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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.


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