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NCC qualifies MTNN, Airtel for 3.5Ghz spectrum auction

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NCC qualifies MTNN, Airtel for 3.5Ghz spectrum auction

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced MTN Nigeria Communications Plc, Airtel Networks Ltd and Mafab Communications Ltd., as approved bidders of the forthcoming 3.5 gigahertz (Ghz) spectrum auction.

Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, NCC, said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Adinde said the license was for the deployment of Fifth-generation (5G) networks in the country.

He noted that the qualified bidders met the criteria for participation in the licensing process of the 3.5Ghz spectrum, including payment of the stipulated Intention to Bid Deposit (IBD) as outlined in the Information Memorandum (IM).

Adinde said that the mock auction was scheduled for Dec. 10, while the main auction will hold on Dec. 13, both in Abuja.

He said: “The stage is now set for the three companies to participate in the main auction.

“They will also participate in the mandatory mock auction process, which will come as a precursor to the main auction.

“The commission has also reaffirmed the dates for the conduct of both the mock auction and the main auction.”

 

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Apple Warns Customers to Expect delays in iPhone 14 Shipments

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Apple Warns Customers to Expect delays in iPhone 14 Shipments

Apple has warned customers to expect delays on iPhone shipments due to COVID-19 restrictions at a manufacturing factory in China.

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn’s iPhone plant in Zhengzhou, China, is operating under restrictions, temporarily impacting the primary iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max assembly facility.

Recently there were reports that workers at the iPhone assembly factory in China ran away from the premises after a spurt of COVID-19 cases forced a complete lockdown at the factory.

Foxconn, which is a supplier to U.S.-based Apple, has many workers at its Zhengzhou complex and has not provided an official count of how many are infected by COVID-19.

Apple stated that it is working closely with the supplier to return to normal production levels while ensuring the health and safety of every worker.

 

– dpa

 

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Telecom industry contributes $70b to nation’s economy, creates 500,000 jobs- says Danbatta

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Telecom industry contributes $70b to nation’s economy, creates 500,000 jobs- says Danbatta

Executive Vice Chairman(EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta said the technology-driven telecommunications industry has contributed $70 billion to Nigeria’s economy.

Danbatta said that the industry had provided over 500,000 jobs in the public and private sectors and improved the lives of millions of Nigerians.

He made this disclosure in his keynote speech at a Cyberchain event in Abuja while speaking on the topic: “Using Technology to grow Nigeria’s GDP”.

Danbatta said that the impact of technology on the nation in any society had been tremendous.

Danbatta, who was represented by the Principal Manager, Digital Economy, Mrs. Ella Eli highlighted that Nigeria’s adoption of 5G, e-commerce, Fintech and Big data had boosted the country’s revenue generation capacity.

According to him, “Nigeria’s adoption of digital technologies has enabled it to diversify its revenue and economy, created jobs, improved services and efficiency, reduced wastages, and optimised resources available”.

“Telecommunications has contributed over $70 billion to the Nigerian economy, provided over 500,000 jobs in the formal and informal sectors, and improved the lives of millions of Nigerians.

“Most Nigerians today cannot comprehend life without mobile phones.

“Presently, the liberalised telecommunications sector has brought with it, instant messaging, instant information, financial inclusion, telemedicine, smart farming, e-Commerce and virtual learning, however, the best is yet to come.

“The benefits of technology are endless and with technology becoming affordable, accessible, and available, these benefits will increase tremendously”.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Convener, CyberChain, Abuja, Jude Ozinegbe, said Nigeria was currently moving in the right direction towards embracing the gains of the tech ecosystem.

He said: “We are moving from Analogue to digital, some people seem to have been left behind, that is why we have decided to gather leaders in the space to educate us.

“We have leaders in this space that have seen the possibility and opportunity in this ecosystem.

“This is my contribution to expanding the digital economy in Nigeria. As much as you can, contribute something positive about the space to amplify the good tidings within the ecosystem.”

Ozinegbe said with proper knowledge of Blockchain, Nigerian youth can earn by using their cell phones and data.

On his part, a Cryptocurrency Investigator, A and D Forensic, Adedeji Owonibi urged Nigerian youth to embrace the gains of Blockchain technology.

Speaking on the topic, “Blockchain Forensics and criminal elements: Owonibi said a better dimension had been added to Blockchain and Digital technologies in Nigeria with the participation of the government.

He said: “If you are a criminal within the blockchain space, you could do anything in Nigeria, however with our coming and government involvement, we all have a part to play in bringing sanity in the sector.”

Owonibi said that decentralisation was a blessing for the ‘good guys’ in the blockchain sector, while a bad thing for those using it criminally.

He called for responsibility on the part of Nigerians in a bid to harness Blockchain opportunities.

“If you have any business in blockchain make sure you are compliant with rules and be crypto security conscious”, he said.

Blockchain technology is a decentralised, distributed ledger that stores the record of ownership of digital assets.

 

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5G network will accelerate operational efficiencies – MTN

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Mrs Lynda Saint-Nwafor, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, MTN Nigeria, on Thursday said the adoption of 5G technology would accelerate operational efficiencies for businesses in the country.

Saint-Nwafor made the assertion at the Nigeria-South Africa Chamber of Commerce (NSACC) August Breakfast meeting in Lagos.

The newsmen report that MTN on Wednesday announced plans to roll out the 5G trial service in seven cities; Lagos, Port Harcourt, Ibadan,  Abuja, Kano, Maiduguri and Owerri.

Saint-Nwafor said 90 per cent of the addressable market for 5G spanned six key industries; manufacturing, government, energy/utilities, healthcare, media/entertainment and transportation/logistics.

She said for businesses, 5G provided total independence from public networks, high and reserved capacity, enhanced indoor and outdoor coverage and a high level of security and control to access service infrastructure equipment, systems and services.

She stated that 5G was designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, objects and devices via increased speed, low latency, higher capacity and innovation.

She noted that the future of business was hinged on the use of artificial intelligence for decision making, smart offices and high connectivity via 5G.

“5G is poised to offer innovation that would change our lives.

“It would engender smart manufacturing, smart metering and maintenance, smart cities, better route and traffic management, enhanced experience and breakthroughs in telehealth.

“Particularly for manufacturing, it would enable automation for production and factory operations, allow remote monitoring and inspection, reduce operational costs and drive competitiveness,” she said.

In his remarks, Mr Osayaba Giwa-Osagie, Chairman, NSACC, described the 5G network as the future of entrepreneurship and technology as the fifth generation of mobile wireless technology and the next technological upgrade from 4G.

Giwa-Osagie said 5G offered speed and other technical details needed to run a successful business with increased capacity.

He stressed the need for businesses to begin to think about the impact it could have on their operations and harness its capabilities to drive efficiencies.

The NSACC Chairman noted that the global dynamics since the COVID-19 pandemic had greatly changed with businesses and persons more dependent on technology with the attendant remote work, increased online meetings and a surge in e-commerce activities.

He stressed that in the light of the current realities, it was safe to say that technology was redefining the world and this had brought its adoption to the forefront.

“It is, therefore, important for companies to embrace 5G for operational efficiencies as new demand would lead to changes.

“5G is expected to impact businesses from agriculture to entertainment to manufacturing and a host of other sectors.

“It is fast, reliable and enhances productivity at remote locations among others,” he said.

 

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