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NCC Quashes Ericsson’s Report on Sales Of 3m New Lines In Q1

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Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

…Despite Ban on SIM Card Sales in Nigeria’s Mobile Subscriptions

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has quashed the false report making the rounds that three million sim cards were sold in the first quarter of 2021.

The Commission in a statement argued that it was impossible to have recorded such sales when the ban on sales of new sim cards was in place. 

The Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, therefore urged Stakeholders to disregard any false information on subscriber data different from those presented in the Commission’s website.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been drawn to an online media report alleging that mobile telephony subscriptions in Nigeria somehow grew by 3,000,000 new subscribers in the first quarter of 2021, despite the suspension on the registration of new subscribers which took effect from December 9, 2020 and was only lifted in May, 2021.

“The Ericsson Mobility Report cited in the online publication is essentially a forecast of trends based on Ericsson’s analysis and does not refer to the NCC or any official channel as source for its data and/or projections.

“It is therefore inaccurate that Nigeria recorded 3million new lines in the 1st Quarter of 2021 as stated in the media report.

“We wish to use this opportunity to clarify that the Nigerian Communications Commission and the National Bureau of Statistics are the only authoritative sources of authentic data on the Nigerian telecommunications sector. Indeed, the Commission is well aware of the critical need to make accurate and up-to-date data available to all Stakeholders.

“Indeed, as a matter of corporate policy and consistent with international best practice, relevant data and statistics are transparently reported and regularly updated on the Commission’s website (< https://www.ncc.gov.ng/statistics-reports/industry-overview >) for free use by interested Stakeholders.

“The Commission encourages all Stakeholders to visit its website for authentic data on the sector and to refer all doubts to its Public Affairs Department to avoid unnecessary controversy and/or inadvertently misleading other Stakeholders who may rely on such reports.

“The Commission also urges Stakeholders to disregard any information on subscriber data different from those presented in the Commission’s website.”

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Nigeria, Niger Republic Sign Agreement On Border Frequency Coordination

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Nigeria, Niger Republic Sign Agreement On Border Frequency Coordination

By Moninuola Sulaiman

Nigeria and Republic of Niger have signed a bilateral agreement in Abuja for coordination of frequency utilisation along their borders to ensure seamless deployment of services around the two countries.

The agreement signing ceremony was one of the highlights of the two-day Digital Economy Regional Conference, hosted by the Nigerian government and facilitated by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, which ended at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja.

Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, signed on behalf of Nigeria, while his Nigerien counterpart, the Minister of Post and New Information Technologies, Mr. Moussa Baraze, signed on behalf of his country.

The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta and Niger Republic’s Chairperson of the National Council for Regulation of Electronic Communications and Post, Mrs. Aichatou Oumani, were witnesses to the agreement, which applies to the co-ordination of frequencies existing in the Nigeria-Niger transboundary areas between 87.5 megahertz (MHz) to 30 gigahertz (GHz).

The agreement indicated it will help in the effective coordination and sharing of frequencies and channels in the ‘buffer zone or area’ on borderlines between the two countries and also help to address one of the major issues of signal interference regulation that may arise in telecoms signal transmissions by terrestrial telecoms service providers, as it spells out the procedures for regulating such cases.

Nigeria, Niger Republic Sign Agreement On Border Frequency Coordination
Left-Right: EVC/CEO NCC Prof. Umar Danbatta, Minister of Post and New Information Technologies, Mr. Moussa Baraze, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and Niger Republic’s Chairperson of the National Council for Regulation of Electronic Communications and Post, Mrs. Aichatou Oumani after signing an agreement on border frequency coordination.

The agreement, according to the two parties, provides, in part, that in case of harmful interference affecting one of the parties, the affected party shall inform the other party in writing for necessary action to be carried out.

“Also, the party from whence the interference is originating shall ensure that all necessary means are used to resolve the harmful interference within 30 days of receipt of the notice”, the agreement says.

While the Agreement is without prejudice to the rights and obligations of the parties specified in the Convention, the Constitution of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and other inter-governmental arrangements, it states, however, that the land and mobile services whose use is restricted for security, maritime and national defense or for which information is not available, shall not be subjected to the provisions of the agreement.

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Glo Holds Draw For Festival Of Joy House Prize In Ibadan

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Glo Holds Draw For Festival Of Joy House Prize In Ibadan

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Telecommunications operator, Globacom, on Thursday held a draw in Ibadan, capital of Oyo State, to determine the winner of a house prize in its ongoing consumer-reward promo, Glo Festival of Joy.

The event which was held at the Gloworld outlet at Challenge, Ibadan, was witnessed by several Glo subscribers who enthusiastically volunteered to partake in the draw.

Mr. Matthew Aina, a walk-in customer who drew the winning number, marveled at the openness of the draw, just as another customer, Mrs. Taibat Azeez, commended Globacom for the transparent process of selecting the winner.

The Glo subscriber who emerged winner in the Ibadan draw has been informed of his luck and will be presented with the keys to the three-bedroom apartment at a presentation ceremony scheduled for Friday, January 27, 2023.

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Airtel Announces Introduction Of eSIM

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Airtel, Microsoft, TD Africa Unveil Office Internet Smartbox Bundles To Boost SMEs Productivity In Nigeria

… says service is planet-friendly and customers can now use two numbers without needing two handsets

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the launch of eSIM (embedded SIM) – a digital SIM that enables customers to access the same functionality as someone using a physical SIM.

The eSIM offers several benefits over the traditional SIM cards as it is quick and simple to set up online, it is planet-friendly (plastic-free/zero carbon emission) and provides an easy extra line as you can use two numbers without needing two phones/handsets.

The eSIM service is now immediately available on the Airtel network and customers who wish to switch their current physical SIM cards for eSIMs will need to ensure they have a compatible device (dial*#06#), obtain the required QR code and be guided through a SIM Swap process by an Airtel service personnel.

Airtel says it has developed a simple and flawless process to activate the eSIM service for all its customers just as it believes that the digital SIM will significantly improve the productivity of Nigerians, helping its stakeholders to achieve personal and professional goals.

Commenting on the eSIM, Ag. Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Femi Oshinlaja, said, “Airtel Nigeria is always at the forefront in championing technological advancement and creating innovative platforms and opportunities that will make life better, more exciting, and more enjoyable for all those in our stakeholder value chain. With eSIM, we are not only bringing the latest technology to the fingertips of our customers, but we are also focusing on our Sustainability goals of digital inclusion and environmental best practices as no plastic is involved with eSIM.

“It is therefore our commitment to continue to create offerings that will expand and deepen our digital footprints in line with our positioning as the network of first choice in Nigeria for everything mobile Internet, digital, and home broadband.”

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