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Nigerian Government Asked to Cancel Unused CDMA Licenses

The GSM Association has called on the Nigerian government to revoke the licenses of dormant CDMA networks and resell the spectrum to the incumbent mobile networks.

The GSMA's Chief Regulatory Officer, Tom Phillips told The Vanguard newspaper that the regulator should call in the CDMA network operators and seek details of their active customer base.

He said any network not meeting a minimum threshold should lose its license, and the spectrum be reallocated.

Source: The Vanguard

Nigeria: Minister Tasks Broadband Committee On 20 Percent Access

The Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, has tasked the Presidential Committee on Broadband to ensure that Nigeria attains 80 percent of broadband access by 2018.

The minister gave the task yesterday, during the official inauguration of the committee in Abuja. She also tasked the committee to fix broadband access in the country to 20 percent by the year 2017.

Johnson said that the inauguration of the Broadband council represents an important milestone in the implementation of the national broadband plan.

Source: The Vanguard

BlackBerry partners Junior Achievement Nigeria to launch STEM Innovation Camps for students

BlackBerry and non-profit organization Junior Achievement Nigeria has launched the Junior Achievement Young Enterprise programme for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Innovation Camps in Nigeria.

Over 55 high-school students from 13 public and private schools took part in the first camp, which focused on business challenges in the field of mobile technology. The Innovation Camp concept was developed through a partnership between BlackBerry and the Junior Achievement Young Enterprise.

Source: The Vanguard

Nigeria: Customs Develops Web Based Application to Guide Import, Export

IN an apparent attempt to consolidate on its modernization efforts for eventual take-over from the Service providers in June, the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, has developed a web-based application to provide information and guidance for international trade business processors in the areas of import, export and transit trade.

The portal,  a non-restrictive online medium, is an intuitive and interactive platform for classifying goods.

Source: The Vanguard

Nigeria: Airtel Introduces Ussd for Facebook Users

Customers of one of the leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria can now access popular social networking platform, Facebook via a USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) Code. With this innovation, Airtel customers will be able to launch Facebook on their mobile devices by dialing *688#.

According to Airtel, Facebook via USSD service aims to deliver Facebook to customers who have no access to the Internet.

Source: The Vanguard

Nigeria: Mode of planned auction of 2.3GHz slots unfair – Spectranet, Mobitel, DoPC

At the stakeholders’ forum on the best option for licensing the remaining slot on the 2.3GHz band held last week in Lagos, major internet service providers in the country including Mobitel, Spectranet and Multi-Links who rejected the plan by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to auction the 2.3GHz frequency band most commonly used for broadband wireless commercial service delivery said it was unfair competition.

Source: The Vanguard

Nigeria: Corps Member Builds ICT Resource Centre for Community

A Batch A corps member, Tom Samuel serving in Gadabuke Development Area of Nasarawa State has built an ICT resource centre for the residents of Kullo Village in the area as part of his determination to positively affect the lives of people in his place of primary assignment.

The computer resource centre with modern facilities offers all computer services such as; digital computer laboratory, digital computer almanacs, design cottons, window nets, generator, flash drives, computer parts and many others.

Source: The Vanguard

Nigeria: eHealth - INTEL to Bail Out Nigeria's Health Services With Digital Training

Apparently worried by recent world health report which rated the Nigerian health care delivery system 187th out of its 192 member countries, global technology giant, Intel corporation Nigeria has provided a bail out option with free computer training for all key staff of the National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi.

Source: The Vanguard

ISPON Begins Nationwide Search for Software Talents

ON the heels of the global software contest powered by Microsoft Corporation which held in Sydney, Australia a fortnight ago, the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) has flagged off this year's edition of the National Software Competition, in collaboration with the Cross River State Government.

In addition, ISPON also named immediate past EVC of NCC, Engr. Ernest Ndukwe the "Distinguished Knowledge Ambassador" for the software contest whose grand finale will hold at the National Software Competition and Conference slated for October.

Source: The Vanguard

Nigeria: NEXIM disburses $200m entertainment fund

The Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM) may have started disbursing the $200 million fund pledged by President Goodluck Jonathan to support the Nigerian entertainment industry.

NEXIM Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Roberts Orya, while speaking at a press briefing held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Victoria Island,Lagos, said the partnership signified the flag-off of NEXIM’s support for film production which was promised in 2011 by the Federal Government to help grow capacity in the entertainment industry.

Source: The Vanguard
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