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NIPOST Rues Shrinking Mail Volume, Misses Revenue Target

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Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) has decried the shrinking volume of mails on daily basis adding that the case is being worsened by companies now preferring compact discs (CDs) to printed annual report, which form bulk of NIPOST’s business platform.

Mike Umo, general manager, BulkPost Venture, an arm of NIPOST told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek in Lagos that owing to present business trends the Venture has found itself, it has become extremely difficult to attain its over N700million annual revenue target.

“Although we still have few weeks to the end of 2013, but we have not achieved our revenue targets. The year, I wouldn’t say is generally bad for us, on the average it is still acceptable. The issue is that mail volume is shrinking by the day; especially when companies in the way to cut cost, they have resulted to converting Annual Reports (ARs) to compact discs (CDs). Now, reports that use to fetch us, by weight, N150:00 or N200:00 per copy have been reduced to CDs. And CDs no matter how padded it may be, it cannot by, the virtues of weight and monetary, be more than N60:00.

“Here in BulkPost Venture, we have a ratio of 60:40 that we give to courier operators. So, with 60% of N60:00 it is difficult for us to meet our targets (revenue wise). Along the line, especially when we had the heat so much, management had to look at the issues; at the same time, customers too were complaining about CDs,” the GM said.

Umo also explained that to convey a CD from one end to another, most times, leave the plates in bad condition. He said that some of the customers have complained of cracking of the CD. “So management rose to the occasion to repackage them in manner that they will arrive to the destinations in good shape. That made the management to come up with a flat rate for CDs, currently pegged at N150:00,” he said.

The management’s decision, he noted, actually cushioned the effect on the Venture’s revenue, otherwise the process really had its nosedived.

“For instance, in the BulkPost we have over N700million target. So far, we have not been able to meet the target, unless something happens before the end of the year. Be that as it may, we still thank God, because if not the management’s position the revenue would have been so down. Meanwhile, the customers are patronizing us because we have entrenched trust in the system.

“Although some of them tend to reduce the quantity of CDs they would have produced. For instance a Company with 500 shareholders may decide to 300. Invariably, the N150:00 has not made us to be on advantage hence the reduction in the number of CD copies produced still affect the revenue drive,” the BulkPost boss said.

On strategies to tackle challenges in the coming year, he said that the Venture will not relent in exploring new grounds and harnessing prospect customers. “We are considering going into direct marketing mails. And we believe that if we explore that area very well it will help us overcome most of our challenges,” he said.

He added that the Venture is organizing a Forum in Lagos on December 12 at Sheraton Hotel, where stakeholders will look at critical issues in the sector.  


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NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution

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Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has warned telecom consumers to desist from using illegal GSM boosters.

NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution

The commission also said that anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.

GSM boosters are devices that transmit and receive telecommunications signals and can therefore interfere with other radio frequency equipment.

Ikechukwu Adinde, director, public affairs, NCC, said in a notice published on NCC website, that only licensed network operators are allowed to use GSM boosters.

The booster, also known as amplifier or repeater is made up of three main elements – exterior antenna, amplifier, and interior antenna.

They form a wireless system to boost cellular reception

“Members of the public should note that, willful interference with any wireless telegraphy is an offence under Section 16 of the Telegraphy Act, 2004,”it said

The agency said it will not condone any flagrant breach of this law.

It has also enforced measures to prosecute offenders.

Accordingly, monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.

“Any member of the public with useful information regarding the illegal use of GSM Boosters should contact the Commission on 09-4617000/7351 or send an email to [email protected],” the notice said.

“Individuals desirous of using GSM Boosters should note that they can only do so in conjunction with licensed network operators,” it added.

 

 


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Tizeti Selects Nokia to Provide LTE Fixed Wireless Access Solution for High-Speed internet Services in Nigeria

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Tizeti announced that it selected Nokia’s Fastmile Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology to enable usprovide superior internet services to over 1 Million subscribers in Port Harcourt, Edo and Ogun in Nigeria.

Tizeti Selects Nokia to Provide LTE Fixed Wireless Access Solution for High-Speed internet Services in Nigeria

Tizeti will deploy Nokia’s AirScale Base Station TDD-LTE and FastmileFixed Wireless Access (FWA) gatewaysto deliver premium internet and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services to Residential, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

The solution will also enable Tizeti’sto deliver a more robust, high-speedinternet service to subscribers and the flexibility to seamlessly evolve to 5G Fixed Wireless Access when needed.

Nokia’s FWA solution enables Tizeti to fast-track broadband access and provide a best-in-class broadband experience to its subscribers.

Nokia’sAirScale Base Stations ensure high-quality connectivity and coverage and enablesTizeti to evolve the network in line with customer demand.

Nokia’sFastmilegateways connect wirelessly to the existing network to createa fastbroadband connection and enhanced Wi-Fi experience in the home.

The Nokia Network Services Platform will help Tizeti to simplify operations and quickly respond to changing market demands.

Kendall Ananyi, Tizeti, said:“We are committed to providing the best-in-class network experience to our subscribers. We are confident that Nokia’s proven technology and expertise will help us differentiate our services based on quality. This a crucial project for us as it introduces LTE in our networks and allows us to bring new and innovative services to our subscribers.”

Eniola Balogun, Nokia, said:“We are thrilled to work with Tizeti on the initiative to upgrade their network to bring the latest products and services to its subscribers. Nokia Fastmile will help Tizeti to cost-effectively enhance the customer experience.

The project will also enable them to delight their subscribers by providing more reliable data services.

On the other hand, Tizeti will benefit by adding new revenue streams.”

 

 


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Risk Assets Push Higher on Vaccine Hopes; Eyes on the Fed

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By Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM,

After two consecutive weeks of back-to-back declines, global stocks kicked off Monday with solid gains amid a surge in M&A activity and positive signs towards vaccine developments. Currency markets were little changed ahead of a busy week of monetary policy announcements, while Oil and Gold ticked slightly higher.

The two big deals announced over the weekend were Softbank’s plan to sell chipmaker ARM to Nvidia for more than $40 billion and Gilead Sciences to acquire Immunomedics for a price tag of $21 billion. Meanwhile, on the vaccine front, AstraZeneca resumed its phase-3 trial on Covid-19 after being suspended last week following a neurological illness developed in one participant, and Pfizer announced that its vaccine could be distributed before year-end if found safe and effective.

 

Central Banks will take centre stage this week with the Federal Reserve, Bank of England and Bank of Japan all due to announce policy decisions. Out of the three meetings, the Fed is likely to be the most watched following its historic shift towards average inflation targeting. The big question remains how will the FOMC put this policy into action?

 

From what we know now, the Fed is set up to keep interest rates near zero for a long time, possibly for several years. Given the new framework, any spike in inflation won’t translate into immediate rate hikes as the Fed wants to compensate for the lost years when they have failed to hit the target. The dot plot will be the key guide for investors and traders alike. If inflation projections remain at 2% or below for the foreseeable future, this will solidify market expectations for a low rate environment for many years to come. That said, Jay Powell would still have to explain in more detail how the new framework will be translated into policy action.

 

In June’s economic projections, the Fed anticipated unemployment would be at 9.3% by year-end, but, in August, unemployment was well below that forecast at 8.4%. Many other economic data surprised to the upside during the June – August period in a clear sign that most economists were overly pessimistic towards the strength of the recovery. However, there is still a considerable amount of uncertainty given the latest surge in Covid-19 cases worldwide and the US, especially as we get closer into the winter season. A second wave will undoubtedly put the recovery at risk in the final quarter of the year and it will be interesting to see the Fed’s view on that issue.

 

As for the market selloff over the past two weeks, the Fed isn’t likely to show any signs of concern. In fact, policymakers should be satisfied with the pullback as the risk of a bubble in several assets has been growing due to the Fed’s extremely accommodative policies. Unless we see another 10 -15% drop, do not expect the Fed to intervene.


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