to Twitter
June 5, 2021 10348 4418

Telecommunication operators in Nigeria have blocked access to Twitter after the government slammed an indefinite ban on the social media platform on Friday.The telcos, under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (A... Read more

Telcos begin SIM activation as more lines get NIN linkage
May 6, 2021 16412 7333

Two weeks after the Federal Government lifted the ban on registration and activation of Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards, telecoms operators have commenced sale of new and reactivation of old lines. The Guardian had, last week, report... Read more

SeerBit, Wix partner on Nigeria’s e-commerce, others
April 7, 2021 22488 9802

Seerbit has announced its partnership with Wix to create, manage and grow an online presence, to empower and scale eCommerce businesses in Africa. SeerBit is a product of Centric Gateway – an innovative Pan-African tech solutions company ena... Read more

Fibre operators seek pioneer status as broadband penetration falls by 3%
March 31, 2021 19143 8368

Fibre operators, especially in the metro space, have called on the Federal Government to grant them pioneer status. This, they claimed, would boost their operations in the country. The call was made by the Chief Marketing Officer, Broad-based... Read more

Telcos may lose N25b over prolonged SIM ‘lockdown’
March 29, 2021 18112 7837

If the court order demanding two months extension of NIN-SIM registration stays, it would have been five months of no SIM registration and activation in the country.The implications of this are that mobile network operators (MNOs) would have lost ... Read more

Twitter asks users to weigh in on rules for world leaders
March 20, 2021 20685 9035

Twitter on Friday began a survey of global users about platform rules for world leaders while consulting human rights and academic specialists on its next policy steps.The announcement comes after Twitter joined other social networks banning then-... Read more

Telecoms operators withdraw USSD service from banks over N42b debt
March 13, 2021 20975 9036

Telecommunications operators have withdrawn the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) shortcode service banks and other financial service operators leverage on their platforms to service the banking community.   The operators under... Read more

AU claims 300m Africans live 50km away from broadband connections
March 3, 2021 22051 9466

The African Union (AU) has noted that though there has been a huge expansion of fibre optic networks on the continent (which have extended from 278 056 km in 2009 to 1.02 million km in June 2019), nearly 300 million Africans still live more than 5... Read more

Telcos count losses as inactive telephone lines hit 7.6m in two months
March 2, 2021 18071 7745

Since the Federal Government stopped registration and activation of new Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) cards in December 2020, telecommunications operators have recorded loss of 7.6 million telephone lines within two months The January e... Read more

Telecom workers threaten to disrupt network services nationwide
February 26, 2021 17993 7588

Private Telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PTECSSAN) has threatened to shut down network services nationwide over alleged anti-labour practices by Huawei Technologies Company Limited.At a press conference, y... Read more

FG declares readiness to deploy 5G network
February 26, 2021 16541 6994

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isah Ali Pantami, has declared that Nigeria is ready for the deployment of the Fifth Generation Network (5G), as long as the major challenges have been resolved. Pantami spoke yesterday, at a on... Read more

NCC begins USSD pricing regimes for banks, betting services, others
February 12, 2021 20615 8656

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has begun a pricing regime for Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), otherwise known as shortcodes used by the banks and other commercial organisations to offer mobile financial services and o... Read more

187, 171 subscribers ported in 2020 as NCC announces new rules
February 11, 2021 17430 7228

Telecommunications operators in Nigeria received some 182,994 subscribers, who ported into their networks in 2020. Interestingly, some 187,171 customers also left MTN, Airtel, Globacom and 9mobile. This was done through the Mobile Number Portabili... Read more

Weighing economic implications of SIM card blockage
February 3, 2021 18026 7352

COVID-19 has further revealed the importance of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in Nigeria, and across the globe. As revealed by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the IT sector in Nigeria thrived tremendously, de... Read more

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