Connect with us

Telecom

QoS: MNP Rings Fire your GSM Provider

Published

on

Kindly share this post

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), yesterday said that it was set to launch the much awaited mobile number portability (MNP) service, which will afford a telecom consumer the ability to choose or fire his telecom service provider and still retain his number.

The Commission said it will flag off the MNP on April 22 with a “colourful launch” in Lagos after being convinced by the network operators that their networks were ready for the roll out of mobile number portability.

The announcement may a cheering news for telecommunications subscribers who are experiencing poor services but sad for telecom operators with questionable network integrity.

Strong Case for MNP
For proponents of mobile number portability; it will stimulate competition and ensure better service delivery among service providers.

It will also afford the subscriber the opportunity to change his network at will while retaining this mobile number.

To them, today, one of the most significant barriers to competition in the telecommunication industry is the inability of a consumer to change his network even when his is dissatisfied with the services provided by the operator.

How it Works
Touted as the next big thing, the International and European standard is for a customer wishing to port his/her number to contact the new network (Recipient).

The new network provider then sends the number portability request (NPR) to the current network (donor). This is known as “Recipient-Led” porting.

When MNP becomes operational, subscribers would no longer be compelled to carry many handsets at the same time for the fear of network failure.

For instance, if an operator fails to provide good quality of service, a telecoms subscriber has the freedom to switch to another network.

It will encourage all telecoms operators to provide services at an optimal level.

Optimism
Industry watchers are optimistic that the scheme would not only foster competition in the industry, but also throw up fresh opportunities for value added service providers.

Networks with poor service quality will have difficulty retaining customers when the scheme takes off.

The scheme will drive value along customer relations, innovative product offerings and value added services. It can only be good for Nigeria’s telecoms industry.

It represents an opportunity for Nigeria’s telecoms industry to progress and develop by breaking down one of the biggest impediments to customer choice – “number lock-in”.

Best said the scheme has been proven to increase market activity and revenues, as it gives an overall boost to all service providers in the marketplace.

It would empower the consumers by giving the freedom to make the choice as to what network they wish to stay on.

Flip Side
Mobile number portability has its own flip side because by availing the services of MNP and changing the service provider, the user might have to let go some of the benefits that the old company offered.

Moreover, users will have to undergo several technical formalities, which could be a little annoying sometimes.

There are a few formalities that users will need to perform, in order to change their service providers.

Initially, telecom consumers may need to pay a conversion fee from one service provider to other.

Vote for MNP
Overall, MNP service will empower consumers with freedom to choose any service provider without having to lose their existing numbers.

This facility is expected to trigger a cutthroat competition in the market, which compels all the service providers to attract customers by fulfilling their demands.


Kindly share this post
Continue Reading
Comments

Telecom

NDPR to Safeguard Personal Data of Nigerians -DG NITDA

Published

on

Kindly share this post

Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has disclosed that the motive behind the issuance of Nigerian Data Protection Regulations, (NDPR) by the Agency was to safeguard the right of natural persons to data privacy, fostering safe conduct for transactions involving the exchange of personal data, enablement of Nigerian businesses to be globally compliant and competitive and to create jobs for Nigerians.

 

Mallam Abdullahi revealed this Friday while delivering the keynote address  at the 6th annual conference of Institute Internal Auditors of Nigeria, (IIAN) with the theme:, “Agility and Resilience” which was held on zoom conference platform.

 

The Conference aimed at preparing participants across Internal Audits, Internal Controls, risk management, revenue and Government assurance and other business professionals to learn how to leverage on new technologies and procedures towards actualisation of the organisation’s goals and objectives.

 

The NITDA DG who was represented Director e-Government Development and Regulations, Dr Vincent Olatunji stated that since inception of the Agency in 2001, it has been playing a catalytic roles to spur the infusion of technology into nation’s work processes reiterating that the Agency plays “critical roles in capacity development, provision of working tools for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

 

“NITDA also has an existing arrangement with the office of the Auditor General of the Federation to aid the office in the discharge of its activities.”

 

Mallam Abdullahi said, “The Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) was issued on 25th January, 2020 by my predecessor, DrIsa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.

 

“As part of his think-tank then, our thinking was that Nigeria needed to quickly provide a regulatory framework for the processing of personal data.

 

“This was even more pertinent in consideration of the global implications of non-performance.

 

“Businesses where losing bids because investors felt there was no data privacy regime in Nigeria.

 

“The Agency’s implementation of the NDPR has been innovative and impact oriented. For the first time in data protection implementation, auditors became recognised as Data Protection Compliance Organisations (DPCO)”.

 

He maintained that NITDA has 72 licensed DPCOs among which are members of this “august body,” adding that “this posture is not as a result of lack of professionals in the IT industry, rather, we have made conscious efforts to carry every relevant stakeholder along in our developmental regulatory strategy.

 

“ I hope this noble institute would repay NITDA’s generosity by imbibing ethical and professional principles on your members for better implementation of the Regulation.”

 

Earlier in his remarks, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, New Capital Cooperatives Society Mr. Benedict Anyalenka while commending the organisers of the conference affirmed that data privacy and protection should be a requisite skill needed for development of the Information Technology Sector as it would create platform for protection of information against unauthorized usage.

 

Anyalenka, however, called for proper awareness on the importance of data privacy among organisations and stakeholders across the country to safeguard citizens’ data.


Kindly share this post
Continue Reading

Telecom

FG Reveals Plans to Deploy Technology in the Health Sector

Published

on

Kindly share this post

As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government of Nigeria has announced plans to deploy information and communications technology (ICT) in the country’s health sector.

This is part of the plans to achieve transparency and accountability in health care delivery across the country.

Dr. Ngozi R. C. Azodoh, director, Special Projects, Federal Ministry of Health, who represented Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire, Honourable Minister of Health, revealed this while speaking at MTN Nigeria’s Revv Programme masterclass on Thursday, September 17, 2020 .

The virtual session themed ‘Bridging the healthcare divide through technology and partnerships’ had in attendance health sector experts including Chief Executive Officer, Hygeia HMO Limited, Obinnia Abajue; Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder, Afya Care, Kola Oni; Managing Director, Ingress Health Partners, Dr. Orode Doherty and Chief Executive Officer, Tremendoc Limited, Ugochukwu Chikezie. The session was moderated by the General Manager, Business Development, MTN Nigeria, Omotayo Ojulatayo.

According to Azodoh, the federal government has put structures in place to utilise ICT as part of efforts to standardise the healthcare system.

“The government is working hand in hand with state governments across the country to maintain transparency and accountability, adding that ICT and other forms of electronic platforms are currently being improved and expanded following the federal government’s COVID intervention”.

She also shared that the ministry is willing to support small businesses in the sector imploring the participating SMEs to seize the opportunities provided by The Revv Programme.

“I want to ask everyone who is listening to write to the MTN Revv team and say this is one thing I want the Federal Ministry of Health to do to help my business then we can engage on how to proceed,” she enthused.

In her parting remarks, she also commended MTN Nigeria for providing a platform for SMEs to expand their capacity. “I must commend MTN for this excellent initiative. It has been very productive for me and an opportunity to transfer knowledge.”

The Revv Programme is an initiative from MTN Nigeria to help small businesses rethink and retool their operations in order to withstand the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic using a four-pronged approach that includes masterclasses, access to market, productivity tools support and advisory initiatives.


Kindly share this post
Continue Reading

Telecom

Peace House Charity Foundation Seeks for DCTC Intervention

Published

on

Kindly share this post

Mallam Kashifu InuwaAbdullahi, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), asserted that if we do not empower our people, they become a problem to the society in future.

 

He made this know on Friday while receiving a delegation from Peace House Charity Foundation,Yola who were at the Agency’s Corporate Headquarter, Abuja to seek for interventions in the areas of ICT.

 

The representative of the Director General, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, Director eGovernment Development and Regulation stated that one of the mandate of the Agency is the deployment of ICT infrastructure as such the Foundation’s visit at this time is very apt as the Agency is relentlessly working on the implementation of the Digital Economy strategy.

 

MallamAbdullahi affirmed that Agency at the moment is looking for organisations to partner with to sustain Digital Capacity Training Centres deployed across the country.

 

He commended the effort of the organisation in assisting orphans with not only providing basic education but also the provision of skills, mentorship and moral upbringing.

 

Speaking earlier, Mr Mohammad Bello, a Director with the Foundation said that the organisation was at the Agency to seek for ICT intervention and to commend NITDA’s effort in promoting ICT knowledge across the nation.

 

He stated that the organisation supports education for the orphans and the less privileged,  promote health care delivery especially among women and children, provide sensitisation workshop for parents (mothers) on parenting and matrimonial home, promote unity and encourage self-reliance among the populace.

 

 

 

 

 


Kindly share this post
Continue Reading

Trending