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9mobile Splashes Roaming Customers with Double Offers @ Yuletide

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Christmas is starting early this year as 9mobile, the leading customer-friendly telecommunications company, has launched double roaming offers to enable its potential and existing customers to stay connected with family, friends and business partners, in the UAE and 10 other destinations across the globe this Yuletide season.

Starting from December 1, 2017 to January 31, 2017, subscribers on the 9mobile network would enjoy seamless and affordable connectivity, on both voice and data on the go, when they travel out of the country for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

The two innovative roaming packages launched by the telco are 9mobile Roaming to United Arab Emirate (UAE) and 9mobile Xmas Roaming.

9mobile Roaming to UAE is designed to enable customers travelling to the UAE this Christmas and to Dubai Shopping Festival in January, to benefit from discounted roaming rates. With a recharge of N5,000 customers get to make local calls in the UAE and calls to Nigeria at the rate of N100 per minute, send SMS at N30 per event and receive free incoming calls from Nigeria and UAE.

Customers also get to choose from two roaming data bundle variants of 200mb for N5,000 valid for 7 days, or 500mb for N10,000 valid for 30 days by dialing *6589# to activate either of the data bundles.

The other package, 9mobile Xmas Roaming, is designed to enable customers stay connected with loved ones when they roam in any of the 10 listed countries on select networks – South Africa (Vodacom & Cell C), USA (T Mobile), UK (Vodafone and 02), Ghana (Vodafone), France (Orange), Germany (Vodafone, T mobile and 02), Kenya (Safaricom), Spain (Vodafone and Movistar), Turkey (Vodafone and Turkcell) and the Netherlands (Vodafone).

On the Xmas Roaming package, subscribers can enjoy rates as low as N150 for calls to local numbers in visited countries and back to Nigeria, N50 per SMS and upon recharge of N5,000, customers are eligible to receive calls for free from Nigeria and local numbers within the visited country. Under this package, customers can also choose from two roaming data bundle variants of 200mb for N5,000 valid for 7 days or 500mb for N10,000 valid for 30 days by dialing *6589#.

Speaking about the roaming offers, Director, Consumer Segment, 9mobile, Adeolu Dairo, said the two packages could be considered as Christmas gifts to 9mobile’s teeming customers who have continued to display unflinching loyalty to the brand since its inception nine years ago.

He said, “Our commitment to our esteemed customers and the zeal to ensure they remain connected to loved ones during this festive season goes a long way to show how much we value our subscribers. The offers will enable subscribers on the 9mobile network enjoy value added services like video streaming, seamless calls and other life-enriching content. Customers can also visit www.9mobile.com.ng/roaming for more information”.

“The offers are amongst the many ways 9mobile is connecting with the passion points of its customers, especially during this season, as a way of encouraging the spread of unity, love and peace. 9mobile UAE and Xmas Roaming packages make roaming affordable and accessible to everyone not just a select few.”

9mobile’s impact on the telecommunications sector has continued to grow, with innovative application of technology to meet the needs of subscribers.

According to Dairo, this underlines the passion with which the company has continued to improve its technology, technical capabilities and interactions with its customers, in order to continually offer best-in-class products and services in line with rapid technological advancements which have defined this digital age.

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Telcos, ISPs Frustrating IPv6 Adoption by Networks

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There are indications that telecommunications operators and traditional internet service providers (ISPs) in the country are frustrating adoption of Internet Protocol version six (IPv6) by other networks, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek has learnt.

 

IPv6 is touted as the latest level of the Internet Protocol (IP) and is now included as part of IP support in many products including the major computer operating systems.

 

A network engineer with a university who does not want to be named expressed the university’s frustration to use its IPv6 address by the telecommunications operator providing them with internet connectivity because their network is not compactable with IPv6.

 

Providing more insight on this, Mohammed Rudman, chairman, IPv6 Council Nigeria, said that most telecommunications operators and internet service providers in the country have not adopted IPv6 which raises the issue of compatibility with other networks they are offering internet connectivity service.

 

“Upstream service providers in the country are not offering IPv6 on their network. For instance, among networks that bring submarine cable to the country, it is only MainOne network that have adopted IPv6 on its network. This is not good for the country’s effort to adopt IPv6,” he said.

 

Nigeria CommunicationsWeek investigations revealed that there are 32 networks in the country which are made up of telecommunications operators, internet service providers, universities, banks, oil companies among other organizations that have acquired IPv6, with only three networks using it as at today, they include MainOne Cable Company, Internet Solution Limited, and ipNX Nigeria Limited.

 

Rudman noted that while other African countries are making steady progress in the adoption of IPv6 Nigeria lags behind because of their use of Network Address Translation (NAT). NAT allows networks to convert private addresses of internet protocol (IP) to public addresses thereby making the country to consume less resource of IP addresses.

 

He added that the use of NAT is responsible for Nigeria’s low ranking in consumption of IP addresses on the internet, even as the country ranks amongst the highest in Internet penetration in world and number one in Africa.

 

Niyi Yusuf, country managing director, Accenture Nigeria, urges for regulatory push in the adoption of IPv6, he cited the case in banking sector where CBN issued a directive mandating banks to adopt tier 111 Data Centre which led them into outsourcing of data centre business to commercial data centre operators with Tier 111 certification.

 

Chris Uwaje, vice chairman, IPV6 Council Nigeria, urged Nigeria to focus on the awareness of the challenges, opportunities and benefits of the global trends of IPv6 and the future of Internet.

 

“We must activate planning processes now and initiate partnerships among business, government, academia and other members of the community. To accelerate the diffusion of IPv6, regulators should encourage the ISPs with focused incentives for constructive IPv6 transition and migration,” he said.

 

He also called for the establishment of Regional IPv6 Task force Workgroup’s as a “Train the Trainer” strategy for accelerated diffusion of the Internet Protocol Version 6 in Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NCC to Mulls 14 Days Window for Unused Data Roll Over

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Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, will soon issue a directive to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to allow 14 days window for telecom service consumers to roll over their unused data even when they do not renew at the expiration of the data plan.

 

This is giving concrete expression to the spirit of its declaration of 2017 as Year of Nigerian Telecom Consumer.

 

The Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, stated this recenly in Port Harcourt at the programme commemorating the NCC Day at the ongoing Port Harcourt International Trade Fair, where he was represented by Bashir Idris, NCC’s Head of Projects.

 

It is adequate to say that, once the direction is issued; there will be a cessation of the ongoing practice in which subscribers to certain data regimes lose their unused data whenever they failed to renew the data plan subscribed to at the expiration of the subscription period.

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NCC Fixes Handover of 9mobile, as Glo, Others Send EoI

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reiterated that the December 31 deadline for the handover of 9mobile to the preferred bidder is sacrosanct.

 

Globacom Limited, Bharti Airtel, Smile Telecoms Holdings, Helios Investment Partners LLP and Teleology Holdings Limited have all been shortlisted as the five bidders still in the running to buy 9mobile, the Nigeria’s fourth largest telecommunications provider, which ran into financial problem with some banks in July.

 

The companies were selected through a process conducted by Barclays Bank, the financial adviser to the creditor banks, on December 4.

 

But speaking to journalists on the sideline of the 82th edition of Telecoms Consumers Parliament in Abuja ON Thursday, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, executive vice chairman of NCC, said the five shortlisted companies had been allowed to conduct due diligence on 9mobile.

 

Although Danbata did not give the names of the five firms, sources listed them as Airtel, Globacom, Smile, Helvis and Telelogy Holdings are the companies.

 

Prof Danbatta said the next stage of the sale process after due diligence would be for the firms evidence of strong financial commitment to buy 9mobile.

 

He said Nigerian authorities would not just handover 9mobile to any company, but to a very “technically and financially capable company.”

 

He assured that there would be seamless takeover of the company, and that whoever buys it would improve the fortune of the company.

 

He said: “As you are aware five bidders have emerged as I am talking to you and they have been allowed to access the data room of the 9mobile in order for them to get access to the financial situation of the company and subsequently make bid for the takeover of the company.

 

“But we will ensure that the takeover is done in a regulated manner, not a forceful manner. That is why the CBN and the NCC are supervising what is going on through the interim board that was jointly set up by the NCC and other partners.”

 

Meanwhile, the NCC boss has disclosed that the number of subscribers using the ‘Do Not Disturb’ had risen from 500,000 to 10million within eight months; underscoring the fact the campaign was achieving its objective.

 

He said the telecom consumer is the paymaster of the operators hence he should be treated as a king.

 

9mobile which was formerly Etisalat rebranded after its major owners in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, pulled out and a new board was inaugurated to run its affairs.

 

This was after failed negotiation with its lenders over a missed payment of the $1.2billion loan taken from a consortium of 13 Nigerian banks in 2013.

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