Airtel alleged illegal lottery: Court joins NCC as defendant

Airtel ScamA Federal High Court in Lagos has joined the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, as a defendant in a suit seeking to revoke the operating licence of Airtel Nigeria Limited for allegedly operating an illegal lottery.

Trial judge, Justice Saliu Saidu, in a ruling on a motion filed by the initiator of the suit, Benjamin Owiadolor, also joined the National Lottery Regulation Commission, NLRC; Consumer Protection Council, CPC, and Secure Electronic Technology Plc, all as defendants to the suit.

Justice Saidu equally ordered Airtel to provide the call logs of Owiadolor in court.

Owiadolor, who is a lawyer, had filed the suit urging the court to mandate Airtel to refund all sums expended by subscribers who participated in the competition known as “wake up a millionaire promo” by way of credit, which should be done under the supervision of the NCC. Continue reading

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Ikeja Computer Village to be relocated to Katangua Market

As a follow up to the story on the relocation of Ikeja Computer Village, our correspondent, during a visit to Katangua Market, along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, gathered that Katangua is the proposed site where the Ikeja traders may be resettled.

In terms of size, Katangua is bigger than the Computer Village, as the market covers about 26 hectares of land with most of the traders dealing in second-hand clothes. Katangua shows a vivid picture of a disorganised setting. While the major entrance to the market from Lagos-Abeokuta expressway is almost taken over by street traders, a large portion of the market has been overtaken by refuse. Continue reading

Globacom introduces new pocket-friendly tariff plans

Globacom has introduced five new subscriber friendly tariff plans targeted at its prepaid customers. The telecom company said the new plans, Hi-Flyer and Talkfree have been introduced to address the needs of high value voice and data subscribers while the new G-Bam, new Infinito and new Gista which already exist, have been repackaged to offer more value to customers.

Elaborating on the new tariff plans, Globacom’s Coordinator, Marketing, Adeniyi Olukoya said that the new tariffs will deliver more value to subscribers on the network. “Whether they spend more on calls or data, these new tariff plans will deliver more value as subscribers can make calls within the network for as low as 5k/sec and international calls for as low as 15k/ sec”, he said.

Olukoya explained that subscribers on the Talkfree plan will enjoy 150 free minutes and 150 free SMS monthly while Glo-to-Glo calls on the plan will be at 15k/sec and calls to other networks will be at the rate of 18k/sec. To enjoy the fantastic Talkfree rates subscribers will pay a monthly subscription fee of N1,000 only.

With the Hi-Flyer plan, customers who subscribe to any data plan from 200MB and above will enjoy calls to all networks at 18k/sec. Under this plan, the customers will enjoy the best data usage, unrivalled customer experience and fl at calling rates to all networks. Continue reading

NCC affirms new interconnect rate under way

Operators in the Nigerian telecommunications industry will soon get a new interconnect rate, Director of Public Affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission, Mr. Tony Ojobo, has said.

If this information is a piece to go by, Ojobo, confirmed this in a telephone interview with our correspondent, also disclosed that consultants on the new rates had reached advanced stages in determining the new rate that will apply in the industry soon.

Interconnect rate represents the cost of terminating a call on another network. In other words, it is the rate that a network operator that originates a call pays to the operator on whose network the call is terminated.

The interconnect rate is important in telecommunications because it helps in defining tariffs for calls that involve at least two networks. Operators recover at least the cost of interconnection for calls on other networks.

New interconnect rate for the industry became imperative following the expiration of the current interconnect rate in December 2012.

The current rate, which came into operation in 2009, has been N8.20 per minute. Continue reading

Huawei, Microsoft launch cheap smartphone in Lagos

Microsoft on Tuesday announced a partnership with Chinese manufacturer Huawei to offer an affordably priced smartphone in Africa geared toward tapping into the continent’s exploding mobile market.

4Afrika smartphone Introducing the phone at an event in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, a Microsoft executive said the aim was to have the 4Afrika phone priced at below $200. The Huawei phone model is not exclusive to the continent, but the 4Afrika version is being adapted to African markets, including with apps geared toward specific countries. At the Nigerian event, officials demonstrated apps including a dictionary for the local Yoruba language and local news. Continue reading

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Two new babies from RIM

Two new babies from RIM

Research in Motion has officially released the q10 and z10 in their Blackberry Smartphone series.

According to the Managing Director, Alexandra Zagury, the two new releases are distinctive improvements on the previous productions.

We are hoping their words will be their bond this time.

Ehiz: winner of MTV VJ Search 2013

Ehiziojia Okoeguale, 25, has emerged as the second ever winner of the MTV Base VJ Search competition, beating Ada Ogunkeye and Kemi Owatemi, to the ultimate prize.

Ehiz, popularly known as ‘Special Slim’, is a happy-go-lucky graduate of Computer Electronics and can be described as the life and soul of the party.

He will be rewarded with a contract with MTV Base worth N10 million, plus a brand new car and other exciting prizes. He will also join Sizwe Dhlomo and Nomuzi Mabena on MTV Base’s in-house talent roster, presenting his own chart show on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322, STV & AIT)

Firefox Launches Mozilla mobile phone

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Mozilla, one of the foremost internet browser providers, has dolled out details of it’s plans to launch new smartphones to be powered by its Firefox operating system.

It disclosed that two mobile phones would be introduced by a fast growing Spanish firm called Geeksphone and will be targeted at developers before the system is formally launched.

The system will be based on the HTML5 web programming language and is being sold as offering software writers more “freedom” than alternatives” Continue reading

MTN: Introduction of Number Portability

In the zest to gain wider control and dominating influence in the Nigerian Telecommunications Sector, South African based Telco giant, MTN, says it is ready for the much awaited mobile number portability project to be fully implemented in the country. Continue reading