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Etisalat Builds $2Bn Network in One Year

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Etisalat Nigeria, Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunications company has spent $2billion building network in its first year of operation and the directors are happy with the telco’s progress, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek has learnt.
With an array of creative and exciting products such as Easy Starter, Easy Cliq and now Elite World in the Nigerian market, Etisalat said it is satisfying all communications needs of its subscribers.
Hakeem Belo Osagie, chairman of the company, said that the journey of the last twelve months have been that of a promise fulfilled. 
Speaking at the event to mark the first year of its commercial service in the country at a grand gala nite held in Abuja, Belo Osagie said: “At the launch of our commercial operations in the country twelve months ago, we made a solemn promise to the Nigerian nation: a promise to bring to Nigerians the same world-class products and services Etisalat is known for in the 17 other countries we operate in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. We are very happy that one full year on, we are able to come before you with our scorecard to show evidence of a promise fulfilled.”
He disclosed that Etisalat had invested hugely on its network expansion in the last one year.
 “We have over 500 active cell sites across the nation. We have actively covered about 40% of Nigeria’s population. We have over 2 million active subscribers on our network. We have spent over $2billion cumulatively building our network,” Belo Osagie said.
Steven Evans, chief executive officer of the company, said that the last twelve months had witnessed the launch of Easy Starter and Easy Cliq product packages respectively; the winning of a number of awards and sponsorship of promotions that have affected the lives of Etisalat subscribers positively.
 “We have also run several promotions in the short space of our one year of operations. These promotions have empowered Nigerians from all walks of life as their lives have been enriched, dreams have been realized, goals in life met and many financially uplifted. In a couple of weeks, we would be doing much more through the biggest prize money promotion ever in Africa, 9jillions. One lucky Nigerian would work away with a million dollars”.      
The occasion also witnessed a formal presentation of Elite World, the new post paid product package designed to meet the needs of new and existing upwardly mobile customers on the innovative company’s network. 
“Today, very much in line with our philosophy to be leaders in the provision of innovative products and services, we are pleased to introduce Elite World, our post paid product offering bringing you the comfort of post paid services while also ensuring that you belong to our world where world class benefits are the order of the day”, the CEO said.

 


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HR Experts Train SMEs on Efficient Workforce Management

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As part of its commitment to upskilling SMEs in a post-COVID economy, MTN Nigeria’s Revv Programme trained small business owners on the most efficient ways of managing the workforce.

The virtual training held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 had a lineup of human resource experts and business leaders as panelists.

 

Speaking at the meeting, Esther Akinnukawe, chief Human Resource Officer at MTN Nigeria, emphasized the importance of business owners building trust with their employees.

 

Akinnukawe, an alumnus of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) with over 26 years’ experience in talent management said building trust with employees begins from the hiring process.

 

“Get your hiring right. If you don’t bring the right people into the organisation, unfortunately the foundation has not been properly built,” she added.

 

Adora Ikwuemesi, a seasoned consultant with over 15 years’ experience, buttressed Akinnukawe’s point.

 

The founder of Kendor Consulting believes “if you ask most small business owners what there biggest issue is, they will tell you it is staffing.

 

“Trust is also a big factor to retaining staff. There is no relationship when there is no trust”, she emphasised.

 

In his remarks, John Obaro, a technology entrepreneur, advised SMEs to pay attention to their relationship with their employees.

 

He said, “Relationship matters. Hire right and relate well with your employees. You need to create a work atmosphere where people are free and relaxed.

 

“Building the trust relationship is very important. Get personal with them.”

 

Participants had more than enough to take away from Chichi Ojeme, whose years of experience as an entrepreneur was evident in her elucidation of the structures that can help SMEs in managing an unskilled workforce.

 

Ojeme said, “To manage them optimally, the communication channel is very important. Speak the language they understand.”

 

Since its launch in August by MTN Nigeria, over 5,000 entrepreneurs have benefited from the Revv Programme, which seeks to provide solutions for SMEs in readjusting their businesses to meet post-Covid economic realities.

The programme adopts a four-pronged approach that includes masterclass sessions, support with productivity tools, access to market and advisory initiatives.

 

MTN aims to train over 10,000 SMEs through the initiative. More than 30 business leaders and industry experts across various sectors have so far contributed to the impactful sessions.

 

MTN Nigeria has also provided participants at the Revv Programme with a rare opportunity to join its accelerator programme, Y’ello 200.

 

After participating in the Revv Programme, some lucky small business owners will be selected to benefit from a broad range of technology and productivity support tools in addition to expert advisory.

 

Other speakers who shared their wealth of knowledge and experience at the event were Bolaji Olagunju, Founder, Workforce Group & Owners Institute; John Obaro, Founder, Systemspecs; and Odunayo Sanya, the Acting Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, who expertly moderated the highly engaging session.

 

 


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Shell to Sack 9,000 over Oil Output Drops

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Shell said on Wednesday that volumes of both Liquefied Natural Gas and crude production were down in the third quarter.

Shell to Sack 9,000 over Oil Output Drops

The oil major disclosed this in an update to the market, which also detailed plans to cut up to 9,000 jobs by the end of 2022 as it adjusts to the COVID-19 price collapse, according to S&P Global Platts.

Upstream production of oil and associated streams was significantly down in the quarter, in a range of 2.2 million to 2.3 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, from 2.6 million boe/d in Q3 2019.

LNG output was down in a range of 7.9 million to 8.3 million metric tonnes for the quarter, compared with nine million mt a year earlier.

In the update ahead of a full results statement on Oct. 29, Shell said its oil sales in July and August had reflected a 15-20 per cent discount to Brent pricing, similar to the second quarter, and its LNG business in the quarter had suffered a ‘significant impact’ from a lag effect in the oil-linked pricing of LNG.

It also highlighted refining weakness, with a utilisation level of just 64-68 per cent and margins “significantly lower” than in the second quarter 2020, and said it intended to reduce its refining footprint globally to less than 10 sites.

On its restructuring plans, Shell said, “Reduced organisational complexity, along with other measures, are expected to deliver sustainable annual cost savings of between $2.0bn to $2.5bn by 2022.

“This will partially contribute to the announced underlying operating cost reduction of $3bn to $4bn by the first quarter 2021.”

Worldwide job reductions of 7,000 to 9,000 are expected by the end of 2022, including 1,500 people who have agreed to take voluntary redundancy this year, Shell said.

It also said production levels in both the upstream business and the LNG business had been lower than in the second quarter, partly reflecting seasonal maintenance, but also the impact of hurricanes in the US Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

 

 

 


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Western Digital Unveils Speed, Portable SanDisk SSDs

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Western Digital Corp. yesterday released two new SanDisk® portable SSDs that offer nearly 2x the speed over previous generations. The SanDisk Extreme® and SanDisk Extreme PRO® portable SSDs are purpose-built to keep up with today’s high-quality content demands.

Professional photographers, videographers and enthusiasts capture and keep life’s best moments every day and they need reliable solutions that perform on the move at astonishing speeds.

With capacities up to 2TB*, the new NVMe™ drives are perfect for creating amazing content or capturing and moving incredible 4K and 8K footage with ease.

The flagship SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSD features a forged aluminum chassis made to stay cool under the pressure of a heavy workload and a durable silicone design to withstand the rigors of production. The drives also help keep content safe with password protection and an upgrade to 256-bit AES hardware encryption1.

“When every second counts, I need fast and powerful solutions that work as quickly as I do. I rely on SanDisk SSDs to keep up with my creativity,” said Tyler Stableford, SanDisk Extreme Team member.

“As an artist, speed is one of my greatest strengths, and I know with the SanDisk Extreme line of SSDs, I can get the job done with greater efficiency and capacity, and I never have to worry about running out of memory wherever the job takes me.”

Rugged and Powerful SSD Performance

Designed with professionals in mind, the new SanDisk portable SSDs were built to reliably handle the most challenging assignments – whether at home, in the office or out on location.

The SanDisk Extreme portable SSD is a great go-to drive for those who need more memory and a durable and fast drive, while the SanDisk Extreme PRO was built for an avid pro who needs even, sustained performance and a drive that can go anywhere.

“For our customers, life is an adventure and they rely on us to raise the bar across our portfolio when it comes to delivering powerful solutions to consumers and professionals alike,” said Brian Pridgeon, director of marketing, Consumer Solutions, Western Digital.

“The SanDisk brand is trusted by professional photographers worldwide, which is why we built our Extreme family of drives to perform at the highest level. We amped up the speeds with the latest NVMe technology and used robust materials in our designs to handle the best shots and the most demanding jobs.”

Key Features

  • SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD

– Save time storing and transferring data with powerful NVMe solid state performance featuring up to 2000MB/s** read and up to 2000MB/s** write speeds.

– A forged aluminum chassis acts as a heatsink to deliver higher sustained speeds in a portable form factor.

– Up to two-meter drop protection and an IP55 rating2 make the drive tough enough to take on any adventure. The drive’s forged aluminum chassis and silicone shell design offer a premium feel and added protection.

– Helps keep private content private with password protection and an upgrade to 256-bit AES hardware encryption1.

  • SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD

– Get NVMe solid state performance featuring up to 1050MB/s** read and up to 1000MB/s** write speeds in a portable, high-capacity drive that’s perfect for creating amazing content or capturing incredible footage.

– For added durability, the drive features up to two-meter drop protection and IP55 water and dust resistance2.

– Durable silicone shell that offers a premium feel and added protection to the drive’s exterior.

– Helps keep private content private with password protection and an upgrade to 256-bit AES hardware encryption1.

Ready to move, consumers can use the handy carabiner loop to secure the drives to a belt loop or backpack for extra peace of mind. The new drives are compatible with PC and Mac computers.

In addition to moving content to a PC or laptop, the new products also now allow users to back up mobile content quickly and easily thanks to compatibility with a range of USB Type-C™ smartphones.

Availability

The SanDisk Extreme and SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSDs are backed by a five-year limited warranty3 and are now available at the Western Digital Store, and at select e-tailers and retailers worldwide.

The SanDisk Extreme portable SSD is available now in 500GB* and 1TB*, and is expected to ship in 2TB* later this holiday season. The SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSD is available now in 2TB*, and is expected to ship in 1TB* later this holiday season.


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