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Broadband Operators canvas for limited users of 2.3GHz Spectrum 

3 Broadband service providers who share 60 MHz of the 2.3 GHz spectrum band have argued that there cannot be justification for expanding the number of users of the entire spectrum in the Nigerian market. 

Mr. Atul Ojha, Chief Operating Officer of SPECTRANET argued in Lagos on Monday that technical and operational problems which are inherent in the Nigerian market would not justify any plan to auction the available 40MHz to a fourth operator. 

Technology experts from QUALCOMM and HUAWEI who also made input into the subject said there are alternative frequency planning schemes that may help service providers to optimize the available frequency resources. 

BbExPro will address access to funding for broadband service provision 

Broadband Expansion Program coordinator, Mr. Titi Omo-Ettu, said in Lagos last weekend that the Broadband workshop which starts on Tuesday March 5 will articulate the funding requirements of participating firms and work out modalities that can truly address the problem and over time make affordable service reach Nigerian everywhere. 

Over 100 delegates have been registered to represent firms which would participate in the program. A working document and specific requests will be made to senior Government officials at the closing ceremony on March 7.

Venue: Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja

Time:  9.00am daily

Participation is for N80,000.00

Contact info@bbexpro.com

 

Draft of Review of the Guidelines on SIM Replacement Is Out 

The Nigerian Communications Commission has developed Guidelines on SIM Replacement in Nigeria for use by the telecommunications industry.

This was necessitated by the need to provide a legal framework and enhance the security of the procedure adopted for SIM Replacement in the Nigerian telecommunications industry.

The Draft Guidelines on SIM Replacement in Nigeria is accessible from the Commission's website at www.ncc.gov.ng.

The Commission invites comments on the Draft Guidelines from the Public and all interested stakeholders to be sent to legal@ncc.gov.ng

 

 

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People with Disabilities set to dialog with TELCOS on Implementation of Disability Law 

Lagos Civil Society Disability Policy Partnership is planning to hold a dialog with Telecommunication Companies and Service providers on a harmonious implementation of the Lagos Law on Disability. The law sets favourable regulations on access to products and services, access to workplaces, employment opportunities and economic empowerment for people with disabilities. 

Sources close to the body indicate that its effort has since received the support of the Nigerian Communications Commission whose thrust on the matter is that telecommunications services must be easily accessible to all citizens without discrimination. The Commission has therefore given institutional support to the Partnership to enable it engage in meaningful dialogue with Telephone Operators, Internet Service Providers and all other players in the industry. 

Spokesman for the organisation, Mr. Ope Akinola, an assistive technology consultant, told CyberSchuulNews that the meeting with industry players is scheduled for Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja. 

The Lagos State Special People's Law is an enactment made to protect persons with all forms of disabilities. 

Under the law, it is an offence for any person or institution to discriminate against a person with disability in any manner or circumstance whatsoever just as it is an offence to subject persons with disability to prejudice or harmful practices. Besides, Companies having dealings with the public shall have among their staff trained persons to attend their customers who are persons with disabilities. It requires employers of labour having staff strength of 100 persons to have at least 10 per cent of such staff consisting of qualified and competent persons with disability.

 

Mobile Operators earn another round of Sanctions 

Sanction in the form of imposition of fines has again been slammed on mobile telephone operators by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, for what the Commission said is a violation of its ban on promos. In a release in Abuja midweek, the Commission said it has compelled Airtel, Etisalat, Globacom and MTN to pay N4m, N6m, N2m and N10m respectively for various levels of infringement of its subsisting ban on product promos. 

Broadband Campaign mobilises industry players for improved access to Investment Funding 

Next week, more than 100 delegates representing industry players who have opted to work together to propose specific demands on major hindrances to broadband expansion especially on issue of access to funding will meet in Lagos. 

The take-off Business Workshop during which a Bill of Requests to be jointly authoured by the Participating Firms will be presented to the Federal Government in a ceremony under the chairmanship of the Hon Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson. 

The Workshop holds March 5 - 7, 2013 at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja.

 

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FG's New webPortal goes live in March 

The Federal Ministry of Communication Technology has planned unified access to Federal Government's information and business via a webportal which will be launched in March. 

This was disclosed last weekend by the Minister, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, at a social media week event in Lagos. She spoke on the subject ‘Showcase: Technology in Governance' and she used the opportunity to report on the e-governance readiness of the Federal Government. 

A Call center service with number 0700CALLGOV is also designed to run on the platform to facilitate enquiries, complaints, problem resolution, to build a knowledge management database and to help support servicom desks. 

The envisaged benefits, according to the Minister, include taming of corruption, increased transparency, greater convenience, revenue growth and cost reduction. 

……..IDEA gets Governing Council 

And the Minister also inaugurated the Governing Board of the National ICT Incubation Programme. The programme has a mandate to support Nigerian ICT Entrepreneurs to create successful businesses that will have global impact and offer support to promising ICT entrepreneurs through ICT incubation centres. It is also known as IDEA - InfoTech Developer Entrepreneurship Accelerator. 

Members of the Governing Council include Mr Adedotun Suleiman, Aristotle Onumo, John Obaro, Juliet Anammah, Mohammed Balarabe, Osayi Alile Oruene, Pius Okigbo Jr., Teemu Kiijarvi, Vincent Olatunji, and Wiebe Boer.

 

 

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UNILAG is UNILAG 

Nigeria's President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, is known to have dropped his desire to change the name of the University of Lagos to something else. This became known when the newly installed Chancellor of the University, Prof Jerry Gana, a veteran of All Governments in Power in Nigeria, hailed the President for changing his mind. 

The name-change was roundly condemned by Nigerians who saw it as poor judgment of cheap politics just as the Alumni of the University took the President to court to stop the name change. 

Although an orchestra of presidential aides made elaborate effort to justify the name change by sponsoring television opinionists to teach Nigerians that Harvard is the name of a person, they probably eventually tired out of pushing the subject.

 

 

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BROADBAND EXPANSION PROGRAM Speaker Line-Up released for Broadband Business Workshop  

Telecom Answers Associates, Program Manager of the Broadband Expansion Program has released a confirmed list of speakers and commercial presentations for the business workshop scheduled for March 5 - 7 2013 in Lagos. 

A release for the BbExPro Steering Committee says the Hon Minister of Communication Technology and the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission would give keynote speeches on the Workshop Theme which is ‘Access to Funding as a Critical Requirement of Extending Broadband Internet Access to Nigerians'. 

Director of Universal Service Provision Fund will also address the workshop on ‘Opportunities of and Application of USPF to Expanding Broadband Infrastructure and Services' 

Resource speakers include Dr Olunifesi Suraj on ‘Mapping the Broadband Investment Opportunities in Nigeria' while Mr Sam Obafemi will lead discussion on ‘Business Processes and Business Performance'. 

Other confirmed speakers and participants are drawn from MainOne, VDT, Ericsson, AFINBO/AFL etc. 

Various Commercial Presentations aimed at featuring key broadband products and services which are already on offer in Nigeria or about to be introduced to the market are also on the line up of major presentations at the workshop. 

Program Coordinator, Mr. Titi Omo-Ettu said mid-week in Lagos that there are still opportunities for product exhibition and service introduction. He said that a funding requirement working document of the participating firms would be handed over to government at one of the ceremonies of the Workshop. 

 

PUBLIC NOTICE 

REVIEW OF THE MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY REGULATIONS 2013 (DRAFT) 

The Commission in furtherance of its powers under the Nigerian Communications Act has developed Mobile Number Portability Regulations, 2013 (draft) for telecommunications service providers in Nigeria.  This was necessitated by the need to provide a legal framework  for the Administration of Number Portability in Nigeria with a view to improving subscriber satisfaction and encouraging healthy competition among operators. 

The Draft Mobile Number Portability Regulations is accessible at the Commission's website at www.ncc.gov.ng   

By this notice, the Commission invites comments on the Draft Regulations from the Public and all interested stakeholders.   All submissions should be addressed to: 

                                The Executive Vice Chairman

                                Nigerian Communications Commission

                                Plot 423 Aguiyi Ironsi Way

                                Maitama, Abuja.

(Attention:  Josephine Amuwa)

And also sent by e-mail to legal@ncc.gov.ng

 

 

All submissions should reach the Commission on or before March 4, 2013 

 

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James Dyson, Britain's most inventive man criticizes his country for neglecting engineering and manufacturing 

Inventor James Dyson is taking on the British government over its lack of support for engineering and manufacturing. 

For a man who is doing quite nicely, James Dyson is in a punchy mood. The one-time struggling inventor might have reason to relax now that he is a self-made multibillionaire and perhaps the greatest individual success of modern British industry. A third of British homes now have a Dyson machine and 85 per cent of his products are sold overseas. 

But Dyson, 65, still has the pugilistic attitude that powered him through three decades of frustration, lawsuits and commercial battles with rival manufacturers, intellectual property thieves and banks that would not lend to a guy working in his own backyard to try to develop a better vacuum cleaner.

Having built a company with a $1.5 billion turnover since manufacturing his first bagless vacuum cleaner at the age of 46, Dyson is now taking on what he sees as government neglect and even snobbery against engineering and manufacturing in the UK and Australia. 

"It is so frustrating and short-sighted that both countries continue to take engineering industries for granted instead of understanding how important they are for a modern economy," he said during an interview in his firm's London office. "Australia has handled some aspects of this better than we have in the UK but you are behind in other ways and still making many of the same mistakes." 

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One of his pet hates is to hear government ministers talk about the need to support "the creative industries", which he believes are either not that creative or not even real "industries" at all. Architects, insurance executives and airline managers talk about their "products" when they actually sell services, he notes, although he reserves much of his venom for the advertising industry. 

"Of all the creative jobs I have encountered," he wrote in his autobiography Against the Odds, "it is advertising people who make the most song and dance about creativity. And, you know, they are not creative at all. When I think of the real creation that my designers are involved in, and compare it with these 'creatives' who are earning so much to just sit around in the Groucho Club [an upmarket London media club] and be generally useless, it makes me vomit. 

"I can't go on supporting an industry like that, I'm afraid."

 

 

 

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Phase3 Telecom Initiative lands broadband internet access in Nigerian schools 

Abuja based high-grade schools which give priority to e-learning platforms are known to be taking advantage of a broadband provider's initiative of extending broadband internet access to schools across Nigeria.                                                                                                                      

Pioneer Aerial Fibre Infrastructure Company, Phase 3 Telecom Ltd has been extending broadband connectivity to several schools under an initiative which the company envisions to reposition education and make teaching and learning functional. The firm is partnering with the Federal Ministry of Education to build a digital bridge for schools in line with the Nigerian Broadband Roadmap. 

Baze University in Abuja is the latest beneficiary of this initiative coming after schools such as Spring Hall British School, Cradle to Crayon School, Centagon International School and The Regent Secondary School in Abuja have been hooked on.

 

Chief Executive of Phase3 Telecom, Mr. Stanley Jegede on whose passion for radical change in local education  content and reach the initiative is based said “The ability for the Nigerian student to go beyond the knowledge of their teachers through research via eBooks and eLibrary is the cultural shift that takes education from the conventional platform of lecture and teacher focused education to a more open collaborate approach that reaches beyond school hours, beyond classroom walls, and between geographically dispersed locations.”

 

Phase3 Telecom says its goal for 2013 is, among other plans, is to improve the learning experience of the Nigerian child by connecting its robust and reliable internet network to more Nigerian schools since there is still tremendous work to be done for  deploying ICT facilities in the Nigerian education sector.

 

 

UNILAG sets e-admin Target

 

Prof Rahamon Adisa Bello told a convocation assembly at the University of Lagos on Tuesday that the University has commenced a phase of e-administration transition that would make it go 50% paperless at the end of the first phase of the process.

 

 

He was giving an acceptance speech at his inauguration as the 11th Vie-Chancellor of the University in Akoka, Lagos, an event which also coincides with 50th founders anniversary of the Institution.

 

He announced that a 25 years Strategic Plan has also just been approved by the University Council.

 

 

 

Commonplace broadband access is do-able

 

PUNCH, Nigeria's authoritative and most widely read newspaper reported in a story titled Broadband access profitable to business, governance - Omo-Ettu on Tuesday that the coordinator of a Broadband Expansion Program said in Lagos that access to ubiquitous broadband infrastructure is achievable.

 

 

 

 

Broadband access profitable to business, governance - Omo-Ettu

BY DAYO OKETOLA, PUNCH, FEBRUARY 5, 2013

 

A telecommunications engineer, Mr. Titi Omo-Ettu, has said that access to broadband by everybody is profitable to industry and governance.

 

Omo-Ettu, who is the former President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, maintained that broadband access everywhere in the country was achievable.

 

He argued that the dividing line between the haves and the have-nots in access to broadband Internet was determined by the relative ease with which those who provided last mile services were accessible to investment funding.

 

Omo-Ettu said, “This is because Nigeria has conquered the major hindrance normally caused by lack of understanding on the part of government, because today, all of us, government, operators and other service providers, are speaking the same voice.

 

“We all have agreed that access to broadband for everybody is profitable to industry and especially to governance, and Nigerians are easy to mobilise once we give them access to electricity and total communication.”

 

According to him, the broadband roadmap is one of the unusual issues on which government, its agencies, the private sector and industry activists are all saying the same thing and all agree on the direction of travel.

 

“Our industry liberalisation did not come on a platter of gold. It came on high bargaining and eventually by divine intervention because while the military operatives of the early 1990s did not agree with all arguments in favour of liberalisation of the telecoms sector, the head of government at the time switched to the side of a campaign for liberalisation and that was the joker that did it. The remaining is now history, both the good and the bad,” Omo-Ettu said.

 

According to him, top officials of government support the campaign while all the agencies of government are also part of the effort to make Nigerians have access to broadband resources.

 

“So, there is no way we will not break through once we tidy up on all the minor issues that are being worked upon at the moment,” he added.

 

Omo-Ettu used the broadband expansion programme, which he is coordinating, as an example of agencies of government being in agreement with the private sector as a culmination of all that had been said at several conferences and summits.

 

“Somebody just now needs to press some buttons and the gates may just start opening up,” he said.

 

He explained that the programme was about fashioning a better means of accessing funds for the industry players who had the capability to deliver national backbone and last mile services but were hampered by lack of access to investment and operational funding.

 

The irony, he said, was that while foreign financial institutions were prodding foreigners to bring in large investments into our local market, the local financial institutions were not geared towards empowering small and medium enterprises,  which is the class to which those who brought services to the last mile belonged.

 

According to him, the broadband expansion programme is not a conference but an implementation of conference results.

 

The business workshop component, according to him, is designed to make all willing and capable service providers to jointly work out how best to take the next move, which is already identified.

 

taken from http://www.punchng.com/business/technology/broadband-access-profitable-to-business-governance-omo-ettu/

 

 

 

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Analysis Report Blackberry 10 at last RIM drops name for Blackberry

 

Seemed like eternity to come but RIM's Blackberry 10 launch date, January 30 2013 eventually came. Blackberry Z10, and Q10 were presented by CEO Thorsten Heins.

Myths about the look, the features, and the price got shattered but the real news is that Research in Motion Ltd said it now wants to be called just Blackberry.

 

 

New Blackberry 10 whose actual look ‘leaked several times over' was finally launched earlier today in Manhattan New York and six other cities worldwide. The issue is if its coming will return the pioneer Smartphone maker to the top rank, at least in USA. RIM needs this launch like hell, just to do that.

 

Emerging markets? No problem, perhaps. It is the numbers that count and emerging markets have it. Just that the USA sets the trend in technology applications. Nigeria for example is one surprising large (maybe not big) market if we are sure it is not a pirated devices' den. ‘Everybody goes about with a Bb here' said a CyberschuulNews contact.

 

RIMS is also targeting carriers, a smart move indeed as far as theory goes.

 

 

AFRINIC Calls for Local Hosts

for 2013 AFRINIC Training Workshops

 

The AFRINIC Training Squad has raised a notice it seeks to benefit from offers from industry support for its IPv6 training. It trained over 450 engineers in thirteen (13) training workshops covering Internet Number Resources Management and Internet Protocol version Six (IPv6) for both engineers and managers in 20102 using support of various stakeholders.

 

 

 

It is looking up to Government regulators, National ISP or IXP Associations, Internet Service Providers, Universities and other Higher Educational Institutions, Research and Education Network organisations, Country Network Operator Groups to offer  support for benefits. Please use:

 

http://training.afrinic.net/index.php/en/events/request-training

 

Smartphone thief gets 3 years Jail

 

 

 

An Ikare Magistrate's Court is reported to have jailed a local thief 3 years for stealing a blackberry phone.

 

Another Court in Abuja one day earlier imposed a jail term of 2 years with an option of N750,000 fine on a government official who stole N23billion

 

The phone thief went to jail while the billion Naira thief went home after paying the fine.

Sounds like CyberschuulNewsJoke? But it is true story.

 

All happening in the Nigerian judicial system.

 

 

 

 

 

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NCC GIVES DIRECTION: SMS to cost N4 per message from February 5

 

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, said during the week that it has set a cap of N4 per message for local off-net SMS.  It did not mention the characters-count on what may constitute 'one message' under the new charge rate.

 

 

In a public statement, the Commission said it had since January 3, 2013 communicated a direction to telephone operators to obey the new cap price on local off-net SMS with effect from February 5, 2013.

 

The Commission would not place a price cap on International SMS at this time but would encourage operators to work towards lowering the cost of International SMS.

The Full Text Press Release is published elsewhere on this page.

 

 

 

Cell Phone for Farmers was aimed at curbing corruption - Minister

 

The Full Text of Dr Akinwunmi Adesina's Press Conference of January 14, 2013 eventually made it to the  CyberschuulNews inbox.

 

 

The Minister explained that past effort of government to subsidize fertilizers for farmers merely subsidized corruption and not farmers. The new scheme, according to him, replaces a government-controlled programme that purchased fertilizer and seeds with one that supplies farmers through the private sector, using vouchers distributed via mobile phones.

 

‘We intend to get about 2 million phones to farmers who do not have phones this year. How will these phones be paid for and how will they be distributed?.'

 

And he explained: ‘We intend to use the GES scheme to distribute these phones. To be entitled to a phone, farmers must be registered on the e-wallet platform. Paper vouchers will be issued to farmers who do not have phones. The government will provide a subsidy to the farmer through the voucher to buy the phone. The farmer takes the voucher to the local mobile phone operator and pays the balance which is the difference between the value of the voucher and the cost of the phone. Once a farmer buys a phone and a SIM card, his new phone number will be update on the e-wallet database and he will be able to receive his e-wallet voucher which will entitle him to purchase fertilizer and seeds at subsidized rates. Phones will be sold directly to farmers by local mobile phone service providers.'

 

He did not explain the substantive issue of the divergence of understanding of the project between himself and his Permanent Secretary.  In fact the Permanent Secretary must have been shielded from the media since she dropped the puzzling hint. The Permanent Secretary was quoted to have said between N4,000 and N6,000 would be spent on cell phone for each farmer but the minister avoided using figures.

 

Those are the real issues and not a contest of his competence as a world class agriculturist and commitment to the national cause on which he spent 5 pages and 2,826 words to talk about.

 

The good story is that the Minister might have modified himself which is good and honourable.

 

It is unlike the Aerostat Balloon Telecommunications project of 1976 which Federal Government officials went into amidst public criticism and they ended up piling debt for the present generation to pay. Ditto for Rural Telephony Project which Federal Government went into against good advice in 2002 for $200million and today there are no rural phones anywhere.

 

 

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Broadband Expansion Program, BbExPro 2013 and Beyond

Organizers say the Program is up to a good start

 

Explanations in the form of answers to an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) are already being provided to firms which have registered to benefit from the Broadband Expansion Program which Telecom Answers Associates, is coordinating in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission.

 

 

 

The FAQ explains that the major objective of the Program is to facilitate a funding process for firms which engage in businesses that relate to and are capable of rapidly extending broadband infrastructure to the hinterlands and also building sufficient content on the web to make last mile type of businesses attractive to investors.

 

The document explains that the process is an implementation of several years of conferences and summits which sought to provide a roadmap for driving local broadband extension efforts of government and industry players.

 

It says it has taken several years of collaborative work with different bodies and also with government agencies especially the Nigerian Communications Commission to arrive at this process.

 

Although there is a Business Workshop component of the process which is scheduled for March 5 - 7, 2013 in Lagos, the Initiative is not an Event that begins and stops with a workshop, but a Process which looks at the next 36 months of active coordination work to produce sustainable results.

 

While the Program envisages that there are bound to be contending issues as the implementation proceeds, there is sufficient information and experience to contain them just as it had been in over two decades when other previous and similar initiatives had helped to put the industry on good track.

 

Coordinator of the Program Mr. Titi Omo-Ettu, an engineer, says the program actually kicked off last December with an ongoing production of industry information on which a sustainable process will be hinged. He says although the Program is already firmed up and running, ‘the door never closes on any player in a solution of this type'.

 

Please visit the programs website (www.bbexpro.com.ng ) for more information and updates.

 

Firms which play in the Communication Technology Industry are advised to visit http://www.cyberschuulnews.com/telecom_players_profiles.html  (or Click here) to consider whether or not they want to be enlisted into future publications of industry data.

 

 

 

 

Food, Farmers and Fones

Agric Ministry's initiative explained

but still remains unclear

 

Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina has denounced the report which quoted his Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, to have said the Federal Government would spend N6000 to purchase each of 10 million cell phones to empower rural farmers.

 

 

 

Ridiculous as the initiative had presented, Dr Adesina's credible pedigree and track record of professional service helped to dissuade analytical Nigerians from taking the Permanent Secretary's alleged statement as gospel. Yet the story, going by radio, television, internet, and newspaper commentaries, rattled all government officials who were connected with the initiative.

 

Although Dr Adesina eventually appeared at a Press conference early in the week to say there was no N60billion waiting anywhere to be spent on cell phones, he did not come out clear on what would be spent by the Federal Government and how it would be administered for farmers to produce more food for Nigerians.

To use some newspaper account of the Press Conference, Dr Adesina was quoted to have said ‘To be entitled to a phone, farmers must be registered on the e-wallet platform. Paper vouchers will be issued to farmers who do not have phones. The government will provide a subsidy to the farmer through the voucher to buy the phone. The farmer takes the voucher to the local mobile phone operator and pays the balance which is the difference between the value of the voucher and the cost of the phone. Once a farmer buys a phone and a SIM card, his new phone number will be updated on the e-wallet database and he will be able to receive his e-wallet voucher which will entitle him to purchase fertiliser and seeds at subsidised rates.'

 

That did not explain the wide difference between the Minister's thought process and what his Permanent Secretary thought the whole project was about.

 

The Minister spent time philosophising when all that was required was a convincing explanation of his reforms. According to him ‘I have stolen no man's silver, nor demanded any man's gold, and will continue to drive bold innovation and reforms to fully modernise and transform the agricultural sector. That is my remit from the President and that is exactly what we will do, as I continue to serve my nation with the highest level of vision, passion, personal integrity and dedication'.

 

Fine. But Nigerians still think something does not add up yet.

 

 

 

Americans ask their Government to de-fund ITU

 

An effort to make the government of United States of America withdraw its further funding of ITU has been raised in the form of a de-fund ITU campaign. This is fallout of their inability to prevent ITU from promoting the take over of internet governance by governments that seek to control the Internet.

   

 

According to a recently launched website http://defundtheitu.org  , countries such as China, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Venezuela who are unified by their view that the freedoms enabled by the Internet are a greater danger to their mechanisms of social control than they are a benefit to their economies.

 

 

The ITU has supported the move of those countries in their bid to overthrow the open and transparent system of Internet governance that ensures the Internet's freedom and accessibility, and replace it with their own central point of absolute control, through which policies of censorship and repression could be enacted.

 

The promoters argue that their petition is not asking the U.S. government to take any unprecedented first step; 'many of (our) free-market democratic allies, led by Germany, France, Spain, and Finland, have already de-funded the ITU'. Likewise, they say, ‘right-thinking American companies like IBM, Cingular, Microsoft, Fox, Agilent, Sprint, Harris, Loral, and Xerox, and others, have already withdrawn their private-sector contributions from the ITU'.

 

They therefore consider it a logical follow through to the Senate and House resolutions condemning the ITU's attack against the Internet and directing the State Department to combat it.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE 

KITS and Capitoline start data centre expert certification in Nigeria

 

 

 

Capitoline LLP, a Data Centre engineering consultancy from the UK, and local partner KITS Technologies, have continued to roll out the industry leading Data Centre Expert, DCE certification qualification in Nigeria since 2012.

 

The DCE programme was the world's first Data Centre facilities engineering training and it started in 2005. It has been presented in over twenty countries to over 1000 companies. With authorized design accreditation from uptime institute, the training is a recognized technical professional qualification in both the US and Europe by BICSI and Chartered Building Services Engineers.

 

The five-day Data Centre Expert programme focuses at both the technical design requirements for a Data Centre and the operational management aspects required for the successful management of an existing or planned Data Centre.

 

In a statement by Capitoline founding partner, Barry Elliott, who said on Tuesday at the commencement of Q1 2013 training session, “DCE is based on international standards such as TIA 942 and ISO 27000 and offers a completely manufacturer independent view of the industry and its technical requirements. It focuses particularly on the design of successful power and cooling and other facilities of Data Centers. We are pleased to introduce the DCE programme to Nigeria after successful rollouts in two other African countries and across the Middle East."

 

Also, the director, Business and Strategy, KITS Technologies - Taofeek Okoya said that KITS and Capitoline commenced the DCE training course in Nigeria in 2012 with more sessions already planned for 2013. He further said the Data Centre Market is growing and the need for professionals to manage the Data Centre investment proficiently cannot be over-emphasized. The DCE training programme runs concurrently with Capitoline's Data Centre Audit programme, whereby Data Centres can be accredited to an international standard.

 

 

 

The Promise of Blackberry 10

 

Blackberry maker, Research in Motion, RIM is keeping the actual configuration of its Blackberry 10 which is expected at the end of this month close to its chest. Information fixed from hints from RIM trainees, and its associates and however made analysts claim that the new xx is capable of being top of the chart.

 

 

One such account says it will come as an 1800mAh battery, 4.2-inch display 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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