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Suburban Re-strategies for Efficient Service Delivery

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Suburban West Africa, the holding company of the Suburban group of companies, has restructured its board of directors and has expanded its management team, in order to prepare the company to achieve its objective of being the Next Generation Backbone provider in West Africa.
In addition to this development, the company has also recently concluded a consultancy agreement with KPMG, a leading business advisory firm to implement its Corporate Governance Policy.
At the inaugural meeting of the board of directors held at the company headquarters in Abuja, Suburban West Africa also reconstituted boards of its subsidiary companies in line with its recently implemented Corporate Governance Framework by KPMG.
The restructuring included the appointment of serving non-executive directors in the holding company as chair persons of the boards of the individual subsidiaries. 
Among the newly appointed board chairmen are, Suleyman Ndanusa appointed chairman of the Suburban Telecom board, Tony Madojemu chairman of the Suburban Systems board, ASP Sekibo chairman of the Suburban Broadband board, Nicolas Okoye as chairman of the Suburban Telecommunications BVI board while Eunice Oladeji was appointed chairman of the Exchange Telecom board.  The board of Suburban West Africa also passed a resolution replacing the previously appointed directors of the five subsidiaries listed above.
In addition to the board restructuring, Suburban West Africa also filled some key vacancies within its management team.  Mr. Anil Verma, was appointed the new group Chief Technical Officer, Mr. Verma comes to Suburban with over 25 years telecom experience and prior to his new appointment was the Vice President of Network Planning and Engineering at Reliance Communications, one of the largest Telecom providers in India. 
Also joining Mr. Verma are Mr. Pradeep Pillai and Mr. Krishnan Ranganathan.  Mr. Pillai.  Mr. Pillai comes to Suburban with over 14 years in Sales and Marketing and will be heading the Product Development unit.  Prior to joining Suburban, Mr. Pillai also served in Reliance Communications and had a prior stint in Nigeria with Globacom. Mr. Ranganathan comes to Suburban with over 16 years experience in sales, marketing and key account management with technology companies in India and Oman.
He will serve as the Head of Sales at Suburban West Africa. 
Finny Mlemchukwu will head the Business Solutions unit of Suburban West Africa’s broadband subsidiary.  Mr. Mlemchukwu will be joining Suburban after serving in different technical roles at Sprint and Nextel Corporation, all based in the USA.
According to Otunba Niyi Adebayo, chairman of Suburban West Africa ‘the recent changes in our boards and the key vacancies we have filled within our management team, as well as the implementation of our new Corporate Governance policy by KPMG are the final steps in ensuring we are fully equipped to achieve our business objectives as an organization.
“In order to deploy the type of infrastructure we intend to deploy and provide the type of services we intend to provide not just in Nigeria but in West Africa, you have to have the right management team and governance framework.  The new structures and people give us the confidence we require to implement the company’s vision, which is to be the Next Generation Network carrier for West Africa.”

 

 

 


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NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System

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Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), has arrested one Mr Aliu Olalekan, for allegedly hacking into DSTV system and watching the channels free without subscription.

NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System

Mr Matthew Ojo, NCC Director in the Lagos Directorate Office said this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, on Tuesday.

He said that the suspect used to watch DSTV channels free without subscription on his Android phone via an app which he downloaded on google play store.

“This suspect distributed the know-how to his telegram followers and on his blog with the aim of gaining more followers and viewership on his blog and makes more money through google ad-sense.

“The operation was based on surveillance which had earlier been carried out by the Multi-choice team and verified by a copyright inspector, ” he said.

He added that the arrest was made in collaboration with a team of copyright inspectors led by the Head of Enforcement Department, Mr Charles Amudipe.

Others included; a team from Multichoice Nigeria led by Mr Umar Ibrahim and policemen from Lagos Command Headquarters, Ikeja.

Ojo said that the joint team conducted an anti-piracy operation at the premises of the culprit in Amukoko, Lagos.

According to him, the suspect was contacted on phone by a member of the operation team on the disguise of patronising him. “The suspect came out to meet the caller and in the process of discussion, he was apprehended.

“The suspect took the team to his resident. The squad paraded his one-room apartment and recovered his laptop and phones used in perpetrating the ungodly act. “He was arrested and brought to the copyright commission office for further investigation, ” he said.

Ojo said that, on getting to the commission’s office, the statement of the suspect was taken and the inventory of items seized from him taken. He said that investigation on the matter was still ongoing and if found guilty the suspect will be charged to court.

 


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NCC, Digital Encode Support NITRA Innovative Tech Forum On Post-COVID-19 Strategies

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator and Digital Encode, Cybersecurity and Compliance advisory company, have indicated interest to partner with the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), the national umbrella body of ICT reporters, as it organizes a forum that will x-ray the industry’s future plans for ICT growth post pandemic era.

 

The event, slated to hold on October 15, 2020, will seek to discuss the needs for a fortified ICT sector after the COVID-19 era, and the level of preparedness of ICT stakeholders to embrace the challenge of being pivotal to the stability and growth of all other sectors.

 

A statement from NITRA National Secretariat in Lagos indicates that due to the pandemic and need to observe the COVID-19 protocol on social distancing, the event will be held via a Webinar.

 

This year’s theme, “Multi-stakeholder Approach To National Recovery Post-Pandemic”, is in line with the annual event’s generic theme, ‘NITRA Innovative Tech Forum’, a contribution by NITRA to the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) innovations and policies in Nigeria.

 

Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC is expected to deliver the keynote speech at the event and will throw more light on Federal Government’s plans, programmes and policies on post-pandemic strategies using ICT.

 

Dr. Adewale Obadare and Dr. Seyi Akindeinde, founders of Digital Encode, while accepting to support the event expressed their readiness to offer their expertise in Cybersecurity for organisations to prepare against cyber- attacks with the new normal.

 

They will also highlight areas that are high risks that need fortification in terms of cybersecurity.

 

Speaking on the event, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, national chairman, NITRA, noted that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave its negative trails across the globe, economic reboot for countries will not only depend on how well they readapt to the new normal, but also more on their recovery plans.

 

According to him: “While the federal government has consistently expressed its willingness to set all policies in place to engender growth, and accelerated implementation of these policies, private sector firms have also shown great hunger for the task ahead in post-COVID-19 era.

 

However, the question that needs to be answered is whether all stakeholders are ready for the required task ahead.”

 

The event will also offer participating companies opportunities to publicize some of their individual efforts at contributing to reacting a soft landing or lifeline for SMEs and other ancillary companies as the pandemic threatens their survival.

 

Digital Encode is a multi-award winning and leading consulting and integration firm that specializes in the design, management, and security of business-critical networks, telecommunications environments and other Information Technology (IT) infrastructures.

 


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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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