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Ericsson Powers MTN to a Successful 5G Trails in Lagos

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Ericsson, telecommunications equipment manufacturer assisted MTN Nigeria to a successful 5G trails in Lagos recently.

Ericsson Powers MTN to a Successful 5G Trails in Lagos

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At the event MTN demonstrated the capacity of 5G service in enhancing tele-medicine, smart city solutions, high-speed internet of over 300 times faster than 4G using Ericsson equipment.

Speaking at the event Nasir Hayatou, senior manager, Radio Frequency Planning, MTN Nigeria, said that fibre to site is a major challenge.

“We told government that one of the major challenges is protection of our infrastructure, we have witnessed a situation where people come with truck and take our generators.

“We have communities today where we are not able to build towers because after setting up the sites the same community will go back and vandalize our equipment. Government needs to help us though the minister has given us assurance that very soon telecom equipment will be included as critical national infrastructure.

“One of the reasons we brought stakeholders to witness this trial is that we want people to see the advantages one gets when you simulate this technology within a very small environment, you can see the speed over 300 times more than 4G speed, you can imagine what the experience is like.

In the same vein, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) decried the impact of vandalization of telecommunications infrastructure on quality of service as 5G trial is carried out around the country, noting that the effort in passing legislation on declaring telecom infrastructure critical national infrastructure will guarantee that Nigerians benefit optimally from the 5G technology.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, who stated this at the event, also affirmed that 5G will be the bedrock of future communications.

According to him, 5G launch is a testament to the support of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to the Nigerian Communications Commission and the private sector.

Danbatta, who spoke through Mr. Henry Ojiokpota, NCC’s Lagos Zonal Controller at the event, which attracted traditional rulers, medical practitioners, students and the representatives of Lagos state government, also quoted a GSMA report that 5G is expected to support significantly, faster mobile broadband speeds and lower latencies than earlier generation networks.

He noted that 5G will enable the full potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). “5G is a game-changer that will revolutionise the way of life from education to agriculture, security to entertainment, and governance in general” Danbatta stated.

Explaining further, the EVC said the availability of a fast wireless network will enable virtual learning and empower students and teachers to re-imagine what is possible inside and outside their classrooms.

In healthcare delivery, Danbatta said 5G will ease Artificial Intelligence (AI) and revolutionise healthcare as it makes it easier to organise diagnoses and to decide on the best treatment plan for a specific patients.

“As demonstrated here today, by moving to 5G networks, healthcare organisations can use the AI tools they need to provide the best care possible from wherever they are in the hospital or clinic,” he stated.

Lagos is the third city in Nigeria, where MTN has demonstrated the potency of 5G technology. The demonstration of the technology had earlier taken place at Abuja and Calabar on 25th and 28th November respectively.


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MTN Nigeria Supports Fight against COVID-19 with Free Services

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MTN Nigeria, has pledged to support to both federal and state governments with communication systems, analytical response, and risk profiling.

MTN Nigeria Supports Fight against COVID-19 with Free Services

This is in a collaborative effort to augment the efforts of the governments against the COVID-19 pandemic

The service provider also added that it was going to donate N500 million worth of airtime, data, and analytics, through the Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF) in support to state governments to facilitate communication during travel restrictions.

In a press statement, MTN Nigeria also added that it would partner with Nigerian Centre Disease Control (NCDC) and provide its staff with N1.4 billion worth of voice and data services, telephones and toll-free lines in order to coordinate their response.

It also noted that it was going to give a free data access to its customers to access websites with validated information about the pandemic.

The telco added that its customers will also get up to 300 free SMS per month, including a partnership with Ayoba, a messaging OTT provider to grant free daily data access to its subscribers and also waving transfer charges on its mobile money agents.

Speaking on the efforts made by the service provider, Mr Ernest Ndukwe, chairman, MTN Nigeria, said, “The threat that COVID-19 represents to Nigeria requires an unprecedented response from the public and the private sector.

“We must all work together to develop and deliver the solutions that will allow us to contain this threat and protect the most vulnerable in our communities across the country.”

“The first phase of support is targeted at the interventions that are we are best positioned to deliver at this stage. As the situation evolves, we are fully committed to deepening and extending these commitments in order to provide all the support we can to the government, and to our people,” he added.

Mr Ndukwe then called for the need to observe necessary protective measures, saying, “It is only by working together, that we can overcome this challenge.”


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Google Doles out $6.5m in Funding to Help Fight Coronavirus Misinformation

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In an effort to help address the challenge of the ongoing spread of misinformation related to the coronavirus pandemic, Google is providing $6.5 million in funding to fact-checkers and nonprofits fighting misinformation around the world.

Through its Google News Initiative (GNI), Google is providing the funds to support media outlets and fact-checkers working to combat misinformation around the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Google will be supporting Africa Check in Nigeria, and Data Leads in partnership with BOOM Live in India to leverage data from Question Hub.

This will be complemented by an effort to train 1,000 journalists across India and Nigeria to spot health misinformation.

Google’s online resources are being updated to support the vital work journalists are doing and the GNI Training Center has tools for data journalism and verification in 16 languages, with a global team of Teaching Fellows delivering workshops entirely online in 10 languages.

Alexios Mantzarlis, News & Information Credibility Lead, Google News Initiative News Lab said, “Health authorities have warned that an overabundance of information can make it harder for people to obtain reliable guidance about the coronavirus pandemic.

“Helping the world make sense of this information requires a broad response involving scientists, journalists, public figures, technology platforms and many others.”

Some other media outlets and nonprofits around the world which will receive support through the Google News Initiative (GNI) include First Draft, a nonprofit that is providing an online resource hub, Full Fact and Maldita.es, which will coordinate efforts in Europe focused on countries with the most cases, CORRECTIV in Germany, LatamChequea, coordinated by Chequeado, in the Spanish-speaking world and Latin America, the collaborative verification project Comprova in Brazil, SciLine, based at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Australian Science Media Centre, creators of Scimex.org among others.

“We also want to do more to highlight fact-check articles that address potentially harmful health misinformation more prominently to our users and we are experimenting with how to best include a dedicated fact check section in the COVID-19 Google News experience.
“Already, we have made Google Trends data readily available in localized pages with embeddable visualizations,” says Mantzarlis.

Reporters across the globe need to understand and explain how the world is searching for the virus.

Local Google Trends data is available for journalists, health organizations and local authorities to help them understand people’s information needs around the world.

Fact-checkers and health authorities also need help to identify topics that people are searching for and where there might be a gap in the availability of good information online.

Unanswered user questions can provide useful insights to fact-checkers and health authorities about content they may want to produce.


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Beware of Fake Website Offering Free Internet- NCC

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has alerted Nigerians of messages being spread by a fraudulent website.

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The fake website (https://covid-19-fg-grant.blogspot.com/?=1) is asking Nigerian citizens to apply for a free internet bundle and claiming partnership with the NCC.

“Nigerian government, in collaboration with NCC, is offering all Nigerian citizens up to 20GB of data to stay at home and get up-to-date information in a bid to counter the spread of COVID-19. All Nigeria citizens are entitled to free Internet connection to stay at home safely and enjoy the Internet in a bid to control the spread of COVID-19. The free Internet package is available to everyone starting from Friday, 27th March, 2020,” the website claimed.

The website suspiciously asks Nigerians to apply for the free Internet by clicking a web link, which automatically takes them to a webpage with a dialogue box where they are expected to fill in their bio data and other demographics.

Dr. Henry Nkemadu, director, Public Affairs, NCC,  however said in a statement on Thursday that for the avoidance of doubt, “the NCC wishes to state categorically that neither the Nigerian government nor the Commission has issued such a message to Nigerian citizens.”

“In view of the above, the Commission strongly advises Nigerian citizens and all telecom consumers to beware of this fraudulent, false and spurious claim. The general public should discountenance the falsehood which has gained traction by the rise in tempo of its circulation,” Nkemadu said.

He emphasized that the message should be disregarded in its entirety, adding that the said website was “a sham and a total deception to dupe Nigerians of their hard-earned money, and to harness personal data for fraudulent purposes.”

“Consistent with the consumer-centric policy of NCC, the Commission wishes to sensitise Nigerians to the antics of cyber criminals, who will want to take advantage of this challenging period of a rampaging pandemic, and the stay-at-home directive of the government to scam telecom consumers and the general public.

“The NCC, therefore, uses this opportunity to reiterate its commitment towards deepening access to telecoms services and its dedication to strengthening the protective measures it has instituted to safeguard the rights of over 128 million Internet users across mobile networks in Nigeria,” Dr. Nkemadu stressed.


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