How beers and Vikings gave Bluetooth technology its name

One of the best-known modern technologies owes its name and logo to a Viking-era king with a bad tooth: a quarter century ago, two engineers hatched the idea for the moniker “Bluetooth” over beers. At the end of the 1990s, Sven Mattisson, a Swedish engineer working at telecom group Ericsson, and Jim Kardach, an American […]

CONFIRMED! FG working on policy towards 5G deployment

∗Joins WHO, ITU to debunk claims of health implications Nigeria may soon join other forward-thinking nations of the world to deploy the fifth Generation, 5G network services in the country. This is as the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, at the weekend revealed that government is putting finishing touches to the policy that will […]

WhatsApp stresses privacy as users flock to rivals

WhatsApp on Tuesday reassured users about privacy at the Facebook-owned messaging service as people flocked to rivals Telegram and Signal following a tweak to its terms. There was “a lot of misinformation” about an update to terms of service regarding an option to use WhatsApp to message businesses, Facebook executive Adam Mosseri, who heads Instagram, […]

Telecoms subscribers deserve better services, says Danbatta

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta is Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Last Sunday in Lagos, he was honoured with the prestigious Zik Prize in Professional Leadership category for 2019. He later addressed reporters on the relevance of the honour to the telecoms industry. Danbatta, a fellow of many professional bodies, […]

MTN begins embedded SIM services trial in Nigeria

MTN Nigeria Plc, on Wednesday, began the trial of embedded Subscriber Identity Modules, e-SIM, services on its network, making it the first to do so in West Africa. e-SIM is basically a small chip inside the phone which does not require physical SIM cards or swapping. It enables the phone work in a similar way […]

Tasks before Nigeria Digital Identity Ecosystem leadership

There is no gainsaying the fact that national development requires actions, especially in the 21st Century where countries are moving at the speed of light. From Sweden to China, Germany to the UK, USA to Japan, Singapore to UAE, and South Korea to Switzerland, one thing has been significant – the level of development remains […]

Phone vendors lose 30% of capital to lockdown

• Seek government’s intervention• Refurbished smartphone sale rises Phone and other allied products vendors have lost about 30 per cent of their invested capital to the economic lockdown. This was revealed on Monday by the President, Phone and Allied Product Dealers Association of Nigeria (PAPDAN), Ifeanyi Akubue, during a chat with The Guardian. Akubue said […]

Nigeria: NITDA Seeks Withdrawal of Publication Alleging N1 Billion Funding From NCC

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has sought the discontinuation of a publication alleging that the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) is funding the agency to the tune of N1 billion. The publication, an article published by the online news platform, Sahara Reporters, alleged that a directive was given by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, […]

Nigeria: Discard 5G Network Rumours, NCC Tells Nigerians

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telecoms industry regulator has called on Nigerians to disregard information making the rounds that telecoms operators were laying 5G cables in Lagos and Kano, in readiness to switch on their 5G network. The NCC described the information as misleading and called on Nigerians to disregard it. The purported information […]

Nigeria: 5G Network Not Inimical to Human Health, NCC, Telcos Insist

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) have reiterated that electromagnetic emission from 5G network has no adverse effect on human health. They also said the technology had no link with COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the world. They spoke in separate telephone interviews with THISDAY, while reacting […]