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THE FREEDOM TO MIGRATE ACROSS NETWORKS WITHOUT LOSING YOUR NUMBER

The Nigerian Communications Commission is set to begin Mobile Number Portability in the country this quarter and this will give subscribers the freedom to migrate across networks without losing their numbers, DAYO More »

Eugene Juwah

ADDRESSING TELCOS’ IMBALANCE WITH INTERCONNECT COST MODEL

Emma Okonji writes on NCC’s recent plan to adopt a new interconnect cost model for voice services for the telecoms industry, operators’ divergent positions, and the choice of international consultant, among others More »

Eugene Juwah

NIGERIANS SPENT N223BN TALKING ON THE TELEPHONE IN 2012 – NCC

Nigerians spent N223 billion or about N22.3 billion minutes talking on telephone in 2012, according to information provided by a global consulting firm, Price- WaterHouseCooper (PwC). This figure was attributed to the More »

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MULTIPLE FIBRE CUTS DISRUPT SERVICES – MTN

MTN Nigeria has said multiple fibre cuts in the eastern part of the country have led to service outage in the area. The company said in a statement on Monday that the More »

Eugene Juwah

TELECOMS OPERATORS DIVIDED OVER NEW INTERCONNECTION RATE

Network operators are divided over the new interconnect rate proposed by the Nigerian Communications Commission, DAYO OKETOLA writes Network operators in Nigeria such as MTN, Glo, Etisalat, Airtel, Starcomms, Multilinks and Intercellular More »

ETISALAT DISTRIBUTORS CONSOLIDATE PARTNERSHIP FOR GROWTH

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Etisalat Nigeria cemented its relationship with its distribution partners at the 2013 Distribution Partners’ Conference recently held in Lagos.

The  company said in a statement on Friday that the annual conference was organised to give both parties an opportunity to meet and discuss the performance of the previous year and to map out the business objectives of the current

THE FREEDOM TO MIGRATE ACROSS NETWORKS WITHOUT LOSING YOUR NUMBER

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The Nigerian Communications Commission is set to begin Mobile Number Portability in the country this quarter and this will give subscribers the freedom to migrate across networks without losing their numbers, DAYO OKETOLA   writes

The rate at which telecoms companies has attracted subscribers in the past decade of operations in Nigeria, no doubt, is one of the fastest in the world. While stiff competition and tariff reduction tactics have drastically forced down voice call revenues in the telecoms industry, the quality of service on the mobile networks has been poor and the problem has persisted for

EGYPT COURT SUSPENDS YouTube OVER ANTI-ISLAM FILM

Mohammed Morsi

Mohammed Morsi

An Egyptian court ordered the suspension of online video service YouTube for a month on Saturday for broadcasting a film insulting the Prophet Mohammad, Reuters reported on Sunday.

The country’s administrative court ordered the ministries of communication and investment to block YouTube, owned by Google, inside Egypt because it had carried the film “Innocence of Muslims,” said state news agency MENA.

The 13-minute video, billed as a film trailer and made in the United States, provoked a torrent of anti-American unrest in Egypt, Libya and dozens of other Muslim countries in September

ADDRESSING TELCOS’ IMBALANCE WITH INTERCONNECT COST MODEL

Eugene Juwah

Emma Okonji writes on NCC’s recent plan to adopt a new interconnect cost model for voice services for the telecoms industry, operators’ divergent positions, and the choice of international consultant, among others
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has always believed that with the right interconnect cost model in place, vis-a-vis the current market indices, it could maintain a balance in addressing unhealthy competition in the telecoms industry. With this in mind, the NCC had consistently reviewed the industry’s interconnect rate model every three years, but the current review is creating some form of ripples, as telecoms operating companies are already jittering, not knowing the model that the NCC will finally adopt, after it must have taken a critical look at the report of its international consultant-the Price Waterhouse Coopers of the United Kingdom (UK)- that was commissioned to review the 2009 industry interconnect rates and to come up with a report on the market dynamics that will enable NCC adopt a new interconnect model for voice services

FUTURE OF NIGERIA’S ECONOMY WILL DEPEND ON BROADBAND

Titi Omo-Ettu

Titi Omo-Ettu

Recently, the Telecom Answers Associates, a technical partner with the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC announced a business workshop on Broadband expansion program. The Business Workshop is expected to feature discussions on implementation modalities of the Program and also on  topics such as Investment Opportunities in Infrastructure Extension;  Content Development; Challenges of the Industry; Accessing Funding Opportunities as well as Operating Environment and Regulatory Requirements; amongst others. In this interview, the organizer of the programme, Engr. Titi Omo-Ettu shed more light on the essence of the workshop, which is to expand the reach of Broadband infrastructure in Nigeria. Excerpts:

Tell us what Broadband Expansion Programme is and what it intends to achieve?
It is an initiative that seeks to mobilise local players who are engaged in broadband solution businesses of any kind, for coordinated access to funding and capacity development with rapid spread of broadband Internet access in focus. It came as outcome of several conferences and summits which were held in the past few years on the subject of expanding the reach of broadband Internet access in Nigeria. It is conceived by our company, Telecom Answers Associates and we sought and got the collaboration of the

NIGERIANS SPENT N223BN TALKING ON THE TELEPHONE IN 2012 – NCC

Eugene Juwah

Nigerians spent N223 billion or about N22.3 billion minutes talking on telephone in 2012, according to information provided by a global consulting firm, Price- WaterHouseCooper (PwC). This figure was attributed to the over 110 million active telecoms subscribers both on GSM and CDMA networks in the country.

According to the PwC, Nigeria’s outgoing and incoming on-net and off net calls totaled 22.3 billion minutes in 2012, while 1.8 billion text, SMS, messages were recorded within the same