Telecoms subscribers rose to 172.8 million –NBS

The number of active voice subscribers in the telecoms sector rose to 172.82 million as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2018, the data obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics revealed.

The 172.82 million telecoms subscribers, according to the NBS, represent an increase of about 10.79 million when compared to the 162.03 million recorded in the third quarter of last year.

Similarly, the NBS put the total number of active Internet subscribers at 112,065,740 in the fourth quarter of last year as against 106,420,858 subscribers in the third quarter.

It stated, “Telecoms data for Q3 and Q4 2018 reflected that a total of 172,824,239 and 162,032,481 subscribers were active on voice as against 162,522,772 in Q2 2018 which represented 6.66 per cent increase in subscribers base.

“Similarly, a total of 112,065,740 and 106,420,858 subscribers were active on Internet as against 103,514,997 in Q2 2018, which represented 8.26 per cent growth in subscribers base.”

The NBS report stated that Lagos State had the highest number of subscribers in terms of active voice per state in the fourth quarter of 2018.

This is closely followed by Ogun and Kano states respectively.

On the other hand, the NBS report stated that Bayelsa and Ebonyi states had the least number of subscribers.

Similarly, the report stated that Lagos State had the highest number of subscribers in terms of active Internet per state in the fourth quarter of 2018 and closely followed by Ogun and Kano states respectively while Bayelsa and Ebonyi states had the least number of subscribers.

It added that MTN had the highest share of voice subscription and followed by Glo and Airtel respectively.

In terms of Internet subscription, the report showed that MTN had the highest share of Internet subscription followed by GLO and Airtel, among others.

NCC moves to stop e-waste dumping in Nigeria

The Nigerian Communications Commission says it has become necessary to stop the dumping of electronic wastes, especially used telecommunications devices, in the country.

The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, said this at a public inquiry on e-Waste Regulations and Disaster Recovery Guidelines in Abuja on Tuesday.

Danbatta said that the flow of electronic wastes in the country was fuelled by low Gross Domestic Product and illegal predatory practice by technologically advanced countries.

He said, “According to a recent report by the World Economic Forum, electronic waste is now the fastest-growing waste stream in the world. It is estimated that this waste stream spiked by about 48.5 million tonnes in 2018.

“In Africa, the challenge is even dire. In a fast-paced telecoms industry where speed and capacity define the networks, rapid advances in technology make it easier and convenient to change malfunctioning gadgets than to repair them.

“Also, the illegal and predatory e-waste value chain, which encourages the movement of e-waste from developed to the developing countries, adds another layer to the global challenge of handling e-waste.”

Danbatta added, “In Nigeria, due to low GDP per capita/low income, and the desperate quest for information, it is estimated that 75 per cent of the electronics imported into the country is irreparable and toxic junk.

“The global concern for the regulation of e-waste is two-pronged. First is the acute awareness of the hazardous properties and the potential risk to human health as well as their capacity to degrade the environment. Second is the business case and vast potential for wealth creation in recycling e-waste into more benign and productive uses.”

The NCC boss said that the regulation that had been drafted by the agency provided clarity and delimited responsibility of various stakeholders in the e-waste chain within the telecommunications industry.

The draft regulation said that every player within the e-waste management value chain – manufacturer, transporter, collection and disposal facility and recycler – must obtain authorisation from the commission after the coming into effect of the regulation.

It said that the commission might refuse, revoke or suspend an authorisation granted if the entity so authorised failed to comply with any of the conditions of its authorisation.

It added that it was mandatory for every manufacturer and producer generating e-waste to apply to the commission for an Extended Producer Responsibility Authorisation that would be valid for five years and renewable for another five years.

On the other hand, the Guidelines on Disaster Recovery said that every network facility and service provider must have a disaster recovery plan comprising a strategic plan setting out the vision for utilisation of communication system for emergency purposes and guiding the network facility provider on its specific rules and responsibilities.

CONGRATULATION TO MR. PRESIDENT FOR HIS VICTORY IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

It is with a warming heart that I congratulate Your Excellency, President Muhmmadu Buhari on the well-deserved victory at the just concluded presidential election.

This victory is a testimony to the great efforts of this administration put in place to restore confidence in the socio-economy and political space of the country.

This administration has brought sanity to public institutions by total adoption of TSA and ERGP vision that sustained recovery from recession and growth in the economy.

This present government has no doubt restored the dignity of labour, honesty and transparency and brought out patriotic zeal of ordinary Nigerians to be proud of this great country

According to the statement endorsed and sent by Bolaji O. Kazeem SA (Media) to Minister of Communications saying The massive construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure in the country have brought collective momentum that energizes ordinary Nigerians to have hope in the next level agenda of Mr. President

The diversification process embarked upon has given hope to Nigerians especially the youths to vision a prospect in the agriculture and ICT sectors as avenues to be engaged in the productive sector of the economy.

The momentum in the ICT sector and the patronage of indigenous software providers and local OEMs have promoted ICT innovation and investment opportunities in Nigeria.

This has significantly enhanced participation across the full spectrum of the value chain where deliberate programme built to enhance the capacity of Nigerians to enable them to add value to the economy.

Through the leadership of Mr. President, the Broadband penetration of the ICT sector which stood at 18% at the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari tenure has gracefully attained a threshold of 31% with the promise of rising to 70% by the year 2021.

With the implementation of Nigeria content policy, this administration has created a quantum leap in the patronage of indigenous content providers and local OEMs

Barrister Shittu is therefore proud to be associated with this most progressive government which remain unsurpassed in achievement since the beginning of the 4th republic.

Once again congratulation to Mr. President

 

 

 

MainOne and Facebook announce open-access fiber network in Nigeria

MainOne (www.MainOne.net) has announced a metro fiber infrastructure project in two states of Nigeria, with support from Facebook. The infrastructure collaboration is part of Facebook’s efforts to connect more people to broadband internet. As part of this project, MainOne is building and operating approximately 750 km terrestrial fiber infrastructure in Edo and Ogun States, two of Nigeria’s fastest growing states.

 

These open-access transport networks will provide metro fiber connectivity to reach more than 1,000,000 people in Benin City, Abeokuta, Sagamu and 10 other towns by connecting mobile operators’ base stations, Internet Service providers, Points of presence (POPs), and public locations including schools and hospitals. This partnership will leverage MainOne’s strength as a wholesale Telecoms Infrastructure service provider with investment from Facebook and support from local regulatory and state authorities to further deepen broadband penetration in Nigeria.

 

Speaking on the partnership, Ibrahima Ba, Network Investments Lead for Emerging Markets at Facebook, said: “We are working closely with MainOne and other partners to accelerate broadband deployment. In Nigeria, we are bringing together Facebook’s learnings from scaling our global infrastructure with MainOne’s knowledge of the local environment to develop and test new working models for multiple operators to access common infrastructure.”

 

Funke Opeke, MainOne’s Chief Executive Officer, lauded the collaboration and the commitment of Facebook and authorities in Nigeria to improving broadband penetration across the country. Commenting on the partnership, she added “MainOne has always been committed to broadband innovation, job creation, as well as growing the digital economy of West Africa. We believe that this partnership and the open-access network we have developed will be beneficial to improving the quality of access and accelerating the digital transformation in Ogun and Edo States.”

Glo sets to launches second submarine cable this year

Its Group Chief Technical Officer, Sanjib Roy, who spoke during a media event at Eko Hotel, said when the cable is launched, it will stimulate  the overall socio-economic development of the rivers and Niger Delta regions of the country.

According to him, the cable will provide the much needed bandwidth for local information communication technology (ICT) business to flourish. He added that it will also provide back up for the terrestrial fibre route from Port Harcourt to Lagos for much better resilience in case of fibre cuts.

He said the cable will contain three fiber pairs which include Fiber  Pair 1 (Express) – connecting Lagos directly to Southern part of Nigeria with terrestrial extension to existing terrestrial  backbone; Fiber Pair 2 (Omnibus 1) – with eight Branching Units (BU) to offshore oil stations and communities; and Fiber Pair 3 (Omnibus 2) – with two switchable Branching Units (BU) southward Africa

Speaking on new initiatives for this year, Roy said the telco has done proof of concept for 5G in 700megahertz (Mhz) band for Internet of Things (IoT) application and plans to introduce new data analytics tools to capture subscriber experience in real time and taking pre-emptive action to improve the network.

He said the telco plans new prepaid charging system that will enable new products and give more choices to its subscribers. Others are new contact centre solution, sites roll out deeper into the rural areas to bridge the digital divide between the cities and villages. Globacom will also embark on new densification sites to increase capacity, thus providing a congestion free network with superior quality in voice and data.

Roy said: “Swapping of old equipment in the remaining states for better quality and experience to our subscribers; rolling out long term evolution (LTE) 1800Mhz through frequency re-farming to give choice for everyone to enjoy the fruits of technology;  upgrading Glo 1 capacity by another 100G for data speed; equipment more path redundancy to take care of fibre cuts and investment in creating intelligent network operating centre (NOC) to give the best value to our customer with rapid response time in monitoring and correcting network problems.”

He said last year was a year of massive investment in equipment and infrastructure to improve the network availability, capacity, quality and upgrading, adding that the huge investments were  also to scale up the network for the future  and innovation in new products.

According to him, the telco has deployed more than 2000 new generators and 6000 new batteries for better network availability, stressing that work is ongoing on the telco’s more than 1000km of fibre route for relocation of fibre which are having multiple cuts where the road construction is completed.

“Globacom has streamlined site distribution to fuelling contractors. We are already seeing the improvement resulting into higher activation and traffic capacity. We have ordered 1710 base transceiver station (BTS) and 2200 High Capacity Node B. Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Rivers have undergone equipment swap while Edo and Delta are currently being swapped.

“We have also deployed high wattage radio remote units (RRU) for 3G and multi-sector antenna for better 3G indoor coverage and high speed data download. 750- 3G multi-sectors and 700 high capacity CE boards have been ordered to enable our subscribers to continue to enjoy high speed data. The result is that we now have a much better data and voice network in terms of download speed, quality of signal and coverage. In terms of backhaul capacity, we are upgrading the capacity of existing microwave links, converting TDM linke to internet protocol (IP) for 2G and 3G; deploying high capacity microwave back up links to increase data backhaul capacity and protect traffic against fibre cuts,” Roy said.

According to him, the introduction of new E Band Radio Technology in network resulted in increase in band width from 400megabyte (MB) to 1.5 – 2 gigabyte (GB) in Lagos, Oyo, Ogun and Rivers states while 1000 microwave were ordered to modernise the transmission network to IP.

Glo 1 submarine cable capacity has been upgraded to 300G all the way from Lagos to the United Kingdom providing huge bandwidth for mobile and enterprise businesses.

He said: “We have a brand new network with superior quality and higher capacity; activation is looking up; traffic is going up while consumption. This means we are reaching out to more and more Nigerians to enable them to achieve their dreams. We  are going to embark on scientific and methodical way of rolling out new sites based on feedback from the regions on where the sites are needed to address customer complaints. Already, there are many sites that are in the process of rollout based on field feedback.

“We are also rolling out LTE in 1800MHz band for greater handset compatibility and subscriber adoption and planning to rollout LTE in 1800 Band this year in major cities to increase our Data penetration in 4G LTE and allow higher handset adoption to enable and empower the masses  and harness the future into their  fingers,”

KOREAN EMBASSY LAUDS FG ON ICT SMART CITY

L-R: Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Nkechi Ejele, Minister of Communications, Dr. Adebayo Shittu and South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. In-tae Lee during a courtesy visit to the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja

South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. In-tae Lee, has described as impressive, Federal Government’s Abuja Smart City Master plan, designed by the Ministry of Communications.

Mr. Lee stated this recently in Abuja when he led a team of South Korean communications experts on a courtesy visit, to the Minister of Communications, Dr. Adebayo Shittu, in his office.

“I was so impressed when I got acquainted with the Abuja Technology Village; it makes me appreciate the Minister for developing Nigeria’s culture through ICT Technology.” He Stated.

The purpose of the Visit, according to the Ambassador, was to introduce the new Director for Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Woo Chan Chang, Following the tenure expiration of his predecessor, Sook Hyun, after three years of successful service in Nigeria.

In a farewell message to the Federal Government, the outgoing KOICA Director, Sook Hyun expressed deep appreciation to the Ministry of Communications for creating an enabling environment which made her work very successful in Nigeria.

Similarly, the incoming KOICA Director, Woo Chan Chang, expressed pleasure over warmth welcome accorded him by the Minister of Communications and pledged to build on the solid foundation already laid by his predecessor, to ensure his Agency partners with the Federal Government to advance the cause of E-government in Nigeria.L-R: Permanent Secretary Designate, Engr. Festus Dawodu, Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Nkechi Ejele, Minister of Communications, Dr. Adebayo Shittu, South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. In-tae Lee, outgoing KOICA Director, Sook Hyun, incoming KOICA Director, Woo Chan Chang and FMC Directors during a courtesy visit to the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja.

In his address at the meeting, the Minister of Communications, Dr. Adebayo Shittu, eulogized the South Korean Government as the most committed, supportive, generous and highest donor to the Federal Government in the area of E-government development in Nigeria.

“In the ICT Sector, there is no country that beats South Korea in terms of commitments to extend the hands of fellowship towards developing Nigeria. Nobody has made the huge donations your country has made and is still making in this sector; it has not only established a physical academy here but has tremendously trained a significant number of civil servants in Korea.” Adebayo stated.

According to him, a partnership with the Korean Government has yielded great fortunes with landmark achievements of stakeholders to build a well-equipped edifice aimed for training more civil servants in ICT with the approval of the Federal Government.

Adebayo wished the Embassy more successes, as they continue to strive harder for the growth of the country as well as in their collaborative quest to develop less developed partner countries.

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