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Cheapest Airtel Call Tariff Plans and Migration Codes (August 2018)


Airtel Nigeria Tariff Plans: Get the cheapest Airtel call tariff plans and migration codes in Nigeria - How to migrate to Airtel SmartPremier, SmartTalk, SmartTrybe, SmartConnet & more.

AIRTEL CALL TARIFF PLANS AND MIGRATION CODES IN NIGERIA

This post contains the cheapest Airtel call tariff plans and migration codes in Nigeria for 2018.
Want to know the cheapest Airtel call tariff plans in Nigeria?
Airtel Call tariff plans vary based on its features and your preferences, we aren’t in the era of 40k/sec anymore.
Calls are way more cost effective than before, you can now make a minute call for as low as N6.00. Moreover, with my list of Airtel call tariff plans, you can be sure to choose the best and cheapest call bundle for calling your loved one, friends and families.

These call plans come with other benefits such as:
Free Midnight Calls.Free data bonus on recharge.Relatively cheap calls (local and international)

Best Airtel tariff for International and local calls: These call plans are not just made for calls within Nigeria, there is also Airtel tariff plans design for making international calls, see them right below.
I will be sharing how you can migrate to the following Airtel Prepaid Tariff below;


Here are the best Airtel call tariff plans suitable for anyone mindful of excessive call rates. The Airtel tariff plans you are about to see are the best you can get on airtel network.
Let’s get right in… Here is my list of the top and cheapest Airtel tariff plans you can get over on airtel network.
Table of Contents
Cheapest Airtel Call Tariff Plans and Migration Codes With Cheap Airtel Call Rates (2018)
See how to migrate to some of the best Airtel Prepaid Plansand enjoy cheap Airtel call rates in Nigeria.
1. Airtel SmartPremier
On the Smart Premier prepaid tariff plan, you can get an extremely cheap call on airtel after the first-minute call charge.
All calls to all networks in Nigeria are at 11k/sec after the 1st min of the day at 40k/sec.
All calls to UK landlines, US, India, Canada, and China are at 11k/sec after the 1st min of the day at 40k/sec.
Receive calls for free while roaming for up to 500 minutes/month, you also get a whopping 15mb on every recharge you make.
*MTN Pulse is quite similar to this plans, kindly click here to see benefits of MTN Pulse tariff plan.

How to Migrate To SMARTPREMIER
Just dial *318# or send  YES to 318.
How many minutes will I get with N100 airtime on SmartPremier call plan?
Let’s do the calculations:
First 60 secs: N0.40kobo X 60 seconds = N24.00 Naira (100 – 24 = N76.00 left)
N0.11kobo X 60 seconds = N6.6k
So, with N100 recharge card, you will get > N76/N6.6 + (60 secs) ≅ 11 minutes 52 seconds
Call to all networks in Nigeria are charged at 11 kobo per second from the very 1st second for a daily access fee of #5 charged on your first call of the day.
Airtel Smart Talk allows you to make international calls at 20k per second to the USA, Canada, China, India and UK Landline.
How To Migrate To SMARTTALK
Just dial *315# or send YES to 315.
How many minutes will I get with N100 airtime on SmartTalk call plan?
Let’s do the calculations:
Daily Access Fee: N5.00 Naira (100 – 5 = N95.00 left)
N0.11kobo X 60 seconds = N6.6k
So, with N100 recharge card, you will get > N95/N6.6 ≅ 14 minutes 39 seconds

3. Airtel SmartTrybe

My favourite… *Winks
Anyway, Airtel SmartTRYBE is everyone’s favourite. Airtel Smart TRYBE is surely the most used and liked Airtel tariff plan in Nigeria.
Here’s why…
You can call for as low as 11k/sec on campus when you migrate to Trybe and also opt-in to the campus zone offer by dialling 3121#.
Enjoy 11k/sec for Trybe Calls also get free access to WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook and BBM. Up to 60MB free monthly data (i.e. a maximum of 15MB/week upon recharge of N200 weekly) Pay for 2 SMS, get 5 free.
YOUR CALL WOULD BE CHARGED AT 20KOBO FOR THE FIRST 50 SECONDS OF THE DAY BEFORE YOU START ENJOYING 11K/SECS.

How To Migrate To SMARTTRYBE
Just dial *312# or send YES to 312.  For campus offer dial *312*1# or send CAMPUS to 312.
How many minutes will I get with N100 airtime on smartTRYBE call plan?
Let’s do the calculations:
First 50 secs: N0.20kobo X 50 seconds = N10.00 Naira (100 – 10 = N90.00 left)
N0.11kobo X 60 seconds = N6.6k
So, with N100 recharge card, you will get > N90/N6.6 + (50 secs) ≅ 14 minutes 14 seconds

4. Airtel SmartTrybe Junior
This line is designed for those that have children at home. If you’re looking for the perfect Airtel call rates for your kids when calling you on the Airtel network, then you must consider switching your child’s line to Airtel SmartTRYBE Junior.
With this Airtel Prepaid plan, you will get;
Free calls & SMS to Mum & Dad from kid’s LINE,10% bonus of airtimetransferred to kid’s line when the parents recharge,100% bonus on data purchases from 200MB and above to browse and much more.NERDC approved courses presented in formats that make learning fun for kids.
The first-minute call on Airtel SmartTrybe Junior is charged @ 1st min – 40k/sec. Subsequent call rates are 11k/seconds to Parents, Family & Friends (FnF) Calls rates and 20k/seconds to all networks in Nigeria.
How To Migrate To SMARTTRYBE JUNIOR
Just dial *317# or send YES to 317
How many minutes will I get with N100 airtime on Airtel Smart TRYBE Junior call plan?
Let’s do the calculations (Parents, Family & Friends Calls rates):
First 60 secs: N0.40kobo X 60 seconds = N24.00 Naira (100 – 24 = N76.00 left)
N0.11kobo X 60 seconds = N6.6k
So, with N100 recharge card, you will get > N76/N6.6 + (60 secs) ≅ 12 minutes 12 seconds (Parents, Family & Friends Calls rates)
Let’s do the calculations (Airtel to all networks):
First 60 secs: N0.40kobo X 60 seconds = N24.00 Naira (100 – 24 = N76.00 left)
N0.20kobo X 60 seconds = N12k
So, with N100 recharge card, you will get > N76/N12 + (60 secs) ≅ 6 minutes 9 seconds (Airtel to all networks)
Have you heard about this plan?
If not, then you’re probably missing a lot. This one is one of the complete Airtel tariff planyou can get on the Airtel network.
If you migrate to Airtel SmartConnect, you should be open to;
200% bonus on all recharges of ₦200 and above.15MB weekly free data on recharges from N200,₦300 weekly Family and friends bonus on recharges of N200 and above.7 Hours of Airtel Night Callbetween 11 pm and 6 am at 11k/sec.
How To Migrate To SMARTCONNECT
This product is available to all new prepaid Airtel Customers. Just buy and activate a new prepaid Airtel SIM.
How many minutes will I get with N100 airtime on Smart Connect call plan?
Let’s do the calculations (Airtel to All Local Networks):
Main account + Bonus credit: N100 + N250 Naira = N350
N0.60kobo X 60 seconds = N36.00 Naira
So, with N100 recharge card, you will get > N350/N36 ≅ 10 minutes
Let’s do the calculations (Family and Friends Call):
Main account + F & F Bonus credit: N100 + N100 Naira = N200
N0.40kobo X 60 seconds = N24.00 Naira
So, with N100 recharge card, you will get > N200/N24 ≅ 8 minutes 33 seconds


6. Airtel SmartVALUE
One of the hottest Airtel prepaid call tariff plan at the moment. If you’re searching for a plan that does not charge for the first minute or access fee, then this plan fits the bill.
See below the full details what you stand to get with the Smart Value call tariff on Airtel.
If you migrate to this plan, here is what you stand to get:
Call all networks in Nigeria at 15kobo per second (from the very 1st second) no daily access fee.Make international calls at 20kobo per second to USA, Canada, China, India and UK Landline.
How to migrate to Airtel SmartVALUE
To migrate to the smartVALUEplan;
Simply dial *314#
Migration to this tariff plan is free of charge, so you can migrate from your previous tariff plans for free!
How many minutes will I get with N100 airtime on smartVALUE call plan?
Let’s do the calculations:
N0.15kobo X 60 seconds = N9 .00k
So, with N100 recharge card, you will get >> N100/N9 ≅ 11 minutes 11 seconds

Airtel Nigeria tariff plans have a new addition, This calling plan is called the “Airtel Value Plan“!
I’m sure you’d be like… What value is Airtel Value Plan going to offer apart from what the other airtel tariff plans already offer?
Well, I covered a lot about the plan in this post, you should read about it.
But in summary… The Airtel Value Plan was newly introduced in 2017. This plan allows you to enjoy amazing call rates at a very low cost. You can call all network in Nigeria for 11k/sec.
The sweet side of it is, you don’t have to pay for any first-minute access charge. All you have to do is… Migrate to Airtel value plan and start enjoying cheap calls rates on the Airtel network.
How to migrate to Airtel Value Plan
To activate, simply dial *243#.You will get a message welcoming you to the new Airtel value plan with 11k/sec call rates.
How many minutes will I get with N100 airtime on VALUE call plan?
Let’s do the calculations for (all network):
N0.11kobo X 60 seconds = N6.6k
So, with N100 recharge card, you will get > N100/N6.6 ≅ 15 minutes 15 seconds
All Airtel Migration Codes
Here’s a summary table showing the list of all Airtel tariff plans and migration codes.
Airtel Tariff Plans and Migration Codes (Summary)
TARIFF PLANSMIGRATION CODESSmart PREMIER*318#Smart TRYBE*312#Smart TALK*315#Smart TRYBE JUNIOR*317#Smart CONNECTNew Airtel SIMSmart VALUE*314#Value Plan*243#
To wrap it up:
Choosing the best and cheapest Airtel call tariff plandepends on what you desire, I believe you’ve gone through the various Airtel Nigeria tariff plans and there are quite a few I find ideal and amazing.
BASED ON LOGISTICS… Airtel SmartTalk and Airtel Value Plancut it when it comes to the cheapest call plan Airtel. However, the SmartTrybe planis also a close contender and I personally find lots of amazing benefits on the Airtel SmartTrybe call tariff package.
If you’ve tested or currently using a particular Airtel tariff plan or bundle, kindly share it with us via the comment section below.
We’d be glad to get a feedback from you, hope you see you again soon… cheers.

Oppo R17 and R17 Pro Launch Date and Price Confirmed

About two weeks ago, the news of Oppo working on a supposedly first of its kind 10GB RAM smartphone broke the internet, leaving many people anticipating what next the Chinese OEM has in store for users.
Now, Oppo has let the cat out of the bag and the Oppo R17 is the end result. While it doesn’t come with 10GB of RAM as previously speculated, it does come with features that even trumps expectations.First of them all is the in-display (or under-display) fingerprint sensor. The Oppo R17 becomes the first smartphone from the OEM to sport its fingerprint sensor in its display. The fingerprint sensor has a 3P Micro lens for reading and identifying prints and is only 4 sq.mm big.z

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First of them all is the in-display (or under-display) fingerprint sensor. The Oppo R17 becomes the first smartphone from the OEM to sport its fingerprint sensor in its display. The fingerprint sensor has a 3P Micro lens for reading and identifying prints and is only 4 sq.mm big.



Almost all the frontal real estate is covered by the display. There is literally no bezels on the left and right side of the device. The top bezel houses the tiny earpiece opening but is also negligible as it is super tiny. At the top of the display, there is a small-sized notch at the top of the display which houses the 25MP front-facing selfie camera.

The notch almost seems like a copy of the cut-out found on the Essential Phone PH-1.



The device comes with 6.4” AMOLED screen with Full HD+ resolution, a newly introduced Qualcomm (Snapdragon 670 SoC), 8GB RAM, 128GB of built-in storage, dual 16MP and 5MP camera combination on the rear, and Android Oreo v8.1 operating system.

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Powering the in-display fingerprint sensor smartphone flagship is a 3,500mAh battery accompanied by the VOOC quick charge technology. The Oppo R17 will be available in two colour variants: Stream Blue and Neon Purple.


Oppo R17 Neon Purple
The rear panel of the Oppo R17 comes with an interesting aesthetic property similar to what Huawei did with the Huawei P20 Pro. Depending on viewing angles and lighting, the colours of the device changes. For example, the Stream Blue variant transitions from Blue to Green to Aqua while the Neon Purple appears as magenta on one side and violet on the other.

Official launch date of the flagship is August 16 and price is expected to be in the range of $1,200 to $1,500.

Here is the face of Motorola P30...iPhone X replica

Lenovo-owned Motorola is out with its latest flagship device, the Motorola P30. While the device sports top-of-the-line specs and trendy features, it can be safely said to be a carbon copy of the iPhone X in terms of design, body form and aesthetic.


With a full-view notched display, the Motorola P30’s display is sized 6.2-inch and comes with a Full HD+ resolution and in 19:9 aspect ratio, making it more easier to hold in the hands despite its large display size.

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At the top of the display is the front-facing camera — a 12-megapixels sensor with f/2.0 lens and 1.25 um pixel size. A 3.5mm headphone jack is that the top while there are dual speaker grills and USB-C port at the bottom.


On the rear, there are dual camera sensors arranged vertically with the LED flashlight in between both sensors, just as it is on Apple’s iPhone X. Developed by OmniVision, the camera sensors are of 16MP and 5MP quality respectively. While the Motorola ‘M’ logo on the rear seem like an aesthetic property only, it doubles as the fingerprint scanner.

The device is powered by a 1.8GHz Octa-core Snapdragon 636 CPU and comes with Adreno 509 GPU. Alongside the SoC is an Adreno 509 GPU in charge if graphics and huge 6GB RAM for multitasking.

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There are three colour variants of the Moto P30 — Ice White, Bright Black, and Aurora Blue. The Aurora Blue variant transition colours between blue and green based on viewing angles and lighting, just like the Huawei P20 Pro and Oppo R17.

The device will run the Android Oreo v8.0 OS based on the ZUI 4.0 out of the box and in charge of keeping the phone up and running is a fast charging 3,000 mAh battery.

Price-wise, the Motorola P30 will retail for $289 for the version with 64GB built-in storage while the bigger 128GB variant will go for $303.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Price, Features, and Pictures



The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is the latest product from the Chinese gadget manufacturer’s ‘Mi Pad’ line of tablet. The device is the successor to the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 which was released over a year ago and you can surely trust Xiaomi to do bring on board improved features on this new device compared to its predecessor.

The tablet was officially unveiled by Xiaomi on June 25 alongside the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro. Let’s have a quick peek at some of the specs and features of the new Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 under the following headers:

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4: Design and Aesthetic

Compared to its predecessor, one of the design modifications that comes easily to the eye is the sleek and narrow body structure of the device. The Mi Pad 4 is designed to ease operating the device with one hand (when used vertically). The tablet comes in smooth aluminum body with glass covering on the front.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4


At 7.9mm, the Mi Pad 4 is a bit thicker than its predecessor. Interestingly,
a Nano SIM card slot has been added to the left side of the tablet; a feature that the Mi Pad 3 lacked.


All the hard keys and buttons (volume up, volume down, and power button) of the tablet are all on the right-hand side.

Another design modification to the Mi Pad 4 is the placement of the loudspeaker. The tablet now comes with two speaker grills, both of which are located at the bottom of the device on each side of the USB-C port.

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The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is available in two colour options only: Rose Gold (with white dial on the front) and Black (with black dial on the front).

Display
There is an 8.0-inch screen on the front with a 77% screen-to-body ratio. The display is an IPS LCD type and has a resolution of 1200 x 1920 pixels and a 283 ppi pixel density. The tablet has a 16:10 aspect ratio with bezels which have become tad bit slimmer. The curved edges of the display also does add to the aesthetic properties of the tablet.


CAMERA
The primary camera is a 13-megapixels shooter situated at the top-left corner of the device. On the front, placed centrally at the top of the display, is a 5MP selfie camera. Both sensor lack LED flashlight support but take top quality pictures.

As a cherry on top, the front-facing camera come with AI support for facial recognition (face unlock).

Here comes the anticipated MIFI

Processor and Storage
Per storage, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 comes in two different RAM and ROM combo. The standard variant has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory while the second variant has bigger storage capacity; 4 gigabytes of RAM and 64GB built-in storage.

All version of the Mi Pad 4 are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 system-on-chip with eight cores that can clock up to 2.2GHz and laced with the Adreno 512 GPU to handle graphics. The tablet comes out of the box with Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 9.0 OS (based on Android Oreo v8.1).

Network and Connectivity
Regarding network options, there are two models of the Xiaomi: a Wi-Fi only model (with no SIM card support) and a Wi-Fi + LTE model (with single Nano SIM card support).

Other connectivity options on the Mi Pad 4 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band, 2.45 GHz and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS & A-GPS (for LTE model only), and USB-C.

Battery
The Mi Pad 3 caught the attention of many when it launched with a 6,600mAh battery. It’s safe to say the the Mi Pad 4 will follow in the same footsteps even though the battery capacity has been watered down to 6,000mAh perhaps in a bid to make the tablet slimmer and one-hand friendly.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Price and Availability
Sales of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 officially commenced four days after it was launched and here’s how much each model and variants cost:

3GB+32GB WiFi model — $166
4GB+64GB WiFi model — $211
4GB+64GB LTE model — $226
With a front-facing camera laced with AI-powered face unlock, LTE support, fast Snapdragon processor, colossal battery backup, and redefined design, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is a tablet flagship killer.

See the first Nokia Smartphone that will get the Android 9 Pie

The Android 9 Pie (Android 9 or Android P for short) was released about a week ago and ever since, a good number of OEMs have rushed to announce to their fans and users which of their devices will be getting the OS update, and which of them wouldn’t. OnePlus was one of the pioneer smartphone manufacturer to do so; when it surprised users and announced that some of its old flagship will still get the Android P.

HMD Global have also followed suit; interestingly, all of its Nokia devices will be getting the latest Google OS update. However, as confirmed by the company’s C.E.O, the Nokia 7 Plus will be the first one of the pack to get the Android P.

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The update is expected to start rolling out to most users of the Nokia 7 Plus in September. It is also expected that in the coming weeks —after the update fully rolls out to the 7 Plus— the next Nokia smartphone(s) that will receive the update will be made known. According to GSMArena, the Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 8 Sirocco are most likely next in line.

MTN Got Down In Rumble N Tumble Over 'missing' $13.9bn


Senators have called for investigation of
telecommunications company, MTN over allegations of illegally withdrawing money running into billions of dollars from the Nigerian economy.
Leading the charge is Senator Dino Melaye of Kogi west senatorial district, who accused MTN of illegally moving around $13.92billion out Nigeria.

Melaye made this statement during senate plenary on Tuesday, September 27 as he moved a motion for the passage of a bill tagged “Unscrupulous Violation of the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous) Act.”
The motion was seconded by Senator Akpan Bassey from Cross River state who added that the allegations against MTN violated the legal financial provisions of Nigeria and should be properly investigated.
Bloomberg reports that MTN refused to comment on the allegations when called on Tuesday.
It wrote: “A spokesman for Johannesburg-based MTN wasn’t immediately available to comment.


“The shares fell as much as 4.4 percent, what would be the biggest fall on a closing basis since June 27, and traded 2.8 percent lower at 120.50 rand as of 1:06 p.m. in Johannesburg.

“The accusation comes a little over three months after MTN agreed to pay a 330 billion naira ($1 billion) fine in cash to the Nigerian government and list its local unit on the country’s stock exchange after about eight months of negotiations. The penalty was levied for missing a deadline to disconnect 5.1 million customers unregistered in the country.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has been dragged to court over the recent fine reduction granted to one of the telecommunications companies, MTN.

In a suit filed by a human rights activist and lawyer Edward Omaga, the president, the minister of communication Adebayo Shittu and three others have been accused of "illegally" reducing the fine imposed on MTN.

MTN increases prices of DATA plans as demanded by Buhari's government


Nigeria's telecommunication giant, MTN, has decided to increase the prices of internet subscription for consumers as mandated by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Daily Trust reports that in a broadcast message to its subscribers, MTN declared: “Dear customer, please be informed that from 1st Dec, some MTN data tariffs will be increased to reflect the new rates set by the NCC to operators. Thank you.”

Feelers reaching NAIJ.com show that the new rate beginning from December 1 could see MTN subscribers paying as much as N1000 for 500 megabytes instead of the about 1.5 gigabytes.
There could be changes for other telecom companies in the country in order to meet the reported proposition by Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the Central Bank Governor, for a tax from mobile phine users in the country as part of efforts to meet the economic recession.


Adebayo Shittu, the minister of Communication, had defended the proposed 10 percent tax on phone calls, text messages and data saying it would help enhance telecommunication services in the country.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Shittu spoke in Osogbo, Osun state, saying: "We have a lot of deficiency in the provision of infrastructure in the telecommunication sector.
“And I believe that those who proposed the bill must have thought that government centrally relies on tax because without tax, government cannot operate.
"We are proposing a workshop on the bill for all stakeholders in telecommunication services, operators and even ordinary man.

Some Basic Smarter And Affordable Smartphone


With the present standard of living in the Nation, Nigeria, there are still some basic smartphone that you can afford. 
We bring to you five smarter phones that you can not resist
One of the differences between an average tech savvy, upwardly mobile individual in this age and the regular person who is not any of these is the type of mobile phone they use and what they can accomplish with it. But even beyond the functional benefits and value of a smart mobile phone, people like to own good, fancy (even) mobile phones as a social status marker, never mind that they will never optimally utilise their functions throughout its life time.
1. Tecno Camon C8:
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Dual mini sim compatible, this phone’s touch display capacity includes an IPS capacitive LCD touchscreen with 16,000,000 colours. It has 3000AHbattery meaning you will get more battery life and will be less likely found moving round your neighbourhood with chargers drooping around your neck. It also has a 13 MP back camera and a 5MP front camera plus a 16 GB ROM and a 1GB RAM.

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2. HTC Desire 626Gplus: 
This phone, just because it is possible to capture life’s beautiful moments in high resolution. It has a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash like the Tecno camon C9 but unlike it, it has a 5MP front camera with BSI sensors which means that you need not worry about the quality of your selfies in low-light vicinity. It has a 1.7GHz Octa Core Processor, 5 inch HD IPS touch display with a slot for dual nano sim cards. I love the way this phone makes you feel powerful yet stylish, however I do fear a little for its battery life because it has a 2000 MAh Battery.



3. Tecno Camon C9:
 I love this phone! Dubbed the selfie master, Tecno Camon C9 does not just play on the name of popular camera brand, “Canon”; it actually flaunts a 13.0 MP LED flash back camera plus a 13.0 LED Flash front camera with an 83 degree wide viewing angle and an ISP picture noise detecting technology among others. How do I explain that this phone was built as the response to the human need for selfies besides its other amazing features?



4. Infinix Hot S X521:
 If you have any reservations for the Infinix range of phones, it is because you have not experienced Infinix Hot S X521, particular emphasis on “experience”. This phone is the company’s latest ground breaking effort and a first for it on many levels. It is the first Infinix phone to come with a finger print sensor and you cannot miss the fact that unlike the Infinix phones before it, it is smaller and definitely sleek. Yes, you can say “sleek” and “Infinix” in the same sentence now.

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I find it very impressive that it has a 13.MP dual LED flash back camera and an 8.0 MP wide angle, soft LED flash front camera. This is definitely the way to go.

5. InnJoo Max3 Pro: 
As with Infinix, I like that Innjoo has revamped its phones and this is not just in terms of their look and feel, important as they are. Injoo Max 3 Pro comes with a 3GB RAM and a 32 GB in built storage. Its 8MP front camera is impressive, particularly for its autofocus feature. For display feature this phone has a 6.0 inch IPS display and 720 X1280 pixels. What’s there not to love about it?
You see that you don’t have to break a bank or part with an arm and a leg to afford a good phone? So instead of stashing up your earnings for when you will be able to finally buy a phone you can actually go to sites like Efritin.com to purchase these phones either as brand new or used phones.

Oppo F9 Pro India Launch Event to Start Soon: Live Updates

The Oppo F9 Pro is slated to release in three colour options - Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue, and Starry Purple. The pricing and availability of the Oppo F9 Pro haven't been leaked yet, but official details will be out today. To recall, the Oppo F9 price in Vietnam has been set at VND 7,690,000 (roughly #56,300) for the 4GB RAM variant, while the price for the 6GB RAM variant is yet to be revealed.
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Based on previous leaks and the Vietnam official listing for the Oppo F9, the Oppo F9 Pro is also expected to support dual-SIM (Nano) slots and run on ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. It is set to feature a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) LTPS TFT display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It should be powered by the MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, coupled with ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU and 6GB RAM. Internal storage is pegged to be at 128GB with expandable storage support via a dedicated microSD card slot (up to 256GB).Oppo F9 Pro specifications

The Oppo F9 Pro sports a dual rear camera setup, which is said to have a 16-megapixel primary sensor along with an f/1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor paired with an f/2.4 aperture, alongside an LED flash. There is also a 25-megapixel sensor along with an f/2.0 aperture. Features such as a portrait mode, HDR mode, artificial intelligence (AI) based scene recognition, AI Beautification 2.1, AR stickers, and Slow Motion video mode will be added.
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The smartphone should pack a 3,500mAh battery that supports Oppo's proprietary VOOC charging technology to deliver faster-charging results. In terms of connectivity, the smartphone is expected to include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, e-compass, and a proximity sensor. Besides, the smartphone measures 156.7x74x7.99mm and weighs 169 grams.

Spectranet relaunches website, unveils mobile app

Leading internet services provider, Spectranet 4GLTE has announced the relaunch of its website and the unveiling of Spectranet Mobile app to simplify and offer seamless internet connectivity and solutions to Nigerian homes and businesses.

The move is aimed at bringing innovative disruptions to internet service market in Nigeria whilst offering more value to customers.

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Riding on aesthetics, the website has been made more visually appealing and comes with new features comprising Spectranet Enterprise Business Solutions and improved means of accessing and purchasing the brand’s data modems and plans.

Speaking on the strategic moves, Chief Executive Officer, Ajay Awasthi notes: “Spectranet is keen on keeping homes and families connected as we push frontiers in providing innovative, internet solutions with customer-centric mindset.

“The new look of our corporate website is visually appealing and engaging. It’s an all-in-one hub with sufficient information on our services, data plans and modems. The site makes it  easier for customers to access our services seamlessly. This is what we have been doing over the years.

“We are committed to sustaining this tradition, hence the need for this move. The website comes with features that will aid customers in accessing our customer-centric payment channels for data plans and modems. We are equally using the website to set a new benchmark in pushing the enterprise internet services market with innovative products and services.

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The Spectranet Mobile app offers customers seamless connectivity. It comes with a unique artificial intelligence, EVA, who provides instant responses to questions raised by customers on Spectranet offers and services.

Head of Marketing, Mike Ogor says “the app will increase customer engagement and provide them with more values.With the mobile app, connectivity becomes seamless and payment for subscription is made simpler. The app offers customers easy access to check their account balance and other related information.

Spectranet Limited was the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) to launch 4G LTE internet service in Nigeria. The brand is known for providing an affordable, faster and more reliable internet broadband to Nigerian homes and offices. Its internet service is currently available across Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan and Port Harcourt. Its state of the art network ensures high speed internet connectivity for the customers.

Spectranet 4G LTE is a recipient of multiple awards for Best 4G LTE Internet Service Provider in Nigeria in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

NickFest Comes To Nigeria

The show, put together by Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) in partnership with Maltina will take place in Lagos on September 29th and 30th.


Organisers say NickFest 2018 will deliver a fun-filled experience for families promising to be a captivating experience for various age groups with unique family-friendly events. The weekend will feature Nickelodeon’s superstar characters in brand new shows: the world’s most popular, irreverent sea sponge, SpongeBob Square Pants; Adventure Bay’s intrepid pups, Skye, Rubble Marshall and Chase from Paw Patrol: the feisty and fun Dora the Explorer with her animal rescuer cousin, Diego and Dora’s best pal, Boots. Shimmer and Shine, the two genies who can solve any problem will join in the fun as part of the amazing character lineup. Kids and parents can look forward to lots of singing, dancing and pure laugh aloud fun as they are whisked away to their favorite Nickelodeon characters worlds.

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Kids and parents can also look forward to seeing the fun and friendly face of Maltina’s Happy character. This year Happy will be centre stage at the popular Maltina Happy Land at NickFest. For the first time, Happy will be performing his very own show which will surprise and delight kids and parents at Maltina Happy Land.


The popular Slime Zone will have more gooey green slime and a number of slime activities for the Nickelodeon Slime fans. A major highlight of NickFest is The Celebrity Slime Challenge where popular personalities are slimed green in an effort to raise both awareness and funds for children support through NGO projects in Nigeria.


According to Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director for VIMN Africa and BET International, “NickFest delivers an amazing experience for families to enjoy the best of Nickelodeon.  We are thrilled to bring the festival back to Nigeria in partnership with Maltina for a second consecutive year.”


For Ngozi Nkwoji, Portfolio Manager, Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Nigerian Breweries Plc, “This is indeed an exciting partnership for Maltina. We recognize that we are all busy and more often than not, life just gets in the way, making family time that much more important. As a brand that is all about nourishing family moments, we are proud to partner with Nickelodeon again to bring all the excitement of Nickfest to the whole family. Nickfest is one of those events that the whole family can enjoy and is an event that nourishes those precious family moments,” she said.

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This year NickFest will welcome more than 4,000 children and families to the Federal Palace, a venue to be transformed into a bright orange Nickelodeon and Maltina wonderland.

Here comes the anticipated MIFI

With all the networks in the country rolling out their 4G LTE service,surfing the internet now will be a piece of cake for customers.With the 4G LTE service using MTN Mobile WIFI you get the best service ever.
MTN Mobile WiFi is a portable WiFi device that can fit into anywhere,it can be placed in your bag or in your pocket,any place suitable for you.It  allows users connect up to ten WiFi enabled devices such as Laptops, Tablets, Phones and other such devices simultaneously to the internet.

BENEFITS OF USING THE MTN MOBILE WIFI
Connects up to 10 WiFi enabled at the same time – Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops, Computers, Game Consoles, Smart TVs etc.Internet connectivity on the move with up to 8 hours of battery life.For home or Small Business use.Free 20GBAvailable for N10,000 only.Promotional offer available for a limited time only.

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HOW DOES THE MTN MOBILE WIFI WORK
Launch the MTN Mobile WiFi icon from your computer or start your Internet browser and enterhttp://192.168.1.1 in the address bar.
Type the Login Password: default password is admin (you are advised to change this password to prevent for security reasons).
Click on SMS at the top of the screen and send an SMS with keyword MIFI to 131.You will receive an acknowledge SMS confirming you now have 500MB of data, valid for 1 month.After that you are good to go.

WAYS TO USE THE MTN MOBILE WIFI
The MTN Mobile WiFi can be used in USB mode i.e when connected to your PC or WiFi mode i.e connecting up to 10 WiFi enabled devices.
Insert your SIM Card via the SIM card slot entrance at the back of your MiFi device then connect the MiFi to a PC with the compatible data cable inside the pack,power on the MiFi by pressing and holding the power button until the light comes on.
The modem is ‘’plug and play’’ and will auto install upon powering it on. However if the auto install does not work, simply double click the setup icon in the MiFi folder from your computer and wait for the software to install.

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USING IT IN USB MODE
Once installation is completed successfully, launch the MTN Mobile WiFi from the icon on your desktop to open the MTN Mobile WiFi user interface.  (If you’re having problems loading the page, check your browser proxy settings; be sure to select “Automatically detect settings”)
Once the user interface is launched, type the Login Password: default password is admin (you are advised to change this password for security reasons).
Recharge and activate any Data plan from the Subscription page on the Interface. You can also send the appropriate keyword by SMS, to activate a Data plan.
Once you receive the sms confirmation for your data plan, you can launch a browser and connect to the Internet.

USING IT IN WIRELESS MODE (WI-FI)
After you have successfully activated a data bundle using the MTN Mobile WiFi user interface, you can connect up to 10 WiFi capable devices simultaneously to the internet.
Ensure your MiFi device is powered on (press and hold the power button until the light comes on).
Turn on Wi-Fi on your computer or device and search for available wireless networks, then select & connect to the MTN Mobile WiFi E5830S (Password/key is printed behind the device).

Alcatel 7 launched with 6-inch FHD+ display, dual rear cameras



Backed up by a 4000mAh battery, the Alcatel 7 smartphone runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) operating system on the software front. The battery is claimed to offer 6 hours of usage after 22 minutes of charging.

Alcatel has launched a new smartphone dubbed as Alcatel 7 in the United States at $199.99 which is approximately #72,000 The smartphone comes in Black colour and is available for sale exclusively from MetroPCS.
Alcatel 7 features a 6.0-inch (2160×1080 pixels) FHD+ 18:9 IPS 2.5D curved glass display. Armed with a 2.5GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P23 processor with Mali G71 MP2 GPU, the phone has 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and expandable memory up to 128GB via microSD.


 Alcatel 7Display6.0-inch (2160×1080 pixels) FHD+ProcessorMediaTek Helio P23CameraDual -12MP + 2MP, 8MP frontMemory2GB + 32GBBattery4000mAhOperating SystemAndroid Oreo
Backed up by a 4000mAh battery, the smartphone runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) operating system on the software front. The battery is claimed to offer 6 hours of usage after 22 minutes of charging. It has a dual rear camera of 12-megapixel primary sensor with LED flash and 2-megapixel secondary sensor. For the front, the Alcatel 7 has an 8-megapixel camera for selfies and it supports Face Unlock. The smartphone also features a fingerprint sensor below the camera at the back.
Alcatel 7 has standard connectivity features like 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and GPS. For dimensions, it has 162 x 76 x 8.05 mm and it weighs 155 grams.


As of now, there is no information about its launch in India. The company launched Alcatel 3V in Nigeria for #45,943 in May this year and it is available for purchase from Jumia. 

Multichoice launches the latest App (4th generation)


MultiChoice is launching the DStv Now App on three new platforms; Samsung Smart TV’s (from 2015  going on), Apple TV (4th gen) and Android TV.

DStv Now is an add on that comes with DStv subscriptions and allows users to stream DStv content from that package on the go using their mobile phones, and laptops.


I only recently acquainted myself with DStv Now and I must admit it’s very convenient. Not having to argue with anyone at home when you want to watch a live sporting event is refreshing but the only drawback is the data consumption. Because you’re streaming the content online if you want to watch at any decent resolution you’ll have to make sure your internet is fast enough and you also have enough data to actually watch. Streaming one hour of full HD content will consume around 1.7Gb per hour which is no joke!

Refining the experience
Anyway with the new applications being launched on these platforms, DStv is looking to optimize the DStv Now experience as I’m assuming that before this users on Smart TV’s had to access DStv now using the built in web-browsers on their TV’s. I don’t picture that being the most exciting experience so it’s great that DStv is bringing an application for the (few) people who are viewing on these platforms.


4k coming soon
DStv is also bringing 4K to the DStv Now platform in a bid to better compete with popular streaming service Netflix. I think this is something that will be targeting South African subscribers in the short term, as the rest of us couldn’t afford the whooping 7Gb/hour needed to stream at Ultra HD. Anyway for those with unlimited internet that’s fast enough, I’m sure that will be a welcome feature, granted you have the TV, Phone or laptop to actually reap the benefits of 4k.

Kerala Floods: How Google, Jio, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, and BSNL Are Helping the Affected


Telcos are offering free data to those impacted by Kerala floodsBSNL is offering free calling of 20 minutes per dayJio is providing one week extension to its subscribers in Kerala
Kerala floods have ravaged daily life in the state, resulting in the death of over 300 people and displacing more than 3 lakh. A red alert has been issued in Kerala due to the rains and 2,000 relief camps have been set up. Internet search giant Google has joined telecom operators Airtel, Vodafone, Jio, BSNL and Idea in helping the affected people using technology. Google is allowing Android users to share their locations even when they are offline to help rescuers find them. The telcos are offering data and calling benefits to prepaid customers in the state, while postpaid users are getting extension on bill payments as well as uninterrupted services due to the disruption resulting from Kerala floods. Airtel is also providing free Wi-Fi and calling facility to affected users, and is providing them the option to recharge their phones’ batteries at select Airtel stores.
Google Maps users on Android phones and tablets will be able to send the plus code of their locations online as well as offline. They just need to zoom in to their location to the maximum - just touch and hold on the location to drop a pin on the map. At the bottom will be an address - any user can find this code to locate you, and share it with others as well. To share the Google Maps location plus code offline during the Kerala floods, you can send it via SMS or make a call to any number. To share it online, enter the plus code and city name in the search box of the Google Maps or Search app.   

In the aftermath of Kerala floods,  is offering prepaid subscribers in the state auto-approval of talk time credit worth Rs. 30. This sum will be credited automatically to their accounts, and will have to be paid back later on. Along with this, the prepaid users will get 1GB of mobile data with validity of 7 days. Additionally, all STD and local calls made to Airtel numbers will be free from August 17 to August 19.
Postpaid and home broadband users are getting an extension on bill payment as well uninterrupted access to services. Airtel says is also setting up VSAT at five centres to deliver free Wi-Fi and calling to people impacted by Kerala floods.
Additionally, anyone can come to one of the 30 Airtel Stores to charge their phones and to make free calls to their friends and family. These Airtel Stores are located in Thrissur, Calicut, Malappuram, Kannur, Kottayam, Thiruvananthapuram, and Ernakulam.

MTN targets $1billion from Nigeria, Ghana listings

Telecommunications, giant, MTN plans to raise $1 billion through its proposed listing on the Nigeria and Ghana stock exchanges later in the year.Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE), Kofi Yamoah, said MTN Ghana would officially introduce 35 per cent of its capital into the GSE by the end of first quarter (Q1) 2018.
He said MTN Ghana has submitted the necessary documents for review, adding: “We believe that at the end of the first quarter, we will see the public offering of this entity take off.”

MTN was supposed to list in 2017, but the process was delayed. The decision to list on the GSE was reached as a condition for the acquisition of a 15-year $67m 4G license in 2015.

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Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Ebenezer Asante said: “It’s very clear from the license that 35 per cent of MTN should be moved into Ghanaian hands and since we required the license, we have engaged the regulators in the NCA, as well as the Central Bank and also with the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

In Nigeria, MTN has set June 2018 deadline for its initial public offer (IPO), which is expected to be the biggest on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).The decision to list on the NSE was reached in June 2016 during negotiations of fine issued MTN after it failed to disconnect unregistered subscribers from its network as directed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Stakeholders in the Nigerian capital market described the move by the telecoms giant to raise $500 million from the sale of shares in its Nigerian business during the first half of the year as a positive development.They said it would deepen the market and encourage active participation of individual consumers in the company’s wealth creation process.

MTN, which controls about 39 per cent market share, currently services about 57 million customers in Nigeria.Capital market analysts, operators and investors are full of expectations that the move was a step towards the firms’ overdue listing, which market participants had anticipated in the past few years.The move is to enable the company in fulfilling the terms of a deal struck with the Nigeria, to settle a record fine imposed on it in 2016, over SIM registration default.

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Indeed, there have been growing agitations for multinationals in the telecoms, and oil and gas companies to list on the nation’s bourse by way of public offer to accommodate members of the investing public.

Analysts have agreed that compelling big corporates that control niche sectors of the Nigerian economy, especially telecoms, oil and gas would significantly raise the stock market capitalisation, currently estimated at over N15 trillion but lower than its peers in other emerging markets.Head, Research and Strategy, Codros Capital Limited, Christian Orajekwe, told The Guardian in a telephone interview that it was a welcome development for the market because MTN has strong values and fundamentals.President, Constant Shareholders Association, Shehu Mikail, said the listing would help deepen the market, while urging other telecom and oil firms to join the league.

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Unlimited MTN free browsing cheat, for  July 2018 using  Psiphon VPN (virtual private network) app that powers free browsing onAndroid devices and PCs.
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Follow the steps below to configure your  PSIPHON VPN  app for the latest MTN free browsing cheat

Download Latest Psiphon Handler version 1.70 
  
install and open the app,
configure your PSIPHON HANDLER Settings as follows:
✓ Tick Remove port box

✓Proxy type: choose Dual Real Host or No Proxy
✓Proxy server:datareset.mtnonline .com/#Xstring
✓Real proxy type: HTTP
✓Real proxy port: 80


Navigate toOPTIONS tab and select UNITEDSTATES as your region.
 Tap on MORE OPTIONS, tick CONNECT THROUGH HTTP box,  Tap on USE THE FOLLOWING SETTINGS and input the settings below
Host Address:  10.199.212.2
Port: 8080

Finally go back and click on the connect button
wait for some seconds for it to connect once it connects you can start surfing the internet for free.
 

Nigeria Internet Users Decrease in June – NCC


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says Internet users in the country decreased to 102,805,122 million in June from the 103,152,726 million recorded in May.
The NCC made this disclosure in its Monthly Internet Subscribers Data for June 2018 on its website on in Abuja.
The data showed a decrease 347,604 subscribers in the country. The data showed a decrease with the figure of 347,604 subscribers in the country.
NCC said Airtel gained more internet subscribers during the month under review, while MTN, 9Mobile and Globacom were the big losers.
The breakdown revealed that Airtel gained 162,711 new internet users, increasing subscription to its services from 26,548,338 million in May to 26, 711,049 in June. It said MTN lost 253,612 internet users in June amounting to 38, 937,473 as against 39,191,085 recorded in May.
It said that Globacom also lost 36,187 internet users decreasing its subscription to 26, 571,254 in June from 26,607,441 recorded in May. It said 9mobile lost 222,516 internet users in June decreasing its subscription to 10,585,346 as against 10,807,862 recorded in May


NLC May Picket NCC over Telcos ‘excesses’
Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), may risk picketing of its premises by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) if the NCC fails to address what it described as excess of telecommunications services providers in the country, according to Newtelegraph.
Organised labour recently accused the NCC of aiding MTN Nigeria to disobey extant Nigerian laws and international labour laws and convention, which was signed by the country in 1960.
A letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and signed by Comrade Ayuba Wabba, president, NLC, accused MTN Nigeria of funding their global operation with funds from Nigeria and subjecting Nigerian workers to unfriendly Labour practices such as casualisation and disallowing unionisation.
Wabba lamented that it was unfortunate that the NCC that was supposed to be a regulatory agency statutorily charged with the dual role of creating an enabling environment for business operations as well as protecting consumers and workers, has failed to play that role.

“It is perfidious that NCC sees its role only as that of protecting the telecom infrastructure, even though none of them came under threat as alleged by MTN during our peaceful picket,” he said.
“The rush by NCC to report NLC to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) is both hypocritical and suspect. But we do know who plays the piper, dictates the tune.

“NCC did not see anything wrong with hosting critical data outside Nigeria or with continual loss of jobs by Nigerians in spite of the unspeakable money made and repatriated by telecom operators.
“It did not see anything wrong with the violation of Nigerian Laws, Labour Laws or security breaches leading to the loss of lives of security personnel, not to talk about humongous illicit financial flows as highlighted in the Thabo Mbeki Report, which continue to undermine our national wellbeing or security.
“In our estimation, the greatest threat to Nigeria’s national security is not by Nigerian workers but the bullish and arrogant attitude of MTN and its co-travellers or collaborators like the NCC.
“Let NCC continue to promote this talk about MTN infrastructure constituting core critical national asset. We do not begrudge them. For us at the Nigeria Labour Congress, however, no asset can be more critical to Nigeria than Nigerians themselves.
“Accordingly, we wish to put NCC on notice that we will picket it the way we picketed MTN if it continues to discharge its duties in the breach. Let it continue with its amebo instead of doing the work for which it is established.”
He said the Nigeria Labour Congress is a pan-Nigerian organisation, which jealously guards its national interests. “No one should blackmail it even though it may not have the wherewithal to organise or sponsor executives to foreign seminars or workshops every week,” he said.

“A perfunctory look at MTN’s global activities and earnings confirms our assertion that proceeds from MTN Nigeria is used to run the global MTN. Where therefore does this arrogance come from?
“We insist that companies, no matter how rich or powerful must respect our leaders, and obey the laws of the land. We insist they must treat Nigerians fairly and decently, for, clearly, Nigerian workers, nay, Nigerians have been at the receiving end of the bad behavior of some transnationals in the telecom sector. Enough is enough.
“Workers of Airtel, First Bank, Union Bank and many other companies were salvaged from slave labour by the Nigeria Labour Congress through this same process or action. MTN therefore, should not be given preferential treatment or consider itself to be above the law.”


He said the three-day picket represents the first step in the series of lawful actions the Union shall be taking against companies that act in breach of national and international labour laws and its national interest.
“We owe no one an apology for that. We would wish to let everyone know that we are committed to this operation. We have the will and the means to sustain it,” he said.
Wabba noted, “It similarly engages in other anti-labour practices such as casualisation for nearly all types of work, fixed- term contract work for Nigerian workers, worst forms of precarious work, etc.
“It is on record that the Nigeria Labour Congress on several occasions protested to the MTN and government about these unwholesome practices without a reasonable response.”
The IBM Watson Workspace, a messaging application which helps teams improve work productivity and also provides the capability to hold group conversations and share data files is now available to companies in Nigeria.
Through its built-in AI capabilities, the solution enables sales and technical teams to create workspaces where they can collaborate on all sales activities.
Watson Workspace also enables companies to significantly reduce the time group members spend reading through conversations to obtain information relevant to them.

Descasio, a leading cloud services provider in West Africa, has adopted IBM Watson Workspace to enhance its existing email services and provide a smart employee collaborating tool on desktop and mobile devices.
The company was looking for an application that could enable smarter and seamless communication, helping their teams to focus on the strategic aspects of their business.
Dele Nedd, Co-Founder and CEO, Descasio, said ”One of the things that really excites us about this platform is the ease with which we can build new solutions using APIs.
“We are now thinking about ways we can use IBM Watson APIs to create value-added solutions such as virtual assistants, which could help to automate repetitive tasks.”
“As a new reseller of the IBM’s Watson Workspace Essentials in West Africa, Descasio plans to sign on clients for this solution.
“To achieve this, the company is working with a team from IBM to integrate IBM Watson Workspace into its cloud services portfolio—enabling it to deliver the solution as a service to clients across the region” he adds
Watson Workspace helps companies turn conversations into actionable insights, summarized information, prioritize next best actions and make recommendations enabling its employees to connect and collaborate with their teams and other work groups on any device.
For example, the solution has enabled teams save up to 30 minutes per team member on responding to issues relevant to their role.

It also provides a full, searchable history of all conversations and one central place for all shared images and resources.
Dipo Faulkner, Country General Manager of IBM Nigeria, said “Organizations have seen a proliferation of tools and applications that employees use to get their jobs done at the workplace which has often caused information overload, interruptions and difficulty getting back into the flow of productivity.
“What IBM Watson Workspace does, is take away these pressures, allowing employees to focus on the activities that really matter.”
The unlawful sale and use of pre-registered of SIM cards has continued and is now hobbling the efforts to get the true identities of mobile phone users in Nigeria.
The sale or use of pre-registered of SIM card carries a fine or jail term or both, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
For a telecom company, each pre-registered SIM card attracts a penalty of N200,000 and for a user an imprisonment.
Despite the fine and arrests of some sellers in some parts of the country, the sale and use of pre-registered of SIM cards is still widespread.

In effect, criminally-minded people are utilising other peoples’ identities or fraudulent information to register and distribute SIM cards that are bought by innocent subscribers and criminally-minded ones for the purpose of committing fraud without being traced as the number they use do not bear their identities.
Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC, said that Nigerians must stop selling pre-registered SIM cards because it is an act of illegality that undermines national security.
According to the NCC, rather than patronise the criminals who peddle pre-registered SIM cards, the public should report them to law enforcement agencies as part of their responsibility, not only as subscribers but also as good citizens.
Elsewhere, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, inspector general of police, described the sale and use of pre-registered SIM card as a severe threat to security sector and governance.

He said: “These criminal activities, including use of pre-registration subscriber identification module SIM cards should be of concern to all of us. As a law enforcement officer, it is my belief that in addressing these challenges, we must re-strategise on our noble programme of community policing across communities and give our communities greater stake in securing national assets.
But industry experts insisted that there is a need for NCC and the Mobile Network operators to step up education on pre-registered SIM to the populace.
In addition to what the NCC has done, experts confirmed that it is time for both service providers and the regulator (NCC) to collaborate and stop every person bent on derailing the registration process through the sale of pre-registered cards.
Chuks Arubalaeze, a telecom lawyer said that cards that have also been pre-registered by wrong persons also need to be identified and destroyed because when they fall into the wrong hands.

“The consequence could affect the process and have a devastating effect on National security” she added.
The sale of pre-registered SIM cards is unethical and fundamental crime.  The implications of the sale of pre-registered SIM cards cannot be over emphasized, as innocent citizens could be wrongfully implicated due to the indiscriminate use of the pre-registered SIM cards arising from its sale to seasoned criminals and no good individuals, seeking to perpetuate one form of crime or the other.

ISPs struggle, connect 219,117 subscribers to Internet

The growth profile of licensed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country has continued to plummet.Statistics obtained by The Guardian from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) confirmed this. The statistics revealed that out of the 219,117 connections, only about 126, 378 users are active on the Internet through the ISPs as at first quarter 2018.
These connected lines were made possible by the efforts of 23 ISPs, including Spectranet, IS Internet Solutions, VDT, Cobranet, e-Stream, Cyberspace, MainOne Cables, Juniper Solutions, Backbone Connectivity, Hyperia, ipNX, Zeta-Web Nigeria, Ekovolt Telco Nigeria, Layer 3 Ltd, NetAccess Communications Nigeria, among others.

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The implication of this is that the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), including MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9Mobile, which have Universal Access Service License (UASL), have remained the major gateway to the Internet in Nigeria.

The MNOs have connected 242.4 million lines out of which 162.5 million are active through the narrow band, the GSM technology.The NCC statistics showed that the services of Spectranet appeared most leveraged, as it single handedly claimed 193, 034 connections of which 115, 574 are active.

In terms of Point of Presence, the 23 operators’ have 1,066, with Spectranet having 630 while Cyberspace Limited has 135 across their areas of operations.The snail speed developments around ISPs in the country have been blamed on so many factors, including their inability to evolve good packages for consumers.

Speaking with The Guardian, the President, National Association of Telecoms Subscribers of Nigeria (NATCOMS) Deolu Ogunbanjo, said their major problems have been the ability of Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to operate in that terrain. Ogunbanjo, who said the MNOs have changed their strategies from just voice offering to data services, noted that the economy should not be blamed, and saying: “ISPs must evolve to stay afloat. They should offer reduced but attractive tariffs.”

He called on the regulator to come up with policies that will keep afloat ISPs in the country.At a stakeholders conference in Lagos in 2017, NCC Director, Licensing and Authorisation, Ms. Funlola Akiode, said despite the fact that over 70 per cent of the Nigeria’s population are active mobile subscribers. The digital divide is still wide especially as regards rural dwellers.

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According to her, in 2017, statistics of Internet users across Africa indicated that Nigeria has the highest users; however the country tends to be the lowest when measured in accordance with penetration rate. For instance, she said with a penetration rate of 48.8 million when compared with Nigeria’s population was just 0.3 per cent or 34 per cent, adding: “while our population is increasing in a geometric progression, the Internet usage and penetration rates are increasing in arithmetic progression.

Akiode revealed that in the past five years, the Commission licensed 103 ISPs nationwide, “but only 10 per cent applied for renewal of the licence.”She noted that as a responsive regulator, the sustainability of ISPs in telecommunications businesses in Nigeria was a primary interest to NCC.

The Consultative Forum identified the following as challenges confronting ISPs, the operating environment (big service providers operating in both the wholesale and retail segments of the market and under-pricing the smaller operators and taking their customers); inadequate infrastructure (need for deployment of more telecoms infrastructure and need for allocation of more frequencies to expedite deployment of data services); multiple taxation/regulation (the impediment in the deployment of data services by government agencies through taxes); type approval process (turnaround time for type approval of equipment is lengthy).

It was also identified that disparity between advertised Internet speeds and actual speed obtainable on the networks; inadequate provision of redundancy by ISPs to handle network down time and lack of compensation for downtime; poor quality of service; inexplicable depletion of data services, auto renewal of service among others.

To forestall the steep collapse of ISPs in the country, stakeholders appealed to NCC to manage the prices for Internet services, ensuring that all vendors have uniform prices given to the end user.

Samsung expands Naija's Smartphone market with three new devices.

Samsung Electronics has expanded Nigeria’s smartphone market with the launch of three new devices. They are the Galaxy J4, Galaxy J6, and Galaxy A6+.
The firm explained that these devices, leveraged the ultra-data saver (UDS), dual messenger to offer users a seamless combination of unique products at affordable price.

The UDS, according to Samsung, allows user save about 30 to 50 per cent data, while dual messenger features allow users separate their work messages and personal chats with ease in the new devices.

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Business Leader, Information Technology and Mobile (IM) for Samsung Electronics West Africa, Olumide Ojo, described the Galaxy J4, J6, and A6+ as a testament to Samsung’s leadership and innovation in the Smartphone market and its commitment to developing best-in-class products to meet the ever-changing needs of its consumers.

Ojo added that users can now connect to two different chat accounts on their favorite messenger apps.

“It comes with advanced security features, including Samsung Find My Mobile that allows users to remotely track and control their smartphones, especially in the event of theft or loss.

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“With the introduction of the Galaxy J4 and J6, we took the consumer feedback on our preceding Galaxy J models and made thoughtful and impactful improvements offering consumers a seamless convergence of style and performance for their everyday lifestyles.

“Both devices come with 32GB internal storage space; they are powered by 3000mAh battery, and run on the latest Android operating system – Android Oreo.”

MTN fan parks, FIFA World Cup and Nigerian football

The footballing spectacle, which features nations battling it out for world domination to claim bragging rights as the best footballing nation that is held every four years has taken on the semblance of carnival. The sense is that it is more symbolic rather than competitive. There can only be one winner, after all, and more and more, the pool of possible winners continues to shrink.
The four semi-finalists get to stay to the end, of course, but for the other 28 nations in terms of active participation in the tournament has been over for a while now. So, the challenge has been finding new ways to engage with the tournament, a different lens beyond the patriotic.

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ICT and telecommunication giant, MTN’s interest in the tournament was truly a unique and interesting idea with the themed Fan Parks that dotted across major cities in the country, for the duration of the Mundial. Partnering to deliver viewing parks and centres in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Calabar, viewings turned into carnivals, with fans trooping in en masse every matchday to root for the beautiful game.

Of course, with modern football being as much a product as anything, the desire to attract followership outside the traditional footballing fanbase also saw the organizers incorporate video games and miniature pitches, as well as invite prominent entertainment personalities to titillate the crowds, both before and after matches. The idea is simple enough: come for the football and games, but if that’s not your thing, come for your favourite artistes.

It worked a treat. A reported 1500 people crammed into the Calabar Dome as the curtain came down on the World Cup on Sunday the number more than doubled in the Eko Atlantic beach front centre in Lagos. Huge platforms buzzed, first with the energy of the invited entertainers, and then with the sounds of football as the matches were broadcast on giant screens.

It was not just the singles who attended. Whole families came for the opportunity of a weekend outing as well, further blurring the lines between sport and social event. A huge grill smoked away, enticing the senses, and there were packs of finger food served to all; the rich pastry no doubt appealing to the younger fans who had come perched on their parents’ arms.

The crowd who watched the final certainly were entertained and contributed to the atmosphere themselves, in one instance taking up the Nigerian national anthem, drowning out the Croatians’. An almighty cheer went up when the French went ahead in the first half, and while the lure of rooting for the underdog was great, ultimately there seemed to be more support for the France.

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“France is an African team. Can’t you see their players,” asked Chimezie, a 26-year-old whose face was flecked with yellow paint. As a sentiment, it was not a particularly unique one, but it captured quite succinctly what lay at the heart of the great French following: the sense of a kindred spirit which, interestingly enough, has sparked a fierce political debate in France in the aftermath of the French triumph.

For others, it was simply a matter of tribalism along club lines, especially with a player like Paul Pogba, for whom Manchester United supporters were more willing to root. His virtuoso performance was cheered to the rafters, and sparked further conversation in the arena, many eyes lighting up at the prospect of a rejuvenated Pogba in the new season. As the victorious Les Bleus feted their victory, and lined up to receive their medals and the prestigious trophy, the patient fans were rewarded with branded shirts and baseball caps; in the spirit of such an entertaining final, everyone was a winner.

This Is Naija fan: Where football lives meant a little more to the staff of MTN Nigeria as they themselves were taking part in their own internally organised football competition titled CEO’s cup referring to the competition as being organised by the MTN Nigeria CEO Mr Ferdinand Moolman. The competition featured members of staff being in the spotlight themselves as they represented their individual regions with the hopes of bringing pride back home, the winners cheque of N500,000.00 might also have been enough motivation for members of staff to throw all their support into their regional teams and rally for support.

The finals of the Ceo’s cup held a whole week after the footballing showpiece which held in Europe was over, with the French team coming out victorious dawning their famous blue jersey. With 2 teams having successfully competed and won their previous 3 matches, it was time for the finals which featured one team from Lagos and another team representing Abuja. The Abuja team wearing a blue kit (as if to claim French allegiance) were already in high spirits as they had previously scored 11 goals in their last 2 matches despite the threat of facing the tournaments best keeper in the Lagos side. The game dragged on to extra time after the Abuja team took the lead in the first half and the Lagos team equalised in the second half in a game truly of 2 halves. But not long into the penalty shootout it was evident that the god of soccer was definitely on the shoulders of team Abuja as they won the game with just 2 penalty kicks taken, much to the delight of fans and the all round support there on the day, because as it turned out team Abuja truly deserved the trophy.

The Unique experience which was the finals of maiden edition of MTN CEO’s cup featured musical acts Praiz, and Mr Real along with the dynamic dance group Dance Na the Main Thing (DNMT) who really took the audience to the limits when with their thoroughly entertaining performances before the game, at half time and after the game much to the amazement and amusement of the crowd which consisted of Lagos based MTN staff and kids along with supporters for the Abuja team who came all the way from the North to partake in the great showpiece.

By and large, the last month (part of June and part of July) was a great month for football as well as for the fans of the beautiful game that is loved by all in part because of the events that that took place 9,464 KM off the shores of Nigeria, but also because of how the Nigerian people received and connected with the footballing festival within the country. This spurred the launch of various designed plans, schemes and ideas to drive the support for the sport in Nigeria, because meeting the demands from the black capital of the world takes some doing after all This is Naija Where Football Lives.

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