Debt: NCC bars Glo users from calling Airtel numbers

As from October 28th, Glomobile users will no longer be able to call numbers on Airtel Network, as the telecom regulator, the Nigeria Communications Commission(NCC) yesterday announced a partial disconnection between the two networks. NCC Director, Public Affairs, Henry Nkemadu, said its decision on the partial disconnection was taken over the complaints by Airtel Networks Ltd (Airtel) that Glo Mobile Ltd (Glo) has been unable to redeem interconnect charges between the two networks. The NCC said it took the step in accordance with Section 100 of the Nigerian Communications Act…

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MTN loses 667,245 Internet subscribers in one month

The latest data released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) shows that Nigeria’s telecommunication company, MTN, lost a record of 667,245 Internet subscribers in just one month. According to data obtained from the NCC, MTN’s total Internet subscribers stood at 52.2 million in July 2019, while the number dropped to 51.6 million in August. The NCC report shows five major GSM internet subscribers in the country, which include Airtel, 9mobile, Globacom, MTN and Visafone. It should, however, be noted that this is the second time MTN Nigeria would lose internet…

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5G Technology underway in Nigeria – Minister

The Minister of Communications, Dr. Ibrahim Pantami has disclosed that Nigeria is undergoing a trial phased in her quest to deployed 5G technology in the country, championed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), in collaboration with relevant security agencies. The minister made this disclosure yesterday, as a Guest Speaker during the “GITEX Showdown Debate, with audience participation: Are we at risk of the next cyber-pearl-harbour?”. Dr Pantami further stated that developmental regulation will play a great role in aiding 5G technology, adding that capacity development will accelerate the deployment in…

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UK’s first slow lane for people looking at phones while walking opens in Manchester

The UK’s first ‘slow lanes’ for people looking at their phones while walking have opened in Manchester. The two adjacent 75-metre long (247ft) ‘mobile phone safe lanes’ have been installed in the Spinningfields district of Manchester city centre. It is now hoped the designated pathway for pedestrians will help stop people who walk with their eyes glued to their mobile phones from bumping into each other. The pavement along Hardman Boulevard – a busy pedestrian thoroughfare surrounded by offices, shops, bars and restaurants, used by tens of thousands of people…

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Nigeria among Top 10 Countries Attacked by Mobile Malware

Kaspersky Lab, a global cybersecurity firm, says Nigeria is among the top 10 countries globally where users of mobile devices experienced attack by malware in 2018. Kaspersky, in its Mobile malware evolution 2018 report, added that Nigeria climbed two places to become the third country out of 10 attacked by mobile malware, recording 37.72 percent of the attacks. According to the findings of researchers, four African countries made the list in terms of top 10 countries by share of users attacked by mobile malware. It stated that Algeria came in…

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Bugatti’s BatMobile Rules the Day at Geneva Motor Show

For great lovers of wheels , here comes one cool exciting ride from the French luxury car maker, Bugatti as they unveiled the world’s most expensive car. The €14 million, that is about 6.6 billion naira car was showcased on Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show. Nicknamed Batmobile for  its looks, the arrival of La Voiture Noire, or  had been teased on social media for weeks by Bugatti. The beast of a car  boasts of six exhaust pipes, an eight-litre, W16 engine and a top speed of 261 mph. One has already…

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Farmers, NBBC, Civil Society Groups Condemn Call to Ban GM Cowpea

National Biotechnology and Biosafety Consortium (NBBC) and some Civil Society group has commended the development of the Pod-Borer Resistant Cowpea (PBR-Cowpea),  stating that it is a confirmation that scientific expertise in Nigeria has reached the stage to provide a home-grown solution to pest and diseases problems facing the agricultural of the country. Speaking while addressing the media in Abuja, the President of NBBC, Professor Celestine Aguoru said that those behind the call, “condemning the achievement of Nigerian scientists are enemies of the country who are bent on opening up the…

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Internet Users Spike to 111.6 million – NCC

Internet users in Nigeria increased marginally to more than 111.6 million in December 2018, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said. The NCC made this known on Monday in its Monthly Internet Subscribers Data for December posted on its website. The data showed that overall internet users increased to 111,632,516 in December 2018 from the 108,457,051 recorded in November 2018, showing an increase of 3,175,465 new subscribers. According to the data, Airtel, MTN and Globacom gained more internet subscribers during the month under review, while 9mobile was the big loser.…

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Russia Files Civil Proceedings against Facebook, Twitter

Russia’s communication watchdog said on Monday it was opening administrative proceedings against Twitter and Facebook for failing to comply with data laws, the Interfax news agency reported. Roskomnadzor, the watchdog, was quoted as saying that Twitter and Facebook had not explained how and when they would comply with legislation requiring them to store Russian users’ personal data on servers in Russia.  

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