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FG kick starts youth empowerment with Students Computer-Ownership Program

The Ministry of Communication Technology lived to its pledge to confront the problems of youth empowerment, and to increase production capacity of local computer manufacturers with a launch of the Students PC Ownership Scheme during the week.

The Minister, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, said at the launch in Abuja that the technology used to power the initiative was developed by a group of extremely talented Nigerian software developers.

She emphasised that the initiative is in line with two of the mandates of the Ministry, first, to promote the utilization of ICTs in all sphere of life-with education as a priority, and the second to promote and facilitate the development of the ICT industry.

She argued; ‘As you well know, our youth tend to be most critical, vocal and demanding of goods and services they procure. Once they are sold however they will be the greatest advocates of the brand and will demonstrate loyalty well beyond their student years.  Providing them with computers that are built to exacting world class standards, designed with Nigeria in mind and aesthetically pleasing will go a long way to earning this loyalty’

 

Lagos State Government casts  a fresh fish net at telecoms firms 

The maneuvers of Lagos State to regulate telecommunications and collect fat taxes from the operators went full cycle during the week when the Urban Furniture Regulatory Unit, UFRU, announced imposition of N3m and N1m annual taxes on each of the existing and new telecommunication towers in the state. 

Subsequently, operators are requested to pay 15 per cent of the charges as annual dues to the state government through the Urban Furniture Regulatory Unit. 

The UFRU was recently established by the Lagos Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to regulate activities of telecoms operators, Internet Service Providers. It replaces LASIMRA which the courts ruled out of existence a few years ago because it was illegally established to regulate telecommunications which the Nigerian Constitution makes an exclusive federal jurisdiction.

President of ALTON, Association of Licensed Telephone Operators of Nigeria, Mr. Gbenga Adebayo, told ‘A state of Telecoms Services in Nigeria’ media briefing mid-week that his association might be left with no alternative than to return to the Courts. 

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The Broadband Expansion Program is practically the implementation stage of various endeavours by several bodies and organizations to develop a roadmap for widespread exploitation of broadband internet access to complement efforts of Governments and enhance productivity.  

In several of such previous efforts, our firm had played partnership to articulate the way forward and it considers that now is time to mobilise the industry. 

Under this program, willing industry players will be coordinated via a process of capacity development and strategic funding mobilisation to attract investment into extension services of broadband infrastructure, content development, and to generally propagate multimedia services into all areas of Nigeria. 

The program is open to all subsectors of the communication technology industry including telephone operators, internet service providers, infrastructure builders, equipment manufacturers and vendors, content builders, consultants, financial institutions and the media. 

It will start, very shortly, with a capacity building workshop in which delegates of participating firms will be hosted, The workshop is not a talkshop but an active review of the results of past works in the forms of conferences, forums and summits held to articulate the way forward and an expose of how the Program will run.  

It will take 36 months in the first instance to engage the program and review milestones attained. 

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Special Protection sought for Telecom Infrastructure 

The Nigerian Communications Commission has repeated its take that telecoms infrastructure be made a critical national asset that should be accorded due protection. 

NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Dr. Eugene Juwah, stressed this at the 70th edition and 9th anniversary of Telecoms Consumer Parliament, a monthly industry engagement with telecoms consumers, stressing that the over $25bn local and Foreign Direct Investments in the sector deserves to be given adequate protection. 

A telecommunications engineer, Mr. Titi Omo-Ettu, also argued in an anniversary Lecture at the occasion that although telecommunications infrastructure were built by service providers, they are actually owned by the public since the cost of construction is usually paid off over time, by consumers. He therefore urged citizens to see such properties as belonging to them and therefore desirous of being jealously protected by them. 

Mr. Omo-Ettu spoke on Telecom Infrastructure Imperative to Quality of Service and urged the Nigerian Communication Commission to proactively measure traffic in the telephone networks and use the results to analise problems of quality even before telephone users feel the stresses that may be inherent in the networks.

 

KITS Plans to reduce Data Centre outages and its causes 

Since Data Centre remains the needed key business enabler to grow major ICT business of the future, KITS Technologies Ltd through a strategic alliance with Capitoline, a UK-based Data Centre Specialist had been engaging aggressively in human capacity development of Data Centre operators, consultants and managers, involved in the design, specification and operation of data centers and technical rooms in Nigeria to reduce outages and encourage Data Centre Energy Efficiency. 

Data Centre (DC) outages are known to be high and there is a growing need to have a next-generation data center with reduced complexity to serve as the needed business enabler and to deliver breakthrough economic benefits.

It is on this background that KITS held a press conference recently to find solution to Data Centre failures and outages. General Manager – Sales & Marketing, Mr. Kazeem Keshinro told the audience that there is high necessity for Data Centre owners to build competent human capacity to manage these high cost infrastructure. This would help reduce unwarranted complex operational procedures and assure world class operational management style, reduce operational waste and deliver the needed breakthrough economic benefits.

Customer Relationship Manager, Ms Queen Adaji, observed that the technology space is moving at a lightning speed, with ample room and opportunities for the technically-savvy ones and no space for the deficient. She added that Data Centre is a multi-billion naira investment that cannot be left in the hands of personnel lacking deep knowledge of what is takes to manage the expensive infrastructure.

 KITS Technologies Ltd will hold her next independent, non vendor-based Data Centre training necessary to equip Data Centre managers and put them in-tune with the latest in DC Operation and management standards covering design concept, energy efficient cooling, power requirement, strict compliance to Tier standards, correct operational procedures, capacity management, green Agenda metrics and lots more.

 

CyberschuulNews 498

Telephone Service to improve as MTN refurbishes network amidst vandalisation, flooding 

Nigeria’s largest mobile telephone provider by subscriber base, MTN, told the media in Lagos on Tuesday that although the issues of insecurity and destructive flooding indeed added to the problems of keeping mobile telephone infrastructure in top form, its network would still be delivered as a re-built one by end of first quarter of 2013 

Corporate Services Executive, Mr. Wale Goodluck, said a massive network modernisation and swap-out exercise which began in July, 2012 would continue in spite of the disruptions by vandals and flooding.

The network overhaul exercise will affect 4,000 of the over 10, 000 cell-sites scattered across the country. 

              

Telephone Operators renew case for Increased Co-location 

Three telecommunications engineers who are currently Heads of transmission optimisation in MTN, AirTel and Etisalat were unanimous in endorsing co-location as a stimulant to improved quality and optimiser of infrastructure resources within the Nigerian Telecommunications network.

This was the opinion they expressed on Day 1 of 2 days of NCC's Consultative Forum on improvement in utilisation of Microwave Frequency at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja on Tuesday.  Delegates also nodded in agreement with the engineers just as Mr. Ernest Ndukwe, a telecommunications engineer and Chairman Open Media Group took the Forum through the process of Spectrum Allocation and Challenges in the development of national telecommunications infrastructure.

Recommendations also included the need for an all inclusive industry-wide frequency-use Committee and a carefully managed expansion of virtual private network operations in the country. 

              

NCC directs Operators to provide instant Call Bills 

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has directed telephone operators to provide instant call charge details by sms at the end of every call. The service is to be provided free of charge complete with details of cost of each call and available balance at the end of the call. It is to take effect from November 1, 2012. 

A release from the Commission says an operator which fails to commence the service will be liable to a fine of N5m as sanction and a further N500,000 per day for as long as the contravention persists. 

A Direction on the matter had since been issued to the operators in August 2012.               

Starcomms, Multilinks, MTS merger  will operate as Starcomms

News emerged midweek that Capcom, the emerging company from the fusion of Starcomms, Multilinks, and MTS has reached an agreement with the Board of Starcomms Plc to make $210m capital investment in the latter and to operate as Starcomms.

Effectively, MTS will contribute is spectrum License while Multilinks will contribute is CDMA mobile telecom business into the new consolidated Starcomms. 

With the benefit of the 20 MHz of contiguous 1900MHz spectrum to be held by the consolidated operations promoters of the merger said Starcomms would be at the forefront of the shift away from current generation of services into a Long Term Evolution technology platform capable of delivering new 4G and related data and other services that will offer customers substantially improved performance.               

CommTech Ministry raises the stakes in IT Applications  

Good ideas and focused implementation are apt descriptions of a catalogue of policy thrust and truly thoughtful federal projects which the Minister of Communication Technology revealed early in the week at Tinapa, Cross River state. 

At the ISPON's National Software Conference and Competition, the Minister, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, said that the Federal Government has embraced the concept of cloud computing and infact using it to manage some of its core operations.  

Besides, the PC ownership program under which students will be supported with cash to obtain their individual assets would be launched on Thursday.  

She also revealed that the Federal Government is already in partnership with the private sector to develop a framework that will increase the number of IT innovation hubs in the country. Two pilot hubs based on this new framework will be established this year. These centres are enablers for growing ideas and innovation of the Nigerian ICT Entrepreneurs and software developers can be incubated to successful IT businesses in Nigeria and across the region. At these centres, incubates will be provided with facilities, free software development tools, mentoring, business and technical training and business advisory services.  

The ISPON's national Conference has now become a regular feature in the calendar of ICT events and it is a testament to the growing importance of local software development industry. The software competition helps not only to discover and promote local talent in the software industry but it also increases the awareness of the need to nurture and develop that same talent to support and fuel the growth of the industry.

       

MTN refurbishes network amidst vandalisation, flooding: Pledges better service 

Nigeria’s largest mobile telephone provider by subscriber base, MTN, told the media in Lagos on Tuesday that although the issues of insecurity and destructive flooding indeed added to the problems of keeping mobile telephone infrastructure in top form, its network would still be delivered as a re-built one by end of first quarter of 2013

Corporate Services Executive, Mr. Wale Goodluck, said a massive network modernisation and swap-out exercise which began in July, 2012 would continue in spite of the disruptions by vandals and flooding. 

The network overhaul exercise will affect 4,000 of the over 10, 000 cell-sites scattered across the country.

 NEW MOBILE: Cisco mounts campaign for Wi-Fi as broadband expander

Peter Ford and Stuart Taylor, both directors at Cisco, said Nigeria needed to accelerate Wi-Fi hot spots to drive Internet connectivity in the face of challenge to last-mile broadband connectivity.

They spoke via a tele-press conference with Nigerian media midweek insisting that as demand for mobile devices and network connectivity continues to grow, both Wi-Fi and traditional mobile networks will be critical to meeting the needs of mobility-enabled consumers.               

Telephone Operators renew case for Increased Co-location 

Three telecommunications engineers who are currently Heads of transmission optimisation in MTN, AirTel and Etisalat were unanimous in endorsing co-location as a stimulant to improved quality and optimiser of infrastructure resources within the Nigerian Telecommunications network.

This was the opinion they expressed on Day 1 of 2 days of NCC's Consultative Forum on improvement in utilisation of Microwave Frequency at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja on Tuesday.  Delegates also nodded in agreement with the engineers just as Mr. Ernest Ndukwe, a telecommunications engineer and Chairman Open Media Group took the Forum through the process of Spectrum Allocation and Challenges in the development of national telecommunications infrastructure. 

Recommendations also included the need for an all inclusive industry-wide frequency-use Committee and a carefully managed expansion of virtual private network operations in the country.                

                 

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ISPON Signs MOU on Software Knowledge Park  with Government of Cross River State

The Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria, ISPON, and the Government of Cross River State signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday, 9th of October 2012, at the State Capital, Calabar, Cross River State.

The main objectives include but not limited to collaborative:

Technology Innovation Development and diffusion through Technology incubation with special emphasis on extended collaboration in current areas and initiatives such as the Software Innovation Cup Competition; establishment of Software Engineering Institute in the Tinapa Technology City and stimulating the formation of new knowledge-centric and technology-based industries amongst others. 

 

CyberschuulNews 496 

 Call for digital innovation policies for Nigeria reverberates 

A weekend breakfast meeting of the School of Media and Communications, Pan Africa University, Lagos Business School has suggested holistic digital innovations as policy objective to take Nigeria into the next level of development. 

At a three hour interactive session in Lagos on the theme Policy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Saturday senior industry players expressed the desire that Nigeria converts the Yahoo Yahoo boys into the next league of people who will drive digital revolution frontiers in Nigeria. 

Besides they recommended that Nigeria must use new laws and regulations to punish online fraudsters who are giving Nigeria the bad name and support those entrepreneurs who are ready to take connectivity across the nooks and crannies of the country.                

               

 Power: Privatisation process starts wobbling 

The initial stages of a failing privatisation process of power distribution companies started this week when three governors whose states went into a consortium to bid for one of the distribution companies rejected the bidding process that produced Vigeo Power Consortium as winner of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (Benin Disco). They called it a faulty process and a fraud. 

Many newspapers reported a press conference in which the governors of Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole; Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; and Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan told newspaper reporters that they have rejected the process and asked for a review. 

Using PUNCH report as lead, the newspaper reported the governors to have argued that Benin Disco should have been given to Southern Electricity Distribution Company, which they floated alongside Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, who could not attend the press briefing because of the gubernatorial election coming up in the state on Saturday.                

               

 Prospects of Virtualization 

The forthcoming intensive training on DATA CENTRE DESIGN aims directly at creating key transformations that will impact on how to design, plan, construct and manage data centres. 

An excellent understanding of the key elements of data centre design including how to layout the room, the racks and size the air conditioning and electrical systems as well as understanding other systems such as fire protection, detection and suppression as well as data security. 

It is being hosted by KITS Technologies Ltd.                

               

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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