Why Millions of Users may dump Whatsapp for Telegram, Signal, others

  A new privacy policy by the popular social media platform, Whatsapp, is triggering an exodus of users to other less popular but equally functional platforms such as Telegram, Signal, among others. Technology experts say if this is addressed, it could lead millions of users away from WhatsApp. The new privacy policy which comes into force from February 8, allows WhatsApp and Facebook to share user information with businesses and third-party service providers that transact on these platforms. Whatsapp in its new ‘Terms of Service’ which the users are expected…

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NIN: Report on Mass disconnection of Phone subscribers unfounded – NCC

  The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has described as unfounded the report that mobile phones’ subscribers would be mass disconnected as a result of the ongoing linkage of SIM Registration Records with the National Identity Number (NIN). The Commission, which stated this in a statement sent to Platforms Africa, added that most of the reports are based on the erroneous assumption that for every network or SIM connection, there is one unique human subscriber. “The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been drawn to numerous publications in both…

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Digital Transformation: SystemSpecs MD, Obaro, calls Attention to Cybersecurity

    As the pace of digital transformation ramps up across the world with increased use of data and cloud technology by organisations and governments, technology experts have called for a renewed focus on cybersecurity to ensure data protection and privacy. Managing Director of financial technology and human resources solutions powerhouse, SystemSpecs, John Obaro, stated that the increasing spate of cyber-attacks and the role of malicious insiders indicate that traditional approaches to data security are no longer sufficient. Therefore, individuals, organisations and governments must be one or more steps ahead…

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Nigeria embargoes New SIM Cards’ Sale for MTN, Glo, others

  The Nigerian Government has directed telecommunication companies across the country to halt the sale registration and activation of new Subscriber Identity Module, known better as SIM card. Thw Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), which issued this embargo in a statement to Platforms Africa, explained that the directive had become imperative to pave way for an audit of the Subscriber Registration Database. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, said that the move was to allow the commission focus on the task ahead and ensure all bottlenecks are…

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Nigeria vows to regulate Social Media, says action needed “most urgently”

  . Information Minister, Lai Muhammed, blames new media abuse for #EndSARS protest’s hijack, violence . Alleges social media was used to guide arsonists, looters to certain properties, both public and private, during the EndSARS violence   “Call it regulation or whatever, we have to do something most urgently to rein in the abuse of social media,” Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, Lai Muhammed declared on Tuesday. Nigeria has earlier made plans to go the way of China, Saudi Arabia and other who regulate the use of new media…

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Nigerian Communications Commission Rakes In N240m From VAS Aggressors 

  As part of its regulatory and revenue generating functions, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has recorded N240 million from licences issued to operators in the Value Added Service (VAS) segment of the telecommunications sector. New Telegraph reported that the industry regulator had so far issued licences to 24 firms within the period with 10 given out last year and nine issued earlier this year. NCC further consolidated the process with additional five licences, bringing the total to 24 with each costing approximately N10 million. The newly licensed firms, according…

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Buhari commissions West Africa’s first Power sector SCADA system by EKEDC

Buhari commends EKEDC for milestone   Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commissioned the power system’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) project centre put in place by Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) in Lagos, which he decribed as the first functional SCADA in West Africa. The centre for SCADA is one of the most advanced technologies in the power distribution business globally, and Buhari declared optimism that the system would translate to improved service delivery to customers within EKEDC’s network. Represented by the minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, the…

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Digital age offers greater revenue-earning potential for Nigeria – NCC CEO

  The Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has underscored the centrality of economic diversification and ethical leadership at all levels of government as panacea for the current economic headwinds in Nigeria. Danbatta stated this when he delivered a paper entitled: “Ethical   Leadership as an Instrument for National Sustainability in the Post-Oil Nigerian Economy. A Public Sector Perspective” at a  two-day hybrid (online and onsite) Annual Directors Conference (ADC) organized by the Institute of Directors (IoD), Nigeria earlier this week, where he also…

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MTN, 9Mobile secure NCC’s nod for micro-chip e-SIM trial in Nigeria

  The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has granted approval for two mobile network operators (MNOs), MTN Nigeria and 9Mobile, to carry out a trial on the workability of embedded Subscriber Identification Modules (e-SIM) Service in Nigeria. The trial, approved to run for a period of one year, will involve testing 5,000 e-SIMs by the two networks, subject to compliance with a number of regulatory conditions. These conditions include full compliance by the MNOs with the Registration of Telecoms Subscribers Regulations 2011; the Mobile Number Portability Regulations and Business Rules 2015;…

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How Nigerian Telecoms Agency raked-in N344.71bn in 5 Years – Danbatta

  The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has told the House Committee on Telecommunications how the telecoms agency contributed to the revenue drive of the Federal Government by generating and remitting N344.71 billion to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) in the last five years. Danbatta stated this while briefing the Committee members, led by their Chairman, Hon. (Prince) Akeem Adeyemi, during a legislative oversight function on the Commission in Abuja on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. The EVC, who attributed the successes of…

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