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Latest Nokia Android Phones with Prices and Features (2018)

Take advantage of the comment box to let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to include in this post. I’ll try my best to do that.
The company recently announced the return of the legendary Nokia 3310, mother of all phones. It made the phone even stronger and better to suit modern times.
Now, the company is rolling out new Nokia smartphones to compete with other brands’ flagships, like the Samsung Galaxy phones. It has signed up its new phones (Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 7 Plus, and Nokia Sirocco) to Android One. This means that they run stock Android 8 Oreo and you’ll get the next two updates and 3 years of security updates.
In this post, I list the latest Nokia Android phones (2017 and 2018) with their prices, specs, and features based on time of release, popularity, and availability in major online stores in Nigeria.

How to borrow Data on all Networks in Nigeria 9Mobile Airtel Glo and Mtn

How to borrow Data on all Networks in Nigeria 9Mobile Airtel Glo and Mtn
Ever run out of data and you dont ve much credit unit on your phone to subscribe for a data plan yet you need to check up something online ASAP well here’s how to borrow data from all major available network in Nigeria with ease to give you access to the internet.

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What to Note;
How much data you can borrow solely depends on how active you have been. The more active you have been the more data you can borrow and access. You can even borrow up 3GB of data on some networks if you are very much active.

How to Borrow Data on All networks in Nigeria
You must have been active on any of the networks for the past 3 months before attempting to borrow data. By active, they mean that you must have recharged a minimum of N100 on your line every month in the last 3 months.

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MTN

 Dial * 606# and Select XtraByte. It will bring a list of data bundle you can borrow. Click on the one you want and that’s it. If you are eligible for that data bundle you will get a successfully message upon completion.
GLO

 Dial * 321# and choose from any of the available data bundles.
Airtel

 Dial * 500# and pick the borrow data Option. Then choose any of the data bundles you like.
9mobile

 9mobile does not have this feature. However, you can subscribe to their data using the borrowed credit which to me is kind of the same feat.
That’s very much everything about how to borrow data, note that upon recharging the charges for the data will be deducted from your recharge unit.

Lowest Call Rate in Nigeria in 2018 for 9Mobile, Glo, MTN and Airtel

It is highly imperative you know the lowest call rate in Nigeria in 2018 at the moment if you do not want to be spending much money than you should on making calls. All the network service providers in Nigeria roll out different call tariffs every time, it gets harder to keep up with all the plans with time. This article will guide you in settling with the best call rate for all networks.


Lowest Call Rate in Nigeria – 9Mobile Nigeria
9Mobile may be having a lot of issues right now but if you are one of their subscribers the Easylife 4.0 plan is the best call rate this network offers at the moment.
Easylife 4.0 is a prepaid plan which offers very cheap call rates in Nigeria to all networks and some international countries.

Dial *420*1# to migrate to easylife 4.0. It is totally free to migrate. Dial *232# to check your balance and *244*3# to confirm your package.
9Mobile charges 11kobo/sec for calls to any network in Nigeria. There is daily access fee of N5 which is charged on the first call you make for the day after which all subsequent calls are then charged 11kobo/sec.
The N5 daily access fee is valid till 11.59pm every day.
Calls to US, UK, India and China goes for 20k/sec.
SMS within Nigeria is charged at N4, while international SMS is charged at N15 each.

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Lowest Call Rate in Nigeria – Airtel Nigeria
Airtel’s cheapest tariff is very similar to Etisalat’s own. The smartTALK 2.0 is Airtel’s plan with the lowest call rate in Nigeria right now.

Dial *315# to migrate to smartTALK 2.0. It is total free to migrate to this plan once in a month.
Airtel charges 11kobo/sec for calls to any network in Nigeria. There is daily access fee of N5 which is charged on the first call you make for the day after which all subsequent calls are then charged 11kobo/sec.
Calls to US, UK, Canada, India and China goes for 20k/sec.
The plan is available to all Airtel subscribers.

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Lowest Call Rate in Nigeria – MTN Nigeria

MTN Pulse is actually the lowest call rate for MTN right now. The plan offers 11kobo/sec for local calls to all networks in Nigeria; there is no definitive charge defined for international calls.
  • Dial *406*1# to migrate or text 406 to 131.
  • First 50 seconds call for the day is charged at 20kobo/sec. Read more about MTN Pulse and other plans here.
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Airtel Gains, MTN Loses As NCC Releases Update On Internet Usage In Nigeria

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Thursday said that internet users on Nigeria’s telecommunications networks have reduced to 92,281,921, as at June.

The commission made this known in its monthly Internet Subscriber Data, which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
A breakdown of the data showed that internet users on both the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM), and the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) networks reduced by 81,415.
It further said that 92,363,336 subscribers surfed the internet in May, but that only 92,281,921 did in June.
The data showed that out of the 92,281,921 internet users in June, 92,181,178 were on the GSM networks, while 100,743 users were on the CDMA. Of the 92,181,178 internet users on the GSM networks in the month under review, the document showed that MTN Nigeria had 32,974,177 customers browsing on its network.
It stated that MTN suffered a decrease of 134,609 internet subscribers in June, after it recorded 33,108,786 users in the month of May.
According to the report, Globacom had 26,628,065 customers surfing the net in June, showing an increase of 272,674 from its May’s record of 26,355,391.
It also said that Airtel Nigeria network recorded a rise of users with 17,325,423 internet users in the month of June, as against 17,280,089 customers in May.
The records, therefore, showed that Airtel Nigeria network users increased by 45,334 in the month of June.
The data also showed that Etisalat had 15,253,513 internet users in June, as against the 15,508,024 in May, recording a decrease of 254,511 users in the month under review.
It also revealed that the CDMA operators (Multi-Links and Visafone), had a joint total of 100,743 internet users on their networks in June.
It showed that the only surviving two CDMA networks in the country listed a decrease of 10,303 internet subscribers in the month under review, from the 111,046 users they recorded in May.
Visafone had 100,739 customers surfing the internet in June, showing a reduction of 10,303 users from its May record of 111,042.
Multi-Links had 4 internet users in the month of June, same as in May.
The document stressed the need for more Nigerians to embrace the internet, to speed up the country’s progress towards achieving 30 per cent broadband penetration by 2018.



The Adamawa State (NYSC) Coordinator, Malam Abub- akar Mohammed, has advised members of the 2018 Batch “B” corps members posted to Adamawa State to properly utilise the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme of the scheme to become self-employed after the service year. Mohammed made the call, Friday at the end of the programme for batch B corps members at Damare Orientation Camp near Yola. He said many past corps members who utilised the skills they learnt under the programme had become self-employed. The coordinator, who observed that some corps members were showing lukewarm attitude towards the training, said such corps members needed to face the reality that entrepreneurship was the only sure way to employment and economic greatness. “Agreed, you went to school and graduated with an impressive result. But the fact remains that the labour market is long over saturated with uncountable unemployed graduates. “I must, therefore, tell you that venturing into entrepreneurship is the only guarantee for our youths to attain economic autonomy. “This is why NYSC introduced SAED in 2012; I am pleased to inform you that many graduates who took part in this training and utilised it properly since inception have become millionaires.” He urged the corps members that took part in the training to try and locate training centres at their places of primary assignment so as to further perfect their skills before the end of the service year. The highlight of the occasion was the exhibition of various products made by the corps members who participated in the training.

NCC Unfolds Nigeria’s Broadband Plan

NCC Unfolds Nigeria’s Broadband Plan

Nigeria’s effort to join the global broadband community has crystallized into a focus master plan unfolded by the EVC of NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, at the Nigerian Broadband Forum in Lagos. The plan as unveiled by NCC has, more or less, confirmed the ‘Open Access Model’ earlier indicated by the Commission as Dr. Eugene Juwah presented a clearer perspective to the plan which he said encompasses the current State Accelerated Broadband Initiative, WIN, programs of the Commission. “The Open Access Model is expected to help Nigerian’s plug into the global knowledge grid and stay competitive with other countries” he said. The Key element driving the objective focus on open Access deployment of fibre infrastructure, according to Dr. Juwah, is to achieve high level of penetration across all geo-political Zones, contribute to GDP growth and development of knowledge economy, provide competitive and affordable pricing, ensure intelligent incentives to support industry players while equipping Nigeria with leading infrastructure in Africa.


The ultimate imperatives for this objective, he said, is to realize affordable prizing, high speed connectivity, high level of coverage and targeted government support. Dr. Juwah who spoke to an international audience including Nigeria’s Communications Technology Minister, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, representive of the ITU Secretary General, Mr. Desire Karyabwite, the Secretary of the African Telecommunications Union, ATU, Mr. Adoulkarim Soumailia, and a wide 

The Green Coffee

"The Best Way to Get Rid of Extra Kilos is to Leave Them On Your Plate"
Coffee is a Great Source of Antioxidants, and Chlorogenic Acid is one of the Most Important Ones among Them. Unfortunately, Chlorogenic Acid cannot Withstand Thermal processing. Therefore, if You Drink Coffee Made of Roasted Beans, there is Practically No Chlorogenic Acid in It. Green Coffee is Never Roasted. This allows to Preserve All the Useful Elements (Especially Chlorogenic Acid). Another Quality of the Green Coffee is Its Ability to Lower Your Blood Sugar. This Suppresses Insulin Production and Prevents Fat Deposits.

Researchers list economic uses of cassava peels

With innovations and technologies, cassava peels have moved from being an environmental nuisance to important economic materials used in animal feeds and mushroom production, among others.

With innovations and technologies, cassava peels have moved from being an environmental nuisance to important economic materials used in animal feeds and mushroom production, among others.
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Another way to make use of cassava peels, according to Adebayo, is “when we make it a layer to grow mushrooms on. And mushrooms are high in fiber and protein, which are very nutritious. All of these are the primary importance of cassava peels.”

Adebayo added that cassava peels are said to be part of the ingredients in soap making if burnt, but he has not personally done it to confirm how effective it is, but he is sure it is theoretically possible.

He said: “Some of my colleagues have also added value to cassava peels by grating and putting it in other livestock feeds. But I consider it to be very expensive alternative.
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“If you are conversant with the cassava-growing environment, you will note that about 10% of cassava is solid waste and this can be a nuisance if not properly managed. Over the years, I have done some groups of work with the World Bank to see how we can commercially convert this to products to yield income, especially for the poor.”

Similarly, according to a research led by Iheanacho Okike, a scientist with International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Ibadan, “the new process and innovation could also release about two million tonnes of maize for human consumption that would otherwise have been used for animal feeds, contributing significantly to food security efforts in the country.”

There are several existing technologies of drying, grating and preserving cassava peels which would hold the key to providing a readily available and sustainable source of feeding for domestic animals, which will increase income for farmers.

The use of cassava peels as a partial replacement of maize in young pigs’ diet was shown, according to research, to be cost-effective. It was also established in the research study that up to a 57% level of inclusion had no deleterious and harmful effects on the pigs

Mrs Bola Adeyemo, a female farmer in Oyo State, testified also that the economic value of processing cassava peels is very high even though the equipment used in processing the cassava peels are very expensive


A case study of MTN vs NLC


An official of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Oyo State Chapter, locking the MTN office gate at Ring Road during the picketing of the office in Ibadan.

Nigerian labour unions have always confounded me. As a teenager, it struck me as weird that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, which both my parents belonged to, could go on strike for months and demand to be paid notwithstanding, ostensibly because research does not stop during strikes.
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As a lawyer, in my early years of legal practice, I worked with the firm’s aviation practice partner on a dispute between an airline and NUATE, the Nigerian Union of Air Transport Employees. We frequently had meetings with the NUATE executive committee, apparently comprising full time aviation sector employees who also seemed to carry out union business full time. They deployed violence to press home their demands, not unlike their umbrella body, the Nigeria Labour Congress in its recent face-off with a multinational mobile network operator.

It is curious that multinationals always seem to be first in the firing line of these unions. On this occasion, the purported reason for the targeted action is that the operator in question ‘treats its workers like slaves,’ ‘disregards trade union rights’ and ‘the casualisation of workers is unacceptable.’ According to the NLC, the mobile network operator ‘must obey the laws of the land.’ It goes without saying that they must but what labour laws exactly do the unions rely on when they make these allegations?
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Most companies resort to temporary or outsourced staff for functions that are not central to their business (e.g. customer service or short term projects) and it is in fact a popular cost-saving measure adopted globally. Chances are that everyone who knows people working in the US or Europe knows about “contracting” and how widespread it is. Anyone who follows business trends will also be aware of outsourcing and the vistas it has opened for companies who provide ancillary business or support services.

Various reports of the “picketing” that took place in Lagos suggest that the premises were forcibly sealed and some property vandalised. None of the reports include a statement of any sort from the staff of the company, who a simple online search will reveal have a thriving staff association, indicative of a truncated yearning to join to the NLC.

SEC tasks MTN on official filing...

Acting Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mary Uduk has tasked MTN Group on official filing of the Initial Public Offering (IPO) prospectus to the commission.
Uduk, while reacting further over recent media reports that MTN Nigeria is good to go with the Nigeria Listing, stated categorically that neither MTN Nigeria Limited nor any of its advisers or representatives has filed any application on the IPO with the commission.
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Speaking at the commission’s second post Capital Market Committee (CMC) in Lagos yesterday, Uduk assured that the commission is willing to provide the necessary regulatory support, if MTN finally files a formal and complete application with the commission. According to her, MTN Nigeria will be treated with the usual diligence and urgency that is applicable to all such filings. Capital market stakeholders have described the moves by the telecoms giant, MTN to raise about N153bn ($500m) from the sale of shares in its Nigerian business as a ‘positive development’, saying it would deepen the market and encourage the active participation of individual consumers in the company’s wealth creation process. But with the current political risks, which have continued to depress transactions on the equity sector of the NSE, operators had doubted the possibility of MTN IPO and subsequent listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) this year.They said that the IPO might not be visible this 2018 by the way and manner MTN was going handling the issue.
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Managing Director, APT Securities and Funds Ltd., Malam Garba Kurfi said that MTN was dragging the issue because of the way and manner things were handled in the country. However, Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Garba Danbatta, said recently that MTN must list on the NSE on or before May 2019.

Fighting the death of SMS at WhatsApp’s hands

Earlier this year, Google launched “Chat,” a plan to introduce Rich Communication Services (RCS) into the default SMS client in Android.
RCS introduces several improvements over traditional SMS, and is currently integrated into Android Messages.

To speed up the rate at which operators were adopting RCS, Google acquired a company called Jibe Mobile in 2015. It also got mobile operators like Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone to adopt RCS.
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Among the features RCS introduces is the sending of high quality photos, group conversations, read receipts, and an indicator showing when someone is typing.

In November 2016, Google also launched a new universal profile for RCS with Sprint in the United States.

It went on to offer an online service called Jibe RCS Cloud, an implementation of the RCS Universal Profile which lets operators quickly implement the technology and scale it.
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The Jibe Hub provides mobile operators with a connection to the global RCS network. It is interoperable with third-party RCS networks, according to Google, promising that one connection delivers worldwide interconnection.

9to5Google recently reported that 50 mobile network operators in 33 countries have launched RCS, and that the GSM Association forecasts that 40 new operators in 30 countries will implement the technology in the next year.


Rich Communication Services in SA

In South Africa, however, MTN and Telkom said they do not have immediate plans to support the technology.
“MTN has been in discussions with Google on the requirements to enable RCS messaging in South Africa, and have technically assessed the effort required when implementing it,” said the head of corporate affairs at MTN, Jacqui O’Sullivan.
“When launching such services, it is important to take into consideration various aspects such as network support, product proposition, and smart devices with the [new] Android Messages application installed.”
Telkom said it can support the service, but would require additional hardware to do so.
“Over time as mobile networks evolve, old services such as SMS which are not network resource efficient will be phased out,” said Telkom.
“Other factors, such as consumer advocacy and the regulator’s push to lower the cost of communication, will result in cheaper and more efficient services such as RCS.”
Telkom said the main issue with RCS is interoperability between carriers. “Once this issue is addressed, it is expected to take off and Telkom will support it on its network,” said Telkom.
Vodacom and Cell C did not provide comment by the time of publication.

MTN shuts Abuja office

The MTN office in the Maitama District of Abuja, on Tuesday was under lock and key following the nationwide picketing of the company by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who visited the office, reports that it was locked with only policemen and other security personnel outside the gate.
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NAN reports that the picketing of MTN offices by NLC, which started on Monday, was in protest against non-unionisation of its workers.

The leadership of the union and other members had barricaded the head office of the company in Lagos for about eight hours, preventing workers from carrying out their daily duties.
A security man, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN in Abuja that there was a directive from the MTN headquarters in Lagos that all staff of the organisation should not come to work until further notice.
“Maybe it is because of the protest by some people in our office in Lagos.
“We were told to come to office but all other staff of the organisation were asked to stay at home till further notice, ‘’ he said.
NAN reports that the protest in Lagos was led by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba.
“There are a lot of anti-labour practices by the company, which include denying the workers freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining,’’ Wabba said.
At the time of filing the report, MTN offices in many states are still closed for business.
Similar protests took place in Port Harcourt, Yenagoa, Kano, Ibadan and other cities on Monday.

MTN reacts to ‘violent’ NLC picketing

Telecoms giant has described the picketing of some of its offices in Nigeria as “needless destruction of property.”
Officials of the Nigerian Labour Congress and persons allegedly in the employment of the company Monday marched on MTN offices in different locations to protest against the poor welfare of its Nigerian staff.
The company was also alleged to have prevented its workers from joining trade unions.
A source at the company said the policemen drafted to maintain peace were not helpful.
“Our head office and several other MTN locations nationwide are under attack under the guise of picketing during the NLC strike.”

“We got some police to assist keep things calm, but instead, they are standing by watching haplessly.”

The Guardian reporters in Enugu and Kano said the protests were peaceful. In Enugu, protesters were not able to enter MTN offices because it was locked and there were men of the Nigerian police to deter destruction of property.
In Kano, a senior management staff addressed the protesters.
But MTN in a statement said some of its staff were attacked by NLC officials.
“As always our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our employees, some of whom were attacked by supposed NLC operatives and have sustained injuries,” the company said in a statement sent to The Guardian.
MTN insisted that it did not prevent its workers from forming unions, noting that it also owed its employees the obligation to ensure they are not compelled to join associations.
“We will continue to champion our peoples’ rights, whether they are part of a union or not and work hard to minimise disruptions in service to our customers,” it says.

NLC pickets Bauchi MTN offices over anti-labour practices‎

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Monday, picketed the telecommunication giant, MTN Nigeria offices in Bauchi, over anti-labour practices.
Comrade Hashimu Gital, Chairman, NLC), Bauchi State, who led the picketing, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the action was to advance issues of decent work and better conditions of service for workers.
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‎“Every worker is entitled to better working conditions,” he said, accusing the telecommunication company of regularly renewing employment contract with its workers as a way of shying away from the respiratory similitude of paying gratuity and pension to them.

‎“We are giving them three days as warning, as directed by the National office of the NLC in Abuja,’’ he said.

‎According to him, the company, at every three months, sacks its workers and give them a new contract.

“This is not acceptable. Our laws do not accept that, and those workers need to be liberated.

‎“We need to tell them that they need to respect the laws of the country; they need to also respect our own labour laws, but most importantly, they must respect human and trade union rights.
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‎“Workers have dignity, workers are not slaves and therefore, all workers must be treated with the best of attention.

‎“Injury to the workers at MTN is an injury to all Nigerian workers,’’ Gital said.

‎ ‎All efforts to talk to MTN officials in Bauchi proved abortive, as those met said they were not allowed to talk on any issue pertaining the company.

“It is only corporate headquarters, Abuja, that is supposed to talk,’’ said one of them.

MTN needs Visafone’s 800MHz to expand services in Nigeria

In this interview with ADEYEMI ADEPETUN, he spoke on efforts to move the industry forward and how the acquisition of Visafone’s 800MHz spectrum would aid the deployment of broadband infrastructure in the country.
What is the status of MTN Visafone transaction?
Currently, what has happened is that there had been a public hearing by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on the matter and last week, the commission published a report of the public hearing. In other words, what they did was that everything discussed at the hearing were itemised in the report and they put it on their website. So they are in the decision making process now.

Going by the several oppositions of the spectrum transfer and license, what would you expect NCC to do?
Let me start by saying that the issue of total ownership has been rested. MTN totally owns Visafone and the 800MHz spectrum. The question is whether the 800MHz should be allowed to be used by current MTN subscribers. Let’s not be in doubt about that. MTN already owns Visafone 100 per cent including the spectrum. It is the use of the license that is the issue.

Frankly speaking, I wouldn’t like to second guess the commission. It won’t be fair. But if you ask what I will like to be the preferred outcome? That, I can speak to.

Naturally, what I would like the NCC to do is to give MTN access to the 800MHz, because it is easier to deploy resources and make the investment case. It immediately adds value not just to MTN, but to the country as a whole.

With the 800MHz, how would MTN put it to maximal use?
To understand all that we have been saying around the 800MHz in simple terms is to understand the value of spectrum itself. So, where spectrum is in sub 1GHz, I mean the lower the spectrum bands, the better the propagation capabilities because every spectrum has its limitations. Let me explain it this way, if you have a one kilometre square piece of area and you are deploying spectrum on the 2.1GHz, if you need 10 Base Stations (BTS) to cover that space optimally, with 800MHz spectrum, you will probably need four (BTS). What it means therefore is that you can achieve better coverage; you can reach more people and provide services at a lower cost. So, if MTN has access to the 800MHz, it means that it would be able to invest and ensure that broadband reaches more people in Nigeria. The 2018 broadband penetration target is 30 per cent but only 22 per cent penetration has been achieved at this time. In 2017, broadband penetration grew by only one per cent, which seems to speak to the fact that there may have been a reduction in investments in the sector. If you recall, when NCC put 2.6GHz in the market, which is also broadband spectrum but does not have the propagation capabilities of the 800MHz, MTN was the only firm that invested. This is because the process speaks to MTN broadband strategy going forward. It speaks to the need to cover the country as much as possible and provide services in all areas. Other operators did not invest. To bring another issue to the table, if you remember the whole story around 700MHz, which is also sub-1GHz spectrum, all the adventure into that space was also towards ensuring ensuring availability of spectrum for converged services. The idea being that we know that the future of telecommunications is data. If you ask yourself or look at the way you communicate today, the extent to which the OTT services are used as opposed to the traditional voice services to the much more rich media that you can access or do with communication when you have access to broadband, you will discover that the only way to provide these services is to invest in spectrum which is required to deliver the services.  What MTN has tried to do and continues to do is to future- proof itself by watching market developments and trends and then ensure that it is positioned to play in the fast developing telecommunications market.

Now following the 2013 Dominance Determination where MTN and GLO were found jointly dominant in the Wholesale Leased Line & Transmission Capacity Markets, the Commission commissioned a cost study on leased lines which led to the imposition of Price caps on wholesale leased line services. The price cap in essence ensures that no operator can obtain more than a fair return on its leased fibre lines. This intervention further ensures that competition in the leased line and transmission capacity market is in no way lessened as all operators will be in a position to access each other’s fibre at a fair price. It is important to note that MTN shares fibre with anybody that is interested. Incidentally, the organizations that spoke against MTN at the public hearing, lease fibre from us while we in return lease from them. This means that the key factors of production that MTN has more of and can decide not to share, it is sharing it without hassles. Where is the lessening of competition or the control of essential facilities to the detriment of others?

Lastly, it is important to add that NCC most times checks and scrutinizes whatever products MTN is bringing to the market even much more than they do for others. NCC is a strong regulator, which other regulators from Africa and across the world come to study. MTNN will never be allowed to undertake actions that will lessen competition. Not by this NCC. There is therefore no need to shortchange ourselves as a nation when there is somebody ready and willing to make the necessary investment we need.

Is it true that operators are not deploying network facilities in the rural areas any longer?
MTN has not stopped investing and it will not be appropriate for me to speak for others. We shall continue to invest because this is a major market for us. We have invested much more than our competitors as evidenced by the size of our network. We are saying that we need resources such as this spectrum to continue to deliver. Buying Visafone and 2.6GHz was a strategic decision taken to ensure that the capability to invest is there. So, from a rural telephony point of view, we are still investing and we shall continue.

How has the industry faired thus far?
I think it is interesting where the industry is going. Inspite of all the challenges, there is hope. I think people would have to come to the table and deal following NCC’s issuance of the spectrum trading guideline. There should be more consolidation. Resources are fragmented. I think business people should look at that matter to know if the way they are operating today is optimal. This issue of owning 10 per cent of something and 100 per cent of nothing would need to be looked into deeply. I think operators need to come together and see the way they can move forward. Globally, there are mergers and acquisitions. I think it will make sense if we go that way. It won’t be bad if we have just three or four operators. I think it is a conversation that should hold.
NCC is doing everything it should do to stabilize the industry, so I think the industry should support these moves. I also believe that government should declare telecoms infrastructure, Critical National Infrastructure to guard against some security lapses. Telecoms infrastructure should be accorded the right protection. All these networks whether MTN, Airtel, Globacom, 9Mobile and the tier two operators, they are all a single network because they are deeply interwoven. So whatever impacts one, impact others. So, there should be more security for the telecoms sector.


Airtel Diversifies to Grow Operations in Africa, Others

Bharti Airtel and Egyptian service provider Telecom Egypt have entered into strategic deal that would allow the former Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) on Middle East North Africa Submarine Cable (MENA Cable) and TE North Cable Systems.

The partnership will allow Airtel to further diversify its global network to serve the massive growth in demand for data services, particularly in emerging markets across South Asia, Africa and Middle East.
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In addition to IRU, Airtel will also take large capacities on a long-term basis on two new state-of-the-art cable systems (SMW5 & AAE1), Gurgaon-based telco in a statement Monday said, adding that the transactions are aimed to be concluded after the fulfillment of required conditions.

The tie up between two telcos, would facilitate Bharti Airtel the right to use fiber pairs of MENA cable from Egypt to India with access to Saudi Arabia and Oman, and other fiber pairs from Egypt towards Italy.

The deal, according to the statement, would also extend beyond MENA cable, where Airtel will get the right to use a fiber pair from Egypt to France on TE North along with capacities on SMW5 and AAE1 cable systems.
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Ajay Chitkara, director and CEO, Airtel Business said: “The partnership with Telecom Egypt underlines our commitment to provide world-class service experience to our customers. The partnership including MENA Cable and TE’s network will be a good addition to our global network portfolio and provide us with a high quality and diversified new route to Western Europe and the rest of the world.”

Chitkara further said that with the explosion of data usage in emerging markets, including India and Africa, the asset would provide the telco a scalable and diverse high capacity highway to serve our customers.
“Telecom Egypt’s global network was built over the years through investments in consortiums as well as private international submarine cable systems. Our reach and position as an international hub with tens of Tbps lit capacity, makes us the partner of choice for Euro-Asian and Euro-African transit traffic,” Ahmed El Beheiry, Chief Executive Officer, Telecom Egypt said.
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Telecom Egypt’s global network was built over the years through investments in international submarine cable systems that include TE North, ALETAR, SEA-ME-WE-3, SEA-ME-WE-4, SEA-ME-WE-5, IMEWE, EIG, and AAE-1.
Bharti Airtel’s global network portfolio includes ownership of i2i submarine cable system connecting Chennai to Singapore, consortium ownership of SMW4 submarine cable system connecting Chennai and Mumbai to Singapore and Europe, and new cable system investments like Asia America Gateway (AAG), India Middle East & Western Europe (IMEWE), Unity, EIG (Europe India Gateway) and East Africa Submarine System (EASSy).

Sunil Mittal-driven telco also has terrestrial express connectivity with neighboring countries including Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh and China.



Shareholders Warn CBN, NCC Not Sell 9Mobile over $43m Debt

Some aggrieved shareholders of 9Mobile have cautioned the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and others involved in an ongoing negotiation to sell the telecommunication firm not to proceed with the transaction in view of a pending case before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The shareholders – Afdin Ventures Limited and Dirbia Nigeria Limited, warned of the legal consequences to the CBN and others, should they proceed to conclude the sale of Etisalat despite a subsisting order of the court, halting further activities in relation to the sale of the telecommunication firm.
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Afdin and Dirbia, promoted by businessman, Dahiru Barau Mangal, issued the warning yesterday in letters written by their lawyer, Mahmud Magaji (SAN) to the six parties said to be involved in the transaction, who are also defendants in the pending case.

Those to whom the letters were addressed are: CBN, 9mobile and Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Karlington Telecommunications Limited, Premium Telecommunications Holdings NV and First Bank of Nigeria Plc.

Afdin and Dirbia said their letters were informed by recent media report, credited to one Boye Olusanya CEO, 9mobile to the effect that “9mobile’s board was pleased with the progress made thus far and expects the acquisition process to be concluded as soon as possible.”
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Shortly after Afdin and Dirbia filed the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/288/2018, Justice Binta Nyako, on April 17 gave an order, directing “the maintenance of status quo as at today.”

In the suit, Afdin and Dirbia, who claimed to be major investors in the troubled telecommunication firm, said they were left out in the firm’s decision making and therefore want a refund of their invested funds estimated at $43,330,950.

Part of one of the letters by Magaji reads: “Recall that Hon. Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court No. 4, Abuja made an interim order in suit: FHC/ABJ/CR/288/2018, Afdin Ventures Ltd & 1 other v. Karington Telecommunications Ltd & 6 others, restraining your office and other defendants from selling 9mobile pending the outcome of the suit.

“Upon service of the enrolled order on you, your office entered appearance and filed a statement of defence to the suit. Ogunmuyiwa Balogun, Esq made several appearances on behalf of your office in court.

“Unfortunately, despite being aware of the subsisting court order, your office and the other defendants herein went ahead and concluded plans to sell off 9mobile in fragrant disregard to the subsisting order of court.

“We have our clients’ further instructions to write and warn you of the consequences of disobeying lawful orders of court.

“You are implored to put a hold on the transfer of ownership of 9mobile to any other investor pening the determination of the suit, failing which we shall be compelled to issue and serve you with Forms 48 and 49 with a view to commencing contempt proceedings against you in accordance with our clients’ instruction.”

X3M Ideas Urges Businesses to Evolve or Die in Obscurity

X3M Ideas, one of Nigeria’s leading marketing Communications agency has advised African businesses, corporate organizations and individuals to evolve and adapt new ways of doing things or die in obscurity.
Steve Babaeko, CEO X3M Ideas, said this on Friday while unveiling X3M Ideas’s shape shifting strategy in Lagos.
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He said that shape shifting is the single most important rule in business regardless of the industry, businesses must evolve to remain relevant.
He noted that X3M Ideas understands the need to continually seek out ways to keep up with the changing tides that made them to remain relevant.
According to him, “this is the secret to our success and we want to share this ideal with all of Africa.
“We believe that the Dinosaurs were great creatures in their time, top of the food chain, giant predators that no other could challenge, but then something changed, the earth began to change and they needed to evolve.
“Some dinosaurs succumbed to the changing tides, understanding that this was the only route to survival.
“They evolved and became Dragons. The others who were late to the evolution party had no choice but to become preys to the larger, fire breathing creatures”.

Babaeko, stated that there is a lot of lessons we can learn from the prehistoric times.

He said “We like to believe there is a lot to learn from the dinosaurs.
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“How could a creature so powerful become extinct? While the reasons why these dinosaurs erased off the face of the earth is open to interpretation, we are of the school of thought that they got devoured by bigger, better equipped creatures – Dragons.
“These creatures who also were dinosaurs evolved and took over and the dinosaurs who couldn’t, or rather, didn’t evolve became prey. Hence the mantra, Adapt or Die.”

The Dinosaurs according to him represent most agencies and media houses who are still stuck up on old ways, refusing to embrace technology, social media, or the changing tides in media either out of ignorance or doggedness.

“This is the most ideal depiction of modern business landscape and we have come to spread the message – Adapt or die.

“The success or failure of Nigerian businesses is hinged on their ability to evolve.

 “When we started 6 years ago we knew what we wanted to do but we always kept an open mind of how we could evolve with the ever changing business landscape.
“Both from a business and creative standpoint, we always give room to adapt, room to evolve,” Babaeko stated.

 Olasunkanmi Atolagbe, X3M Ideas, Group Head, HR/Admin, speaking on X3M Idea’s shape shifting strategy, said that “we know the business we’re in but sometimes we forget to continually learn.
“We get caught up trying to run a business that we forget to study the industry.

“Steve has been doing this for a long time, he has seen it all, from the era of Print, to Tv, to social media.
“He knows how the industry has evolved and how its consumers have adjusted accordingly.

He added that content provider, business owners, or consumer, must stay ahead of the game, always anticipating changes and adjusting strategies to allow their businesses thrive or get lost in obscurity.
“It’s not easy to predict the future of media. Technology often plays a huge part in these changes.

“It also isn’t easy to adapt but nobody said being successful was going to be easy.

 “If there is a trick to it, it is being grounded enough to understand that tomorrow is never given.
“Once you become safe in the achievements that you have and refuse to continually innovate, you will be left behind as the game evolves.” Babaeko added.


MTN Group Adopts Flytxt’s Technology across Network

Flytxt, the independent market leader in intelligent customer engagement technology, has signed a deal with telecoms giant MTN Group to automate both inbound and outbound marketing across its entire network of more than 217 million subscribers.
The three-year licensing deal means that all the company’s operations across Africa and the Middle East will be using Flytxt’s flagship product NEON-dX to provide an improved, personalized service for MTN customers, resulting in higher product uptake and reduced customer churn.

Dr. Vinod Vasudevan, CEO of Flytxt, who confirmed the deal in a statement said: “NEON-dX will provide MTN Group with a unique competitive edge across its markets by allowing the firm to personalize engagement for each of their customers, resulting in an uplift in net revenue.



“MTN is a hugely respected global player, operating in one of the world’s fastest growing regions for mobile telecommunications, so we are delighted that they will be using NEON-dX across its footprint.

“Our relationship with the Group goes back to 2014 and this new agreement illustrates the value that our products and services have already brought to their business as well as the potential to boost revenue and cut churn even further.”



NEON-dX will be used for outbound marketing and inbound marketing across traditional and digital touchpoints.The software will enable MTN to better understand its customers through learning their behavior and predicting what they want in real time, creating deeper and longer relationships.

NEON-dX replaces MTN’s existing system and is designed to use machine learning to provide deeper understanding of customers and recommend next best offers. The insights from advanced analytics will allow MTN to personalise offers and services to reflect the customer’s contextual needs and interests in real-time.



MTN Group, which has its headquarters in South Africa, is a leading telecoms operator and joins more than 100 other enterprises around the world that are already using Flytxt technologies, including over 60 telcos.

Since starting operations in 1994, MTN has grown its subscriber base to more than 217.2 million people in 22 countries, including one of the largest telecoms networks in Africa. Countries in which it operates include Nigeria, Iran, South Africa, Ghana, Cameron, Uganda and Ivory Coast.

Albert Fernandez, head of Group Consumer at MTN, said: “Our vision is to deliver a bold, new digital world to our customers and we believe Flytxt can help us achieve that goal.”He added: “Our strategy includes providing the best customer experience and harnessing the potential of the market-leading technology. In NEON-dX, we believe we have chosen a product that meets both of those objectives.”

The agreement is just the latest major deal for Flytxt, which also recently announced an agreement with Viettel Telecom in Vietnam and with another major operator in the Arabian Gulf.Flytxt is one of the fastest growing developers of software in the rapidly expanding fields of artificial intelligence, analytics and marketing automation.

The company’s client base consists of more than 100 businesses across a global network of 50 countries, including more than 60 communications service providers, such as Vodafone, America Movil, Viettel, Airtel, and Zain Group.


Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, executive vice chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC has said that MTN must list on Nigeria’s stock exchange on or before May 2019 as contained in the agreement over the 2015 fine settlement between the regulator and the telecom company.
Speaking in an interactive session with newsmen in his office in Abuja recently, Danbatta also said the five infrastructure companies (Infracos) which hold licenses to drive the broadband penetration across Nigeria will enjoy N23 billion subsidy as soon as they start rollout.
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This is to further deepen and increase the level of the country’s broadband penetration which will in turn improve the economy, he said.
“There is more to achieving the maximum target of 30% broadband penetration by 2018 ending. But let me say without fear of contradiction that we have so far surpassed the minimum target of penetration; we are presently at 22%, according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and we are doing everything within our power to make the penetration more ubiquitous”, Prof Danbatta stated.

 He said the N23bn subsidy already approved in the NCC 2018 budget would make it easy for the infracos to rollout and increase broadband penetration.
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He said the maximum target of 30% would have been a reality by now had other stakeholders worked as hard as the NCC, adding that the commission subsidy payment was part of ways NCC devised to surmount the challenges bedevilling the broadband penetration in the country.

He said NCC was working with the office of the Vice President on the laying of 18,000km fibre infrastructure to connect the entire country.


How To Subscribe To ‘Glo Yakata’ And Enjoy Up To 6GB Free Data

Glo Yakata is a new prepaid plan by the grandmasters of data which is available to new and existing Glo subscribers. The Yakata plan brings loads of benefits for Glo subscribers including free data, unlimited Glo to Glo calls, free minutes to call other networks and much more. Customers will be rewarded with amazing bonuses every time they recharge their Glo line.

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All new Glo prepaid customers will get Yakata once they activate their lines. Existing customers can subscribe to Yakata by dialing*220#. So if you buy a new Glo sim, it comes with the Yakata plan out of the box and you can enjoy the amazing data and voice benefits every time you recharge your Glo line.
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Existing customers can confirm if they’re on the plan already by dialling #100#.

Yakata subscribers will receive;

Up to 6GB data Every Month for 6 months!
22 times value (2,200%) on every N100 recharge to call ALL NETWORKS

In essence, a recharge of N100 on Glo Yakata gives the customer ₦350 in their bonus account for voice calls and SMS. Free data worth 50MB will also be added on their first recharge of the month as well as subsequent recharges in the month, and a recharge of ₦5000 recharge will give you ₦17,500 bonus airtime, free 6.25GB of data for first recharge in the month, 2.5GB for subsequent recharges in a month.
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Value in main account as well as value in bonus account can be used to call all networks.

To check your bonus account, dial *220*1#. All bonuses will expire after 7 days. The Yakata bonus is also not transferable neither can it be used to purchase any value added services.




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Did You Know? First Touchscreen Smartphone Was Made By IBM

The first touchscreen smartphone was code-named “Angler” and was unveiled at the fall COMDEX convention in Vegas.

The Simon Personal Communicator was created by IBM in 1992, more than 15 years before Apple released the first iPhone. It was made available for purchase by consumers in August 16, 1994. The smartphone featured a monochrome LCD touchscreen measuring 4.5 inches by 1.4 inches, and it came with a stylus.
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IBM’s Simon was the first phone to merge the functions of a cell phone and a PDA, and it launched with the price tag of $899 with a service contract ($1,435 in today’s dollars). The phone had no web browser — PCs barely had decent browsers back then. You could use Simon to send and receive emails, faxes, and pages. There were also a suite of built-in features including a notes collection you could write in, an address book that looked like file folder, calendar, world clock, and a way to schedule appointments. You could also make and receive telephone calls and utilise applications such as maps, stocks and news.

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The revolutionary Simon device used the file system from Datalight ROM-DOS along with file compression from Stacker. IBM created a unique touch-screen user interface for Simon; no DOS prompt existed as at then and GUIs weren’t so popular. This user interface software layer for Simon was known as the Navigator. The Simon could be upgraded to run third party applications either by inserting a PCMCIA card or by downloading an application to the phone’s internal memory.
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Each Simon was shipped with a charging base station, two nickel-cadmium batteries and a protective leather cover. Optional was a PCMCIA pager card designed by Motorola, an RS232 adapter cable for use with PC-Link to access files from a personal computer, and an RJ11 adapter cable to allow voice and data calls to be made over POTS land-lines.

The device was reported to have a meagre battery life of around just an hour.
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Around the mid-1990s, flip phones and internet-enabled phones were becoming dominant and Nokia was fast rising to become the foremost phone manufacturer. Hence, Simon became a victim of the tech disruption of the mid-90s

The device reportedly sold approximately 50,000 units during its six month duration in the market.




The Most Expensive Smartphones in the World Cost More Than $10 Million

Smartphones have grown consistently in functionality as well as in price. Last year, premium smartphone prices were at an all-time high with phones like the iPhone 8 plus/iPhone X, Google Pixel 2 XL and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 reaching the $1000 mark. And as usual, these prices will only keep going higher.
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Although $1000 is quite an amount to spend on a phone, the most expensive set of phones in the world are not even that cheap. They run into 7 to 8 figure prices (in USD) and are usually not made for everyone. Basically, when you start adding jewels and precious metals to a phone, it turns into an item of great value.

The Stuart Hughes’ Black Diamond iPhone 5 which is valued at $15,000,000 is rumoured to be the most expensive phone in the world. It was created by renowned UK designer Stuart Hughes with a flawless 26ct black diamond. He created the iPhone 5 from scratch, taking nine weeks to chassis from 24 carat gold.
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He inlaid the chassis with 600 white flawless diamonds and embedded the black diamond into the home button. In total, it cost $15 million to produce. Stuart Hughes is also famous for making some of the world’s most expensive and luxurious items.

Also, the Falcon Supernova iPhone 6 Pink Diamond valued at $48.5 million is on the list of the world’s most expensive phones. The phone was made on request for Nita Ambani, the wife of successful businessman, Muskesh Ambani in India.

The phone is made of 24-carat gold with a gigantic diamond on the back as well as a platinum coating and hack protection.

TELECOMMUNICATION Did you Know? The World’s First Camera Phone was Made by Sharp

The first mobile phone with an inbuilt camera module was produced by Sharp and released in Japan by J-Phone (now SoftBank Mobile) in November of the year 2000.

The J-SH04 phone could take photos, at 110,000-pixel resolution or 0.11-megapixels. One of the features that differentiated the J-SH04 from other competitors of that era like the Samsung SCH-V200 was the fact that the J-SH04 allowed you to send your photos electronically.
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Cameras have gone from being a secondary feature to becoming the core reason why people purchase new devices. There has also been a lot of innovation in the camera department over the years. Beginning from the days of Nokia PureView camera devices to today’s dual camera systems and Google’s HDR+ image processing algorithm.

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The Sharp J-SH04, released in November 2000, had a huge success in the Japanese market. Since the technology was still new, it didn’t see much adoption in other regions like Europe.
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In November 2002 the Sanyo SCP-5300 was launched in the U.S on Sprint. It cost $400 and it featured a chunky clamshell design. With a 0.3-megapixel capability, it could capture shots at 640 x 480 pixels. The Sanyo SCP-5300 also had a basic flash, white balance control, self-timer, digital zoom, and various filter effects like sepia, black and white, and negative colors.
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By the end of 2003, camera phones were really taking off in the U.S. and becoming already becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Over 80 million had already been sold worldwide. The good news for consumers was that quality was rising and prices were dropping. Camera phones have become very common. Only few people see the need to carry a dedicated device for taking photos or videos anymore, and digital cameras are fast leaving the market thanks to the phone camera trend.


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