ITU Releases new Information Society Records
Korea is world's most advanced ICT economy
Developing Countries are catching up
New figures released during the week by ITU show that information and communication technology (ICT) uptake continues to grow worldwide, spurred by a steady fall in the price of telephone and broadband Internet services.
The new data, released in ITU's flagship annual report Measuring the Information Society 2012, rank the Republic of Korea as the world's most advanced ICT economy, followed by Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland.
Of the ten top-ranked countries, eight are from Europe. The two remaining countries both come from the Asia-Pacific region, with the Republic of Korea in first place, and Japan ranked 8th. The top five countries have not changed their rank between 2010 and 2011. The only new entrant in the top ten is the UK, which moved up from 14th place last year to 9th place in 2012.
ITU's ICT Development Index (IDI) ranks 155 countries according to their level of ICT access, use and skills, and compares 2010 and 2011 scores. All countries in the IDI top 30 are high-income countries, underlining the strong link between income and ICT progress.
There are large differences between developed and developing countries, with IDI values on average twice as high in the developed world compared with developing countries. The report identifies the group of countries with the lowest IDI levels - so-called Least Connected Countries - and highlights the need for policy makers to pay keen attention to this group.
'ITU's Measuring the Information Society report is the most comprehensive statistical and analytical report on the shape of ICT markets worldwide. Our reputation as a wholly impartial and reliable source of ICT market statistics makes this report the annual industry benchmark for technology development,' said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Toure.
This information is reproduced from ITU Press Release
Developing countries now account for lion's share of mobile growth
The Measuring the Information Society 2012 report also identifies countries which have made the most progress when it comes to ICT development. These dynamic ICT markets are mostly located in the developing world, evidence that many developing countries are catching up quickly in efforts to bridge the so-called 'digital divide'. Strong performers include Bahrain, Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and Saudi Arabia.
In the mobile sector, developing countries now account for the lion’s share of market growth. Mobile-cellular subscriptions registered continuous double-digit growth in developing country markets, for a global total of six billion mobile subscriptions by end 2011. Both China and India each account for around one billion subscriptions.
Mobile broadband continues to be the ICT service displaying the sharpest growth rates. Over the past year, growth in mobile-broadband services continued at 40% globally and 78% in developing countries. There are now twice as many mobile-broadband subscriptions as fixed broadband subscriptions worldwide.
The price of ICT services dropped by 30% between 2008 and 2011
Globally, telecommunication and Internet services are becoming more affordable. According to the report's ICT Price Basket (IPB), which spans 161 economies and combines the average cost of fixed-telephone, mobile-cellular and fixed-broadband Internet services, the price of ICT services dropped by 30% globally between 2008 and 2011, with the biggest decrease in fixed-broadband Internet services, where average prices have come down by 75%.
While prices in developed economies have stabilized, those in developing countries continue to fall at double-digit rates.
That said, fixed-broadband services still remain too expensive in most developing countries: by end 2011, the price of a basic, monthly fixed-broadband package represented over 40% of monthly gross national income (GNI) per capita. This compares to 1.7% in developed economies. Affordability targets set in 2011 by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, on which ITU serves as co-Vice Chair, set the targeted cost of an entry-level broadband subscription at less than 5% of GNI.
One promising development is the growth of mobile-broadband services. In developing countries, mobile-broadband services are more widely accessible and, in the case of low-volume packages, less costly than fixed-broadband Internet services. Mobile broadband is expected to boost Internet use, which stood at 32% globally and 24% in developing countries at end 2011.
'The past year has seen continued and almost universal growth in ICT uptake. The surge in numbers of mobile-broadband subscriptions in developing countries has brought the Internet to a multitude of new users. But despite the downward trend, prices remain relatively high in many low-income countries. For mobile broadband to replicate the mobile-cellular miracle and bring more people from developing countries online, 3G network coverage has to be extended and prices have to go down even further,' said Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau, which produces the annual report.
ICTs have growing impact on economy, developing countries are key growth markets
The report also shows that the ICT sector has become a major contributor to economic growth. In 2010, global exports of ICT goods accounted for 12% of world merchandise trade, and as much as 20% in developing countries.
ITU data show that global revenues from telecommunication services reached USD 1.5 trillion in 2010, corresponding to 2.4 % of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP). In the same year, investment (measured by capital expenditure) in telecommunications amounted to more than USD 241 billion, or an estimated 2% of the world's total gross fixed capital formation.
The figures highlight the important role developing countries are playing in terms of telecommunication revenues and investments, particularly during the recent economic crisis. Between 2007 and 2010, both telecom revenues and investment continued to grow by 22% in developing countries, whereas revenues stagnated in developed countries. Developing countries are also increasingly attractive destinations for foreign direct investment (FDI) in telecommunications.
By beginning 2011, nine of the top 20 telecom markets globally in terms of revenues were developing country markets - including Brazil, China, India and Mexico – and developing countries accounted for 35% of world telecommunication revenue.
At the same time, ITU research and data suggest that developing countries need a relatively higher level of investment in advanced ICT services to fuel growth, mainly because ICT infrastructure levels are still limited.
This information is reproduced from ITU Press Release
at the Centre of Global Wave of Complaints
The release of a US Congressional Intelligence Committee Report last Monday seems to be generating predictable ripples. In the report, the legislators specifically asked that the United States should view with suspicion the continued penetration of the U.S. telecommunications market by Chinese telecommunications companies.
Top news agencies report that officials in key markets across the world, usually the Western countries, are coming up to express pent-up concerns about doing business with Huawei and ZTE. Notable is Canada whose national security system plan may now exclude Huawei and ZTE. The European Union which had always expressed worries that it could not push for lack of mandatory complaints from local vendors now seems to have a ground to commence serous review of Euro-China relations based entirely on its own initiative.
The truth is that the vulnerable markets are the emerging markets of Africa who, for obvious reasons, can only play a wait-and-see game for now. African markets have another different problem in that many of the officials are compromised and care less about what happens to their countries. They are not known to care about security or development issues for so long as they make personal benefits from their official obligations.
In 2002 when ZTE pulled through an unpopular rural telephony project loan in Nigeria for example, the plans appeared like the Chinese were planning to locate Chinese technicians and labourers in each of Nigeria's 274 local governments in the name of providing telephones for rural communities. Arguments that the plans did not respect local regulatory requirement of an operating license did not dissuade the officials who wanted the project to pass. And it passed only to fail when very senior officials of government quarreled and the project laid between them. Another $100million loan for telecommunication projects is being worked out at the moment.
Mainly for reason of price, Chinese vendors are aggressive competitors everywhere they trade. But many are quick to suggest the Chinese government is subsidizing its firms for reward of advantages of using their gears in foreign markets for espionage motives. Evidences are difficult to quote but many vendors who cannot make direct allegations say the charges are real and obvious.
Chinese newspapers are also out to say that the US congressional charges are spurious and groundless. They say American firms are afraid of competition and pushing their politicians to make unsubstantiated accusations.
SECURITY THREAT Charges:
'USA' and HUAWEI draw the Line
The United States of America and China may be at the starting block of a faceoff which is potentially dangerous to bilateral relations.
A U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee has advised US telecom companies who might be planning business deals with Huawei to 'find another vendor 'if you care about your intellectual property; if you care about your consumers’ privacy and if you care about the national security of the United States of America'. That advice was issued last week ahead of a congressional report which was eventually made public yesterday, (Monday).
The Committee has been on investigation of a leak which suggested charges of espionage against some Chinese firms and it found, according to words that were going round last weekend, that there was merit in the allegation.
Although top officials of both Huawei and Chinese Government have denied all charges, the Americans are not impressed and they have told all network providers and system developers who care to listen to seek other vendors for their projects lest they fiddle with the security interest of America.
Bill Plummer, Huawei's Vice President for External Affairs in USA said in an immediate blog posting after the Congressmen's Press briefing on Monday said 'while Huawei interacted with the Committee in good faith over the last 10 months, it is now clear — based on the Committee report issued on Oct. 8 — that the Committee did not in turn conduct a fair, impartial or objective investigation'.
A few industry players with whom follow-up enquiries were made suggested that where risks of investment is involved, America does not raise as much serious issues as where security and national interest is at stake. Some even said coming at this time, a month to Presidential polls and from a Committee head by Mike Rogers, a Republican Rep, political calculations cannot be totally exonerated.
Huawei and ZTE are big Chinese companies which rate highly in global reckoning but do little business in the United States. Less than 4 % of Huawei revenue comes from US while ZTE does even less. Ordinarily if it were telecommunication investments that the issues involve it would not raise the concern that is being shown.
Huawei and ZTE have made significant inroad into emerging markets in Asia and Africa. Not in a few are there worries about the tendency to infiltrate local markets with Chinese citizens whose functions truly raise questions.
MainOne-IDC-G seal an Alliance Deal on
data centre operations
UK based International Data Centre Group
MainOne Cable Co announced during the
week that they have gone into alliance
to strengthen IDC-G data Centre
operations in West Africa.
MainOne delivers wholesale communication
services to Telecom Operators, Internet
Service Providers, Governments and Large
Enterprises in the region while IDC-G is
a data centre service provider
representing an alliance of high
quality, carrier neutral data centres
across 5 continents, with a focus on
emerging and high-growth markets.
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Lenovo, A Chinese
PC Maker sets up Factory in US
Strange story isn't it? Lenovo which is
closing on to being the world's largest
PC maker said last Monday that it would
open its first computer manufacturing
plant in Whitsett, N.C., near
Greensboro, United states. It will make
laptops, PC's and Tablets.
The trend ever since electronics made
world impact had been that US companies
opt to manufacture in Asia. But CEO,
YANG Yuanqing, said it anticipates that
the move will create 115 new
manufacturing jobs in North Carolina,
where the workers will build
Think-branded notebook and desktop PCs,
tablets, engineering workstations and
servers for sale to domestic businesses,
government and education customers, as
well as consumers.
Two weeks ago at the United Nations
Assembly in Ney York, Lenovo declared
intension to support UN Education First
initiative whose mission to improve
learning outcomes around the world.
Lenovo is a 2003 Chinese company whose
progenitor commenced pc manufacturing in
1980. In 2005, Lenovo acquired IBM's
Personal Computing Division, making it a
new international IT competitor and the
third-largest personal computer company
in the world. Today, it is world's
second going on final lap of being
No Frequency Band
Racketeering at NCC
The Nigerian Communications Commission
has been inundated by calls from
concerned citizens over a story in the
Leadership Newspaper of Thursday,
October 4, 2012 which alleged frequency
racketeering, with an insinuation that
the management of the Commission has
sold a frequency slot belonging to the
Nigerian Police to a private firm, Open
The story also insinuated that the
current leadership of the Commission has
issued frequencies to Smile
Communications without due process.
There is no truth in both allegations.
However, we wish, for the benefit of the
Nigerian public and all the industry
stakeholders, to state as follows:
That the story in its entirety lacks
basic understanding of frequency
allocation and its processes involved,
resulting in unsubstantiated information
capable of misleading the public and
The frequencies allocated to Open Skys
and Smile Communications are in two
frequency different bands, and followed
a due process for similar frequencies at
the Commission, and began since 2009.
That the Frequency spectrum allocated to
the Police by the Commission is intact
and has not in any way affected by the
That the Current Executive Vice Chairman
of the Commission, Dr. Eugene Juwah, did
not initiate the allocation of the
aforesaid frequencies, having resumed in
July 2010, while the process began since
2009. Even after resumption at the NCC,
Dr. Juwah has strictly followed the due
process of issuance of licenses and
In the case of Open Skys, its allocation
process began in 2008 following a
Presidential directive to the Commission
for allocation of a portion in the 450
MHz to NIGCOMSAT. A request which the
Board acceded to on the condition that
NIGCOMSAT, being a government agency,
must seek for private sector partnership
before qualifying for such allocation.
Upon compliance and submission of the
name of Open Skys, the company applied
for the license and frequency in 2009.
Note that the use of 450 MHz for
commercial telecommunications was
approved by the National Frequency
Management Council (NFMC) on Nov 5,
2004. After this approval, occupants in
this band like the Police, Shell PDC,
Agip, Chevron, and some others, were
relocated to specific portions of the
band from where they had
indiscriminately occupied. The Nigerian
Police was specifically on 18th of
October 2005, approved to be moved to
469.975 MHz / 459.375
459.975 MHz of this spectrum. Open Skys,
in which NIGCOMSAT has interest, were to
pay the police for the relocation cost
estimated at N350 Million, which from
our records, was complied with.
Open Skys was thereafter invoiced for
the sum of N1.141billion, for 5 years to
enable the re-farming of the frequency
while it paid the sum of N892,455,010.60
as frequency fee destined for the
Federation Account while the balance of
N247,544,989.40 later adjusted to N350
Million would cover the additional cost
of replacement of the old radios
belonging to the Police since they will
not be attuned to the new frequency
spectrum, was paid.
Therefore, the allegation of
racketeering with any frequency
belonging to the Police, to and
allocation to a private company, is
false. Currently, the Nigerian Police,
Shell, AGIP and others still have
allocation on the different portions of
the 450MHz Band.
All the decisions on the above were
taken by the Board of the Commission and
all the due processes were followed. It
is the Commission that also decides
which of the available allocation
processes as prescribed by the relevant
laws, are applied during any allocation
In the case of Smile Communications Ltd,
the company was in 2009 awarded a
Unified Access Service License (UASL)
for ten years, till 30th June 2019, a
Private Networks Link, PNL and a
Spectrum in the 850 MHz Band for
implementation of the licenses, having
applied since 2008. Its applications
were processed in line with sections 123
and 33 of the Act and in compliance with
our licensing procedures.
Smile Communications was licensed to
provide broadband multimedia services on
the 850 MHz Band nationwide and was
assigned 15 MHz spectrum based on Time
Division Duplexing (TDD) in the 850 MHz
band to provide wireless access services
In March 2010, Smile Communications
appealed that their 15 MHz Time Division
Duplexing, TDD, assignment to 10 MHz
Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD).
While this application was undergoing
consideration, the Commission, first and
foremost, took a decision to allocate
additional 5MHz frequency on the TDD as
earlier requested by Smile
Communications to ensure effective use
of the 15 MHz which it already had as
the current status of the 15MHz would
constitute a waste. The consideration of
its request, which implied a conversion
of the spectrum from TDD to FDD for a
lower value, is yet to be decided as
this would require time and costs for
re-farming all the frequencies, and also
to accommodate many applications that
are being made for its use due to the
digital dividend opportunities.
For its UASL license, Smile
Communications paid N320,250,000.00 on
26th June 2009, for the PNL license, it
paid N46,830,000.00 on 26th February
2009, and for its Spectrum License with
10 years validity from July 2009, it
paid N2,154,600,000 (Two Billion, One
Hundred and Fifty Four Million, Six
Hundred Thousand Naira which is for the
Federation Account, and also paid
N718,200,000 for the additional 5 MHz.
We have taken efforts to provide details
of these transactions to show clearly
that Dr. Juwah has not even resumed at
the NCC when the process of the
allocations began. We also make bold to
say that all due processes were taken in
the allocations contrary to the
allegations contained in the report.
We advise newsmen to always seek
clarifications from the Commission
before going to press with sensitive
information that are false but capable
of misinforming the public and casting
the Commission and its management in bad
The Commission restates that in all its
regulatory activities, due processes are
followed, just like in the cases
reported by the newspaper.
Head, Media & Public Relations.
Dated this 4th Day of October , 2012.
For further Information, Please Contact:
Tel: 0803 664 5551, 08051110337
all high 10 million in US Presidential
Twitter has indicated that more than
10million twits were recorded during
last nights presidential debate start-up
between President Barrack Obama and Gov
Mitt Romney. Of course it also adds that
it is the highest in US history. Sure
many will ask, why not and So what.!
The issues that got people tweeting the
most, it adds, range between medicare,
obamacare and fact checking.
Is it tweets that matter? No. Who will
win the election, is the issue.
Operators say yes
to EU Funding plans on Broadband
big telephone operators under the name
of European Telecommunications Network
Operators Association, ETNO, have
expressed support for the Unions plans
to support upfront investments in
In a statement signed by representatives
of Belgacom, Deutsche Telekom, France
Telecom, KPN, Swisscom, Telecom Italia,
Telefonica, and Turk Telekom, the
Association said early this week that
'At ETNO, we actively support and will
strongly defend the EU�s
proposed budget package, the structural
funds for ICT and the Connecting Europe
facility for telecoms and we will
continue to promote investments in the
regulatory policy framework to foster
private investments in high-speed
Under the proposed plan EU is to provide
funding of about 50 billion Euroes from
the EU Connecting Europe Facility for
energy, transport and communications
projects, where there is a need for
substantial upfront spending.
�.and on Cloud
In another development the European
Commission, EC, has initiated a
pan-Europe cloud computing initiative
which it says will boost European
business and government productivity and
provide more jobs (2.5million by 2020).
This is in addition to all other effort
which individual members are making and
The Commission says its own initiative
will enhance interoperability, data
portability and reversibility by making
technical standard clearer and
implementing an EU-wide certification
scheme for trustworthy cloud providers.
The initiative is called Unleashing the
potential of cloud computing in Europe
Data Centre Expert
emphasizes on Energy Efficiency
According to a technology expert - Mr.
Matt Flowerday, CEO CAPITOLINE, Data
centres (DC) would shape the way IT
business is conducted in the country
because they are the engine rooms that
Global Digital Economy. However, the
energy utilization in most DC is grossly
inefficient, leading to astronomical
rise in temperature and eventually
grounding the Data Centre.
In an Audit of over 50 data centres
within the past 2 years, Capitoline
finds that running Data centre with a
wider temperature/humidity ranges takes
less air conditioning energy and helps
to minimize energy consumption.
Besides, among all sources of Data
Centre failures, temperature tops with
55%. Moreover, 84 major data centre
failures that occurred within the space
of 36 months worldwide had their root
cause traced to energy/power, design,
specifications, processes and operating
procedures. Virtualization is widely
known to reduce servers in the Data
Centre which should have ultimately
serve to reduce the vast amount of
energy that DC consumes, but research
shows otherwise. Experts say CRAC unit
sizing and placement, thermal gain, heat
generated by servers, racks organization
are priority considerations for energy
efficiency in Data Centres.
In a sensitization training organized in
August 2012 by KITS technologies limited
and delivered by Capitoline LLP of
United Kingdom in Lagos to address these
challenges faced by DC stakeholders, Mr
Flowerday explained that DC would
achieve efficient energy utilization
with adherence to international tier
best practice/standards in both the
design and operational management.
The Director, Business and Strategy,
KITS Technologies limited, Mr. Taofeek
Okoya also disclosed that a good
understanding of the design concept,
strict compliance to Tier standards and
green Agenda metrics could seriously
save most Data centres in Nigeria of
these avoidable failures. He said
according to reports, major data centres
experience a critical collapse and loss
of availability, somewhere in the world,
in every two weeks. In nearly every
case, these failures are preventable
with improved design and operational
procedures. The training of Data centre
operatives locally in Nigeria is aimed
at reducing the likelihood of these
mishaps in any of the Data Centres in
PRE-ENFORCEMENT NOTICE AND WARNING ON
ILLEGAL AND FRAUDULENT REGISTRATION AND
SALE OF FULLY ACTIVATED NEW SIM CARDS
The attention of the Nigerian
Communications Commission has been drawn
to the continuous, illegal and
unauthorized registration and sale of
fully activated New SIM Cards to the
members of the general public.
It has come to the notice of the
Commission that Service Providers still
activate SIM Card with any information
presented or submitted by their
Registration Agents and or Registration
Centers without strictly validating if
the sent information meets the required
specification set by the Registration of
Telephone Subscribers Regulation 2011.
Note that the Commission had earlier on
April 12, 2012 warned against fraudulent
registration and sales of fully
activated New SIM Cards by
vendors/dealers and have since begun the
process of enforcing the provisions of
Network Service providers are therefore
further warned that they have the duty
to among others;
Closely monitor the activities of their
Registration Agents and Centers and
ensure that their SIM Cards are not
fraudulently registered for sale.
Warn all their Registration Agents and
Centers to desist from registering New
SIM Cards presented in their sealed
packs. New SIM Cards should only be
registered either while inserted into
mobile handsets by subscribers or fully
detached from its pack.
Since Service Providers are responsible
for the activation of New SIM cards they
will be liable for breaches by their
registration centres involved in
fraudulent registration and sales of New
Henceforth, the Commission will hold
Service Providers culpable for
activating SIM cards with incomplete or
false details. Our enforcement team has
begun the process of fishing out such
agents for which the network operators
will be held accountable.
The Commission by this notice, requests
that all Service Providers direct their
Registration Centers and Agents to stop
registration of SIM cards that are in
sealed packs. All Service Providers are
by this notice and with immediate effect
mandated to remove from circulation all
fraudulently registered SIM cards within
their distribution channels.
Notice is hereby given that Enforcement
exercise on fraudulent registration and
sale of fully activated SIM Cards is
ongoing and the consequences of such
illegal activity may include arrest,
detention, investigation, sanction and
prosecution in accordance with the
Nigerian Communications Act, 2003 and
the Registration of Telephone
Subscribers Regulation 2011.
The Commission considers it important to
warn the general public and Network
Service Providers that there shall be no
proxy registration of Subscribers. New
SIM Cards must be personally registered
with the Network Service Providers or
their appointed agents.
Director, Public Affairs
Zachary Bogue, Marissa Mayers husband
twitted information Monday morning that
their son, yet to be named, arrived
Sunday evening. Baby boy Bogue born last
night. Mom and baby are doing great--we
couldn't be more excited
Marissa took over as CEO at Yahoo in
July and has been combining ante natal
responsibilities at home with corporate
reforms in the office.
FUTURE BUILT ON BROADBAND
International Telecommunications Union,
The Internet is changing. From
narrowband to broadband, from kilobits
to Gigabits, from connected people to
our networked world is changing in
speed, size, scale, and scope. Our
ultra-connected future will build on
converged Next-Generation Networks (NGN),
while embracing broader concepts of
embedded intelligence, automated Machine
to Machine (M2M) traffic, and the
Internet of Things.
In our future networked world, we shall
enjoy high-speed connectivity on the
move, roaming seamlessly between
networks, wherever we go
anywhere, anytime, via any device.
Today, the stellar growth of mobile
means that many people now access the
Internet via a mobile device.
Worldwide, mobile phone subscriptions
exceeded 6 billion in early 2012, with
three-quarters of those subscriptions in
the developing world. As the price of
handsets falls and their functionality
increases, soon the vast majority of
people on the planet will hold in their
hand a device with higher processing
power than the most powerful computers
from the 1980s.
In 2011, the number of networked devices
surpassed the global population. By
2020, the number of connected devices
may potentially outnumber connected
people by six to one, transforming our
concept of the Internet, and society,
Internet economy is large and growing
fast by every measure. In 2012, the
Boston Consulting Group estimated the
size of the Internet economy in the G20
countries at around US$ 2.3 trillion or
4.1% of GDP in 2010; by 2016, this could
nearly double to US$ 4.2 trillion2. In
2011, McKinsey estimated that the
Internet accounts for 3.4% of total GDP
and one fifth of all growth in GDP for
the G8 countries plus five major
economies (Rep. of Korea, Sweden,
Brazil, China, and India
McKinsey Global Institute, 20113).
Taking into account the spillover
effects of broadband could boost these
estimates further, as broadband
connectivity is also argued to impact
positively labor productivity (e.g. Booz
& Company, 20094) and job creation (e.g.
Ericsson, Arthur D. Little, 20125,
Shapiro & Hassett, 20126).
The World Bank has estimated that a 10%
increase in broadband penetration could
yield a 1.21 and 1.38% increase in GDP
growth on average for high income and
respectively. Country case studies yield
similar estimates for individual
countries as diverse as Panama, the
Philippines, and Turkey. Broadband is
today a critical infrastructure in the
growing global digital economy, and
countries that fail to invest in
broadband infrastructure risk being
excluded from today�s
online economy, as well as the next
stage of the digital revolution and
Internet Protocol (IP)-enabled broadband
connections are not just about economic
empowerment, however. Always-on
connectivity can improve our lives in a
myriad of ways by providing better
access to health and education, enabling
financial inclusion, facilitating
m-payments, and creating transparency in
government, as just a few examples.
Broadband will ultimately also enable
everyone to access data easily in the
cloud, use video conferencing and Voice
over IP, share updates over social
networks, and outsource
everything from housework to homework.
This will be the cutting-edge case for
those of us able to access high-speed
broadband connections to the Internet.
Large swathes of the industrialized
world can already access high-speed
Internet connectivity at over 5 Mbps;
however, the picture is not as bright
for Africa, much of southern Asia, and
Adapted for reading without the
as presented in ITU Annual Report 2012.
iPhone, now iAPology from Apple
While the euphoria over a successful
launch of Apple�s
iPhone 5 is still reverberating across
all markets where it is already being
sold, Apples words that graphics and
text are incredibly detailed in Maps
fell flat. Mr. Tim Cook, its CEO, had to
apologise for severe gaffs in the
product. And he not only said sorry but
suggested that customers should use
alternative apps in the meantime.
In a statement to its customers shortly
after complaints over the Map reached
unbearable level, Tim Cook said at
Apple, we strive to make world-class
products that deliver the best
experience possible to our customers.
With the launch of our new Maps last
week, we fell short on this commitment.
We are extremely sorry for the
frustration this has caused our
customers and we are doing everything we
can to make Maps better.
It must have been humbling enough to
make the tech-whiz say
improving Maps, you can try alternatives
by downloading map apps from the App
Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or
use Google or Nokia maps by going to
their websites and creating an icon on
your home screen to their web app�.
Portability takes off December
boss Dr Eugene Juwah has again confirmed
that the December 2012 schedule for
Mobile Number portability (MNP) take off
is real. A license went to a consortium
of three companies
Interconnect ClearingHouse, Saab Grintek,
and Telecordia earlier in the year to
prepare the plans and manage MNP for
five years period.
Dr Juwah also used the occasion of a
Telephone Subscribers Summit in Lagos
this week to present a catalogue of
interventions which the Commission
accomplished in the past but which were
never routinely mentioned in industry
comments, reports, and analyses.
These include increase in validity
period of telephone call credit; per
second billing, reduction in SMS tariff,
removal of validity period on recharge
cards, toll free access to NCC�s
contact centre for enquiry and
complaints for the dissatisfied
consumer, and free tolling on customer
care & help lines of service providers.
He also talked about four major
directions which the Commission issued
to Phone Operators on unsolicited
telemarketing; payment of compensation
to consumers due to loss of services
that was occasioned by poor quality of
service; the non existence of customer
care centers in most of the state
capitals and on lowering interconnect
rates for voice/data services and
guidelines for advertisement and
NCC seals 4
illegal SIM Registration Dealers
The Nigerian Communications Commission,
NCC, intensified its war on illegal
pre-registration of SIM cards by sealing
the offices of 4 offending dealers in
Abuja and arresting their executives for
prosecution, last Thursday.
Head of Enforcement Mr. Efosa Idehen
said the current phase of the clampdown
includes tracking the dealers and
impounding the offending machines.
The companies sealed in Abuja include
Correspondence Ltd, Zeph Associates,
Glovic Communications, and Connect
Ground Towers. They were identified as
the source of some of the offending
machines being used by some of the
agents to pre-register SIM cards that
are being sold in the streets.
RIM is very hopeful to bounce back with
RIM has just said in Toronto on Thursday
that it has lowered its loss and hopes
that the launch of Bb10 early next year
(no one has ever hinted on the actual
date) will return it to good reckoning.
Analysts say if Bb10 turns out a very
good stuff for its class, it may
continue to lead the smartphone market
in emerging markets where
people of the world live anyway�.
ITU 2012 Report
makes policy recommendations to maximize
the impact of broadband
The International Telecommunications
Union, ITU, has released its 2012 State
of Broadband Report which much of the
content is devoted to the construction
and use of broadband.
The report advises that strategies to
increase broadband adoption and use must
take into account the full range of
government actions or policies and their
impact on the cost to consumers of
services, devices and relevant apps.
Listing 13 items for inclusion into
broadband roadmap of its members, the
Agency urges governments to:
Explore fresh approaches to spectrum
Policies & Expedite Rights of Way and
Use Universal Service Funds (USFs) and
other financial mechanisms to develop
Consider Reviewing and Updating ICT
Consider a Unified Licensing Regime
Consider Converged Regulation
Reduce taxes and import duties on
telecommunication/ICT equipment and
Stimulate the creation of local content
in local languages
Enhance demand for broadband through
Monitor ICT developments, based on
Incorporate sustainability principles
into ICT regulations and policies
Promote the skills and talents necessary
Worlds best in Internet Freedom beats
USA to 2nd Place
A September 24, 2012 report on a global
assessment of internet and digital media
published by Freedom House says that
although almost a third of the world now
has access to the internet and more than
that number may be using mobile phones,
the consequences of such access in
empowering people to ask for
accountability from their rulers has
resulted in various forms of blockade of
access to the internet.
The report indicates that restrictions
on internet freedom in many countries
have continued to grow, though the
methods of control are slowly evolving
and becoming less visible. Indeed, there
has been intensified censorship,
arrests, and violence against bloggers
as the authorities sought to quell
public calls for political and economic
reform. Some also limit connectivity and
infrastructure, blocking and filtering
content that is critical of the regime,
and arresting users who post information
that is deemed undesirable.
The good story is that despite the
growing threats, the study�s
finds that there is significant uptick
in citizen activism related to internet
freedom, which has produced several
notable mobilization efforts and
legislative victories. The study limits
its coverage to 47 countries only.
The report measures each country�s
level of internet and digital media
freedom. Each country receives a
numerical score from 0 (the most free)
to 100 (the least free), which serves as
the basis for an internet freedom status
designation of Free (0-30 points),
Partly Free (31-60 points), or Not Free
(61-100 points). Ratings are determined
through an examination of three broad
categories: Obstacles to Access, Limits
on Content, and Violation of User
Extract from the global scores for the
47 countries shows Estonia (population,
1.27milion) rates highest in the world
with 10 points beating USA�s
12 points to a second place. Germany and
Australia follow with 15 and 18 points
respectively while South Africa 26,
Nigeria 33, and Egypt 59. In Estonia,
freedom of expression is unhindered,
there is widespread internet access,
e-government services, e-commerce and
Estonia 10 Brazil 27 Indonesia 42
Zimbabwe 54 Burma 75
USA 12 Ukraine 27 Libya 43 Sri Lanka 55
Germany 15 Kenya 29 Malaysia 43
Kazakhstan 58 Uzbekistan 77
Australia 18 Georgia 30 Jordan 45 Egypt
59 Syria 83
Hungary 19 Nigeria 33 Tunisia 46
Thailand 61 China 85
Italy 23 SKorea 34 Turkey 46 Pakistan 63
Philippines 23 Uganda 34 Venezuela 48
Belarus 69 Iran 90
UK 25 Kyrgyzstan 35 Azerbaijan 50
Argentina 26 Mexico 37 Rwanda 51 SArabia
SAfrica 26 India 39 Russia 52 Vietnam
Freedom House, a private independent
organization which supports the
expansion of freedom throughout the
world posits that freedom is possible
only in democratic political systems in
which governments are accountable to
their own people.
The world is
Half of world telecom news space is
conveniently occupied by Google, Apple,
Samsung, and Microsoft. Apple in
particular seems to have held the world
down with the soon-to-come but
now-arrived iPhone 5 which also enjoys
tremendous controversy in media
analysis. It is either one analyst is
much for what has eventually come but,
really, the stuff is good�
or another is saying
like it has ever happened, full stop�.
It is difficult for even the worst
critics of iPhone5 not to recognize its
Long wait for Bb10
Long way to travel is the best way to
describe the almost 4 months yet for
Blackberry 10, RIM�s
next-generation touch-screen smartphone
to appear in the market. That is if what
CEO Thorsten Heins said in July is
anything to go by. Chances are that RIM
will seek prominence outside of USA
where in recent time, the shelves are
running out of any of its products.
Hopefully the Blackberry maker will pay
serious attention to the African markets
especially of South Africa and Nigeria
where it is making very good impression
and enjoying improving patronage. That
much was confirmed by Heins when he was
in Johannesburg last week. According to
Africa is a priority one market for us,
and we will acknowledge that with the
launch of Blackberry 10. There will be
three waves in taking it to global
markets, and South Africa and Nigeria
are in the top range of Wave 1 launches.
We will pay tribute to our customers
here by delivering Blackberry 10 in
South Africa when it is launched,�
Heins also told his audience at the
company's US developers conference last
Tuesday that active testing is
progressing on BB10.