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Glo Boosts Xmas, New Year with Bounty Hamper

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Globacom has launched Glo Bounty, a special gift pack designed for people and organisations wishing to send gifts to their loved ones and business associates during the Yuletide, in  the spirit of the season.

Glo Bounty comes in two different pack:  the big pack containing a Glo Mifi (Mobile Wi-Fi), one Data Dongle, one Huawei G3621L Data-enabled  handset plus three Glo SIM Cards and the small pack containing a Data Dongle, one Huawei G3621L Data-enabled handset and two Glo SIM packs.

Both gift packs each come with a special gift of  a hot, double album featuring 52 hit tracks of  20 Glo music ambassadors from Nigeria, Ghana and Benin Republic.

The music tracks featured in the 52 hit-track album are drawn across different music genre, and they include songs by MI, Waje, P Square, Wande Coal, Lagbaja, Flavour, Omawunmi , Naeto C  and Sammy Okposo from Nigeria.  Other Nigerian musicians featured in the album are Burna Boy, Chee, Ego, Lynxx and Bez.  

Ghanaians on the hit album are Irene Logan, Edem, Kwabena, Sherifa and Gyedu Blay Ambollay. It also contains the works of Zeynab from Benin Republic.

According to Mr. Niyi Olukoya, Globacom’s marketing coordinator, each pack of Glo Bounty comes with great value.  “At the cost of N20,000 per pack for the big one, the customer will enjoy up to 1.5GB of data access on activation of the Glo Mobile Wifi.

He will also enjoy free 500MB of data bundle each month he recharges with a minimum of N1000, for 11 months from the day of activation.  

Then on the Data Dongle, the subscriber, on purchase of a minimum N1000 data plan monthly,  will have an extra 260 MB data bundle free every month – and this will  be enjoyed for the next  12 months from date of activation. While on recharge of N200 monthly,  100MB data bundle is given free on every recharge for six  months from date of activation” Olukoya explained.

The small pack which costs N8,000 comes with a fantastic value of up to 260MB of data plan on activation of the Glo Dongle and 260MB  monthly upon purchasing  a N1000 plan  for 11 months. This means that for the next 11 months, each time the subscriber buys a minimum of N1,000 data plan, he gets an extra N260MB data on his Dongle.”

Olukoya clarified. According to him, for six months from date of activation, the subscriber can also enjoy 100MB extra data bundle free each time he recharges with minimum of N200 monthly .

He said: “there is no value greater than this at this season for your acquaintances and business associates.”   

Olukoya further stated  that Glo Bounty is sold at  Gloworld shops and Dealers’ outlets, adding that it was introduced to enrich the options of quality gifts that Nigerians can give to their loved ones during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

He explained that Globacom introduced the 52 hit tracks by the 20 Glo Music Ambassadors to further enrich the festive atmosphere in the homes of Nigerians.

“In Nigeria, like in most parts of the world, Christmas is a period of festivities and sharing of gifts between families, friends, neighbours and businesses. The season is also a period of bonding when families and friends want to communicate. They want to call one another, send SMS and probably make  video calls on Skype. Therefore, Glo Bounty meets the two needs– the need to communicate and the need to bond,” Olukoya said.


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NCC Holds First Virtual Bi-Annual Meeting with Telcos

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and senior executives of telecommunication companies on complaints management recently held the regular bi-annual meeting, in compliance with COVID-19 management protocols instituted by the Federal Government.

NCC Holds First Virtual Bi-Annual Meeting with Telcos

Prof Umar Danbatta, EVC, NCC

At the meeting, which focused on consumer relations and complaint management processes, the NCC and the telecom service providers agreed that the compensation policy should be revisited and complied with at all times.

This is to ensure full compliance with the new Complaint Categories and Service Level Agreement (CC/SLA) consented to by the NCC and the service providers in the telecommunication ecosystem.

Additionally, it was decided that the Commission and telecom service providers will hold follow-up discussions on “Fair Usage Policy” on unlimited data bundles/data rollover, in order to provide a clearer explanation and better understanding of the processes and procedures of the policy for the benefit of the consumers.

The Commission hereby wishes to restate that its direction of June 2018 to service providers to commence implementation of data rollover from 26 June 2018, remains in force.

In other words, a subscriber’s unused data must be rolled over to his/her subsequent data subscription.

Therefore, the Commission urges service providers to continue to inform and educate subscribers on the procedures and processes for data rollover.

Service providers also agreed to ensure that senior-level customer relations officers support their respective complaints management teams, to resolve complaints that were not resolved to the satisfaction of the consumers when such complaints were first reported.

The service providers also promised to ensure that complaints are resolved in both the letter and spirit of the recently-reviewed Service Level Agreement (SLA).

With respect to services subscribed to through third parties (such as banks), which are not rendered, the meeting resolved that telecom service providers should explore initiating service level agreement with banks to ensure uniformity and speed in the resolution of complaints relating to billing.

All parties to the meeting equally agreed that telecom service providers will carry out pervasive consumer education and enlightenment campaigns about their products and services to ensure their subscribers have the information they require to make informed decisions and get value for money spent.

The commission wishes to state that it was very pleased with the impressive attendance, participation, and the quality of decisions taken at the bi-annual meeting.

The NCC is, therefore, determined to continue to work closely with the service providers and other stakeholders in the Nigerian telecom sector in order to improve on the quality of service, and by implication, the quality of consumer experience.

The bi-annual meeting, which has held regularly since 2018, focuses on ensuring improvement in Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) in the telecom industry.

It has served as a veritable platform for the Commission and service providers to discuss and agree on measures that will enhance prompt and effective consumer complaint resolution in telecom service provision in Nigeria.

 


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Ericsson Launches Integrated Packet Core Firewall to Boost 5G Core Security

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Ericsson is advancing 5G core network security for communications service providers (CSPs) through the launch of the cloud native Ericsson Packet Core Firewall.

Core network security is a key factor in CSPs’ forward business planning as they pursue innovative new business opportunities powered by 5G and emerging technologies.

Ericsson’s new solution, part of the Ericsson 5G platform, is aimed at enabling CSPs to pursue those opportunities not only through the best packet core network security capabilities, but also in the most cost-effective way for their business.

Powered by A10 Networks’ advanced security technology, the Ericsson Packet Core Firewall solution is already seamlessly integrated with Ericsson Packet Core Gateway in  Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core offering. The solution also supports end-to-end network slicing and edge computing.

The cloud native offering is optimized to scale with user plane to the edge of the network to cater for secure core network 5G use cases. By protecting a communications service provider’s core network – including sensitive service provider data and customer data – the all-in-one solution secures 5G service availability.

The solution delivers more than 50 percent total cost of ownership reduction over dedicated user plane security solutions, while maintaining 5G latency. This is enabled through a single CNF (Cloud Native Network Function) solution with simplified maintenance and orchestration.

Folke Anger, Head of Packet Core Solutions, Ericsson, says: “Securing service availability in 5G requires a holistic view beyond dedicated security solutions.

“We are now launching the Ericsson Packet Core Firewall seamlessly integrated into our Packet Core Gateway. This will provide our customers with substantial total cost of ownership improvements while ensuring their 5G services to the edge.”

Patrick Donegan, Founder and Principal Analyst, HardenStance, says: “Telecom operators need to think differently about how they implement security with a 5G Core. Ericsson’s Packet Core Gateway together with Packet Core Firewall integrates user plane and security functions in a single Cloud native Network Function (CNF).

“This allows significant TCO savings and is well optimized for edge use cases. It also enables automated, closed-loop, threat mitigation independent of transport equipment vendor.”

Dhrupad Trivedi, CEO and Board Chair, A10 Networks, says: “Mobile operators are transitioning to more cloud native and distributed architectures to support 5G. This increases the critical need for security and network availability.

“A10 is excited to expand our partnership with Ericsson to enable current and emerging 5G use cases. The Ericsson Packet Core Firewall powered by A10 Networks is ready for cloud native deployments and addresses the evolving business needs for operators.”


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Anambra Indicates Interest to Host NITDA’s South-East Zonal Office

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The Anambra State Government has indicated interest to provide enabling environment for the National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) to situate its South-East Zonal Office in the State.

The State, also among other requests, expressed willingness to host some of NITDA’s events, programmes and establishment of information Technology hub in the State.

The State made the requests during a working visit to NITDA by Mr Theo Manfa, managing director/chief executive officer, Anambra State Information and Communication Technology Agency, (ANSICTA).

Mr Manfa in his address,  expressed that the call for special requests by the state is necessitated by the fact that the state “has long been known as a home of innovation and entrepreneurship, through the various markets like Onitsha and Nnewi and the plethora of locally produced goods they spawned over time.”

He said that innovation and entrepreneurship are important elements to drive the digital economy which the nation is striving to create adding that the state has been watching with keen interest the activities of Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and NITDA which necessitated the intended partnership.

While itemizing the identified possible areas of collaboration, Mr Manfa said that the state would like to partner NITDA on the newly launched Nigeria Government Enterprise Architecture, (NGEA), training of youths in hardware and software skills, entrenchment of e-Government culture and learning interventions for secondary school students with the aid of Unity Board.

In his remark, Dr Vincent Olatunji, director, e-Government Development and Regulations, who represented Mallam Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) at the meeting said it is gratifying to know that the state is keenly following the activities of the Agency in its drive to achieving digital economy for the nation.

He commended the state for developing its ICT policy to serve as road map on how the state would execute its IT plans adding that ANSICTA should ensure it drives the policy for the state.

While assuring the state that all its requests are not beyond what the Agency could provide, he enjoined it to formally write to the Agency by itemizing and prioritizing the area of collaborations.

The highlight of the meeting was the presentation of Award of Appreciation for his outstanding achievements in driving the digital economy.


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