Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is set to auction five slots of spectrum for deployment of the Fifth Generation (5G) technology.
Prof. Umar Dambatta, executive vice-chairman, NCC, disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday during the public hearing and inquiry on the proposed draft regulations on telephone subscriber registration, SIM replacement and spectrum allocation, 2021.
Dambatta stated that the commission had put everything in place to auction five slots of 5G spectrum.
“When I appeared before the Senate on our readiness for 5G deployment, I said we were 95 per cent but right now we are 97 per cent,” he said.
Mr Adeleke Adewolu, executive commissioner, Stakeholders Management, NCC, in his welcome address, said that the public hearing and inquiry on the spectrum trading guidelines, sim registration guidelines and telephone users guidelines would help the commission to improve the industry.
Adewolu appealed to the commission to look into the N200,000 penalty for active unregistered line and review it upward so that it could serve as deterrent.
“This spectrum trading guidelines, telephone users guidelines and SIM replacement guidelines will help to guarantee growth in the industry,” he said.
Mrs Josephine Amuwahe, director, Legal Services, NCC, who gave an overview of SIM registration and activation, said that any network provider that allowed pre-registered Sim without full bio-data would pay N200,000 penalty per Sim.
Amuwahe, represented by Mrs Helen Obi,director, Telecoms Laws and Regulatory Unit, Legal Services Department, NCC, listed some of the new guidelines.
According to her, the guidelines are, Activation window (grace period where a subscriber enjoyed limited services before full registration), a period has been increased from 30 days to 60 days
“Foreigners with visas, two or more years, are to register their NIN before acquiring a telephone line but those of less than two years visas are not required to get a NIN.
“A subscriber is a person that is of 18 years and above. Subscribers are only allowed to register four sim cards per a network provider
“For the reactivation of a deactivated line, the person will have to go through the process of new activation of a SIMcard,” she said.
Mr Adedoyin Oye, Airtel staff, said the company had over 300 fibre cuts in a month as a result of construction.
Oye, however, urged the NCC for an improved synergy between the commission, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and construction firms to protect MNOs fibres.
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BBNaija First-Ever Documentary to Premiere on Africa Magic this November
The first-ever documentary about Big Brother Naija is set to drop this November.
The mini-documentary titled, BBNaija: ‘The Fame, the Fans, the Frenzy’, produced by ID Africa’s The Bang Studio, will premiere on Africa Magic.
BBNaija: The Fame, The Fans, The Frenzy will take viewers behind the scenes of the biggest reality TV show in Africa and reveal some truths about the show’s production.
It features some of the most popular housemates the show has ever created including Mercy Eke, Laycon, Nengi, Prince, Alex Asogwa, Bisola Aiyeola, Elozonam, and Ozo.
Also making an appearance in the documentary is the show’s infamous series producer, Kayode, who answers some of the most difficult questions that fans have asked over the years about the show and camera times for the housemates who have passed through the show,
BBN: The Fame, the Fans, the Frenzy tells the untold story of the show and examines its impact through the eyes of relevant stakeholders, with appearances from the host, crew and organizers of the show which has grown to become the biggest Big Brother franchise in the world.
Femi Falodun, chief executive officer of ID Africa, explains that the show is an African pop-culture phenomenon, so it was necessary to tell its story.
He added, “At ID Africa, we love to tell untold stories, and what better story to tell than that of the biggest Big Brother instalment in the history of the franchise.
“In the recently concluded season alone, the show recorded over a billion votes from millions of viewers.
“It was also watched in over 30 countries across the globe. I am thrilled that we get to share the backstory of how this show is made and how much it changes the lives of the participants.”
Busola Tejumola, executive head of Content and West Africa Channels, MultiChoice, also shared her excitement about the premiere of BBN: The Fame, the Fans, the Frenzy. She said, “We’ve worked tirelessly behind the scenes for years to make Big Brother Naija a success.
“So, it’s quite exciting to see the story of how the show comes together each year being told so brilliantly. The documentary will give fans an insight into how much work it takes to deliver the show each year.”
BBN: The Fame, the Fans, the Frenzy will premiere in November, across Africa Magic and Hip TV. You can also watch this exclusive showing on Netng’s YouTube and insidebbnaija.com.
DStv subscribers will also be able to watch the documentary on the go via the DStv app on multiple devices at no additional cost. The app is available for download from the Apple and Google Play stores.
IXPN Engages with Stakeholders in Kano, Harps on Improving the Internet Ecosystem
The Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), last week in Kano, one of Nigeria’s commercial cities engaged stakeholders from various sectors on the benefits and impact of connecting to the exchange point.
At a two-day workshop attended by various Internet Service Providers in Kano state, representatives from the Nigerian Communications Commission, Vice-Chancellors, Provosts, Permanent Secretary of the Kano State Ministry of Science and Technology, Executive Secretary from Kano State Library, Mr. Rudman Muhammed, Chief Executive Officer of IXPN, explained that connecting to the exchange point has a huge role to play in the country’s ICT ecosystem and, ultimately, the digital economy agenda.
According to Rudman, the role of the Internet and easy access to information by students in today’s world cannot be overstated, emphasizing that IXPN is at the forefront of advocating for the localization of educational research contents and other content in-country, with such content easily accessible through the increasingly robust IXPN infrastructure across Nigeria. This will significantly reduce capital flight, improve latency, reduce the risk of such traffic being hijacked, and improve resiliency.
“We believe that the fast-depleting IPV4 resources at AfriNIC underline the need for Higher Educational Institutions to acquire their IP resources and peer with the eXchange point, thereby providing access to their students to contents currently available through the IXPN,” he said.
He also assured that the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria is ready to provide the necessary support to any educational institution that wishes to acquire IP resources and connect to the eXchange point.
The workshop in Kano is coming weeks after IXPN engaged 21 participants from 9 network operators in Lagos in what it described as value-added service to its members through capacity building.
Mr. Rudman at the two-day training programme held at the IXPN Academy located at its corporate headquarters in Lagos, explained the rudiments of BGP to her members, saying Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is a gateway protocol that enables the internet to exchange routing information between autonomous systems (AS).
“The idea of today’s training is to empower members of the Internet eXchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) with the rudiments and workings of Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), which is important to us as a one-stop peering point for service and content providers,” he emphasized.
The Internet eXchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) announced earlier this year that it will begin capacity building for its members across the country, to empower them on current technology trends and best practices, particularly as it relates to connectivity to the eXchange Point.
The Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) is currently the Regional Internet Exchange Point (RIXP) for West Africa, with over eighty (85) active networks interconnected, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and all Nigerian Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).
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