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You’re Treading on A Tiger’s Back, Reps Warn MTN

You’re Treading on A Tiger’s Back, Reps Warn MTN

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Johnson Agbonayinma, a member of the telecommunications committee of the house of representatives, says MTN “is treading on a tiger’s back”. Expressing dissatisfaction with the refusal of Ferdinand Moolman, MTN’s chief executive officer (pictured), to honour the summons of the committee, he said Nigeria’s interest in attracting investors should not encourage disregard for the law. He said the house had mandated the committee to look into the N1.04 trillion settlement negotiations between the telco and the federal government. “MTN is treading on a tiger’s back; we are here to represent our constituencies and we are talking about people’s lives, this is no joke,” he said. Saheed Akinade-Fijabi, chairman of the committee, said rather than cooperate with the committee, MTN sent a l
Wireless: the next generation

Wireless: the next generation

Technology, TECHNOLOGY
THE future is already arriving, it is just a question of knowing where to look. On Changshou Road in Shanghai, eagle eyes may spot an odd rectangular object on top of an office block: it is a collection of 128 miniature antennae. Pedestrians in Manhattan can catch a glimpse of apparatus that looks like a video camera on a stand, but jerks around and has a strange, hornlike protrusion where the lens should be. It blasts a narrow beam of radio waves at buildings so they can bounce their way to the receiver. The campus of the University of Surrey in Guildford, England, is dotted with 44 antennae, which form virtual wireless cells that follow a device around. These antennae are vanguards of a new generation of wireless technologies. Although the previous batch, collectively called “fourth g
Technology to Improve Gold Miners Work Conditions

Technology to Improve Gold Miners Work Conditions

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The government has been exerting effort to improve the traditional gold mining development with advanced technologies. A new metal detecting machine is said to be productive with the potential to change the work conditions of gold miners. Depar General Trading Company has opened its assembly office here yesterday. At the inauguration ceremony, Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Gas State Minister Tewodros Gebregziaber said that the government has been exerting effort to improve the traditional gold mining development with advanced technologies and this is the second company to be engaged in the sector. The company is expected to provide not only the gold detecting but also machines like dry washer, gold cube, rock crusher and the government has been exerting effort to improve the traditio...
Govt commissions study to asses usage of ICT

Govt commissions study to asses usage of ICT

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The Communications Authority (CA) and the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) have begun a study that will assess the usage of ICT services among businesses and in the public sector. At a press briefing Friday, the two signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in collecting data for the study to be published in June. CA Director- General Francis Wangusi said the study will inform policy decision and provide a base for investors in deployment of ICT infrastructure in the country. “CA will contribute Sh13 million while KNBS will contribute Sh51 million towards the study, the idea is to find out to what extent the public sector has been using ICT services as well as private businesses,” said CA board chair Ben Ngene Gituku. “It wi
Nigeria, China mull new communication satellite

Nigeria, China mull new communication satellite

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Belintersat-1 launched, NIGCOMSAT to provide specialised services Nigeria is negotiating with China on possible new satellites for Nigeria Communication Satellite limited (NIGCOMSAT) and support for its ground station improvement. NIGCOMSAT is the Nigerian Satellite Communication Company and Operator of NigComSat-1R Satellite under the supervision of the Ministry of Communications. In a bid to further develop the telecommunications industry in Nigeria as well as attract investors, Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, led a delegation to China. The visit coincided with the launch of Belintersat-1 Satellite by the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), which NIGCOMSAT will be providing In-orbit Testing Services (IoT), and Spectrum Management Services (SMS)...
House To Probe $242million Sale Of NITEL, MTEL

House To Probe $242million Sale Of NITEL, MTEL

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The House of Representatives, on Thursday, December 3, ordered a comprehensive investigation into the liquidation and takeover of the, by a consortium called NATCOM for the sum of $242.3 million. The Lower Chamber expressed concern about the processes leading to the sales, particularly about the alleged under-valuation of the companies prior to their sales, among other concerns. Consequently, the lawmakers mandated the House Standing Committees on Telecommunications and Privatization to carry out the investigation and report back to the House within eight weeks for further legislative action. The resolution was sequel to the unanimous adoption of a motion tagged “Call for Investigation of the Sales of Nigerian Telecommunications and Mobile Telecommunication (MTEL) to NATCOM” spons
NCC Reduces MTN Fine to $3.4bn

NCC Reduces MTN Fine to $3.4bn

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has finally agreed to  reduce MTN’s fine from $5.2 billion to $3.4 billion. According to BDLive online news, MTN is expected to pay the reduced fine not later than December 31 this year. NCC, it was gathered, has communicated MTN on the decision of the commission to reduce the fine. MTN said on Thursday that it had received the formal letter from the commission on Wednesday and was "carefully considering" a reply. "The executive chairman, Phuthuma Nhleko, will immediately and urgently re-engage with the Nigerian authorities before responding formally, as it is essential for the company to follow due process to ensure the best outcome," the company said. NCC had in October this year, fined MTN a whooping $5.2 billion (N1.04 trillio
African telecom giant battles Nigeria over $5.2 billion fine

African telecom giant battles Nigeria over $5.2 billion fine

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Africa's biggest telecommunications company is locked in a nasty battle in powerful Nigeria, with billions of dollars at stake. MTN Nigeria, MTN Group's subsidiary here, was fined $5.2 billion for failing to meet an August deadline to deactivate 5.2 million unregistered cellphone SIM cards — considered a security threat with Nigeria confronted by an Islamic uprising and rampant kidnappings and armed robberies. The fine amounts to nearly two years' profits for MTN Nigeria, by far the company's most profitable subsidiary. It also equals nearly a quarter the national budget of Nigeria, which has been hammered by the global plunge in oil prices. Nigeria is Africa's biggest oil producer and President Muhammadu Buhari, who was elected this year, says he inherited depleted coffers as he str