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Anxiety as Nigerians decry blockade by WhatsApp, Blackberry

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As millions of Nigerians, who connect with their business associates, loved ones and family members through WhatsApp on some mobile phone operating systems have been blocked formally, there are indications that this may affect pace of Internet users in the country. The news of WhatsApp blockade is also coming at a time Facebook is dropping support for BlackBerry’s mobile operating ...

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African Internet Governance summit underway in Algiers

Adebayo Shittu

An international Conference on African Internet Governance in Algiers, Algeria has begun and the Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, is currently representing the country at the summit. The Conference, jointly organized by the Algerian Ministry of Communications Technology and the African Development Bank, is meant to serve as a platform for discussing the possibilities of coordination in terms of ...

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IBM plans big for Africa, votes $70m to grow cognitive IT skills

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Leading global ICT services providers, IBM has begun investment of $70 million in deepening digital, cloud, and cognitive Information and Technology (IT) skills to drive knowledge economy quotient of  21st century workforce in Nigeria and other emerging economies of the continent. Coming under the scheme; ‘IBM Digital – Nation Africa’, the initiative will provide tailor-based cloud-driven learning platform for free ...

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Subscribers mull protest march to NCC over drop in quality of telecoms services

NCC head office, Abuja

There were unprecedented frustrations and anger fuming out from several subscribers over what they described as the worst week of poor Quality of Services (QoS) across all GSM networks in Nigeria last week. Though efforts to get the position of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Sunday failed, many of the Lagos and Abuja subscribers who spoke to our correspondents said ...

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Nigeria’s data security in danger as telecoms now operate from India—Senate

NCC at ITU

A dangerous scenario capable of mortgaging Nigeria in the hands of unknown system managers is beginning to play out in the nation’s ICT sector as telecoms operators are not only gradually relocating to India, but are now operating from there. The development according to experts remains a serious threat to national and corporate security. This coming on the heels of ...

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Cisco sees 7-fold jump in global data traffic between now and 2021

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Cisco, US based telecoms services provider has said in its latest report that “By 2021, more members of the global population will be using mobile phones (5.5 billion) than bank accounts (5.4 billion), running water (5.3 billion), or landlines (2.9 billion), according to the 11th annual Cisco Visual Networking Index™ (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast (2016 to 2021)”. Global ...

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EU hails NCC’s transparency in spectrum management strategy

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Rising from a recent meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the European Union (EU) has declared support on the way and manner the Commission has been handling the sale and management of Spectrum in Nigeria. Key words in their commendation were transparency and due process. The meeting with the Vice President of EU’ Digital Single Market ...

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C/Wealth Cybersecurity Forum 2107 to review protection of online activities

More details have been released by the Commonwealth Telecoms Organisation (CTO) on the Commonwealth Cybersecurity Forum 2017, taking place from 22 – 24 March this year, at the BT Centre, London. The conference will among other things examine how to make the Internet safer for users. It would be recalled that Cyberspace plays an ever increasing role in connecting communities, ...

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MTN Foundation hailed for N10m heart surgery

The MTN Foundation have been commended and appreciated by the Abdullateef family for the recommendation and subsequent treatment of their baby girl, Mutmainat Abdullateef who had a whole in her heart in an Indian hospital. A statement issued by the Media Officer to the Minister of Communications averred that “Footing the $21,566 (NI0.6 million) surgery bill  to correct Mutmainat’s congenital ...

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Nigeria, 17th most cyber attacked nation in the world—NITDA

The leadership of Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has disclosed apart from suffering about 2,175 reported cyber attacks in 2015, it was ranked as the most 17th attacked nation in the world within the period. The ranking was from a threat intelligence drawn from Check Point Software Technologies by global payment giant, Paypal.com. Explaining more during the recent inauguration ...

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