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NCC Rallies Media Stakeholders To Enhance Effective Reporting Of Telecoms Industry

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NCC Rallies Media Stakeholders To Enhance Effective Reporting Of Telecoms Industry

“we would build mutually-beneficial relationships for sustained media support as we continue to discharge our mandate of regulating this dynamic sector for the benefit of Nigerians and the economy as a whole.” – Danbatta

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Consistent with its strategic objective of stakeholder collaboration and partnering, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) recently met a section of stakeholders in the mass media industry.

The forum was a workshop, organised to keep Nigerian journalists who specialise in reporting on the telecom and ICT sector, abreast of emerging developments in the telecom industry, in order to ensure the general public receives contextual, interpretive and illuminating reporting of telecom matters.

The journalists, who attended the workshop under the aegis of the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA), Abuja Chapter, revelled in the opportunity provided by NCC to glean emerging trends and topical regulatory issues in the telecom industry.

NCC Rallies Media Stakeholders To Enhance Effective Reporting Of Telecoms Industry
NCC Rallies Media Stakeholders To Enhance Effective Reporting Of Telecoms Industry
Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, NCC, while giving his remark.

The workshop was part of NCC’s commitment to encouraging the continuous professional development of journalists because the Commission sees good journalism as central, both to the achievement of its mandate and to the flourishing of our nation’s democratic project.

The training programme featured intense sessions focused on understanding the renewal the Commission has brought to bear on many major industry issues, including International Termination Rate (ITR) for voice services, benefits of the National Identity Number/Subscriber Identity Module linkage (NIN-SIM integration), the menace of illegal use of GSM boosters, updates on Fifth Generation (5G) deployment plan, spectrum administration, as well as compliance monitoring and enforcement, and other emergent regulatory matters.

NCC Rallies Media Stakeholders To Enhance Effective Reporting Of Telecoms Industry
Left-Right: Tijani Mungonu, Assistant Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, NCC; Alkasim Umar, Head, Compliance Monitoring, NCC; Yemi Daaiyan, Director, Welfare, NITRA, NCC; Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, NCC; Emmanuel Elebeke, Secretary-General, NITRA; Grace Ojougboh, Head, Media and Public Relations, (NCC); Tokura Nukay, Vice President, NITRA; Engr. Usman Aliyu, Assistant Director, Spectrum Administration, NCC.
NCC Rallies Media Stakeholders To Enhance Effective Reporting Of Telecoms Industry
Left-Right: Nafisa Rugga, Assistant Director, Media and Public Relations NCC; Grace Ojougboh Head, Media and Public Relations, NCC; Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, NCC.

Speaking at the workshop, which also featured special focus group discussions facilitated by subject-matter experts and senior officials of the Commission from selected departments of the Commission, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said approval for the training was granted by Management as it is in tandem with the Commission’s media relations and stakeholder engagement strategy.

“Given the dynamic nature of the digital space and its impact on the economy, we believe this demands that our media partners are brought up to speed with the current requirements for maximum productivity and effective reporting of the telecom industry,” Danbatta, who was represented by the Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, asserted to justify the relevance of the workshop.

NCC Rallies Media Stakeholders To Enhance Effective Reporting Of Telecoms Industry
Sunday Atu, Head Competition and Tariff, NCC , making his presentation on Understanding issues around ITR for voice services.
NCC Rallies Media Stakeholders To Enhance Effective Reporting Of Telecoms Industry
Participants during the capacity-building programme

The EVC said, through capacity-building initiatives such as the workshop organised for professionals in the media industry, “we would build mutually-beneficial relationships for sustained media support as we continue to discharge our mandate of regulating this dynamic sector for the benefit of Nigerians and the economy as a whole.”

Accordingly, Danbatta said NITRA is a long-standing strategic partner of the Commission and the knowledge empowerment programme through this workshop seeks to provide a platform for equipping stakeholders in the media with the knowledge and skillsets they require for effective, efficient and professional reporting. 

The EVC, who commended the media stakeholders for their support over the years, said, without the support from journalists and other communication professionals, NCC would not have been able to deliver on its mandate as effectively as it has done over the years. Accordingly, Danbatta enjoined all members of NITRA to continue to support NCC’s programmes, activities, and initiatives with the same enthusiasm with which they have been prioritising timely, adequate and accurate reportage of the nation’s telecom sector to enhance Nigeria’s growth and development.

NCC Rallies Media Stakeholders To Enhance Effective Reporting Of Telecoms Industry
Left-Right: Toyin Adeeko, Principal Manager, Policy, Competition and Economic Analysis, NCC and Sunday Atu, Head, Competition and Tariff, NCC.
NCC Rallies Media Stakeholders To Enhance Effective Reporting Of Telecoms Industry
Participants during the capacity- building programme

Danbatta also stated that the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030, the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP) 2020-2025, the NCC Strategic Management Plan (SMP) 2020-2024, the creation of a Digital Economy Department in the Commission, among others, underscored the policy directions of the Federal Government which the NCC is diligently driving by working with relevant industry stakeholders, including the media, to deepen commitment to a digital Nigeria.

“So, it is expected that by empowering the media as our key stakeholders, they would be willing to ensure that members of the public are accurately and adequately informed and are aware of the Commission’s regulatory strides toward building a robust digital economy for our country,” the EVC said. 

Speaking on behalf of members of NITRA after the training, the Chairman NITRA, Abuja Chapter, Blessing Olaifa, commended the Commission for providing a platform for sensitisation of media stakeholders on contemporary matters within the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) ecosystem, particularly the telecom industry and especially the initiatives of the Commission in protecting telecom’s consumers.

Olaifa, who was represented by NITRA’s Secretary-General, Emmanuel Elebeke, applauded the Commission for consistently supporting and partnering with the media organization. Olaifa stated that this demonstrates how transparent and accessible NCC has been to its stakeholders.

“We must commend NCC for its regulatory strides over the years. The success of the 5G auction in December last year easily comes to mind as one of the recent achievements of the Commission, among several others. So, these capacity-building programmes will help to provide a collaborative partnership for an advanced digital economy and towards boosting the fortunes of ICT for development in Nigeria. Today, we have been thoroughly enlightened as better specialists in ICT journalism,” Olaifa said.

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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

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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

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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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