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Airtel Nigeria Selects Ericsson for Core Network Upgrade




By peter oluka

Airtel Nigeria has signed a three-year contract with Ericsson to modernize and expand its packet core network, paving the way for even faster mobile broadband services and enhanced user experience for its subscribers.

The Ericsson Evolved Packet Core and other range of solutions delivered, will provide increased reliability and scalability to the Airtel network making it even more flexible in meeting the growing demand for new services.

Not only will these solutions optimize the uptake of mobile broadband, but it will also support enterprise services and form a secure platform for virtualization and network slicing enabling other advancedservices such as 4GMassive IoT and 5G.

Awadhesh Kalia, CTO, Airtel Nigeria said: “As the Smartphone Network, we are constantly investing to ensure that we deliver on our promise of a seamless broadband experience for our customers. With the completion of the first phase of this project, we have already begun to see the transformation in our networks.”

Jonathan Adams, head of Ericsson South and East Africa said: “As a longstanding partner, we are aware of Airtel’s unyielding commitment to delivering excellent services to their customers. Through this partnership, we will be deploying a comprehensive, reliable and future-proof suite of solutions that offers quicker time to market of new offerings and superior network performance.”

The Evolved Packet Core solution includes the Ericsson Evolved Packet Gateway on the SSR 8000 platform which provides leading performance and split control and user plane operation, as well as the Ericsson SGSN-MME which supports multi-access, GSM, WCDMA, LTE and interworks with Wi-Fi and CDMA.

According to the latest Mobility Report, smartphone subscriptions in Sub-Saharan Africa are expected to grow to 850 million by 2023 – a compound annual growth (CAGR) of 17% percent.

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NCC Plans Fresh Directives on Data Roll- Over



Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) is planning to issue fresh directives to service providers on Data Roll-over plan, Alhaji Ismail Adedigba, deputy director, Consumer Affairs Bureau of the commission has said.


Adedigba disclosed this at the 39th edition of Consumer Town-Hall Meeting held at Akpabuyo in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River state adding that the operation would take effect from June 26.


He explained that the Data Roll-over would enable consumers to roll-over unused data from one to seven days, depending on the data plan.


He said this was sequel to the earlier directive to service providers on forceful subscription of data services and Value Added Services which had been in place since May.


He said: ‘’The commission also developed 622 Toll Free Line through which you can easily lodge complaints for any unresolved service issues to the NCC.


“I need to emphasise that failure of the operators to comply with the above directives will attract appropriate penalties.”


Felicia Onwuegbuchulam, director, Consumer Affairs, said that telecom consumers remained the target beneficiaries of its activities.


Onwuegbuchulam said: “This is why the commission is having regular interactions with the consumers and service providers.’

According to her, the theme of the meeting- ‘’Using Information and Education as Tools for Consumer Empowerment and Protection, ‘’ is carefully chosen as one of the cardinal objectives of the NCC.



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NCC Slashes Mobile Voice Termination Rate by 20%



The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced a 20% reduction to the cost of national roaming which will mean subscribers will pay less for inter-network calls.

The rate for national calls has been reduced from NGN4.90 (US$0.0112) to NGN3.90 (US$0.0084) per minute for mobile operators, effective 1 July, according to the NCC’s website.

This is the first time in five years that Nigeria will revise its interconnection rate and is contrary to general expectation among subscribers.

New entrant LTE operators will pay NGN4.70, while the international termination rate of NGN24.40 (determined in 2016) remains unchanged.

Umar Garba Danbatta, NCC’s Executive Vice President, said the regulator considered operators’ opinion as well as the state of competition in Nigeria’s telecoms sector and the country’s macro-economic environment.

“The process of arriving at a new mobile termination rate has been conducted in a climate of openness and with a view to providing maximum transparency to all parties without compromising the confidentiality of commercially sensitive information,” the NCC stated.

Prior to the directive, the NCC commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to carry out a comparative study on interconnection tariffs in Nigeria and globally.

The study revealed that the Nigerian telecoms market has experienced strong growth since the regulator adopted interconnection tariffs in 2009, and then revised the tariffs in 2013.

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ITEL Mobile Raises the Bar in Smartphone Battery Life, Unveils ITEL P32



Africa”s leading mobile phone brand, itel Mobile today unveiled its newest addition in the Maxpower series.


The event which was held at Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja, was simple but classy, attended by Google and 9mobile representatives as well several personalities, key opinion leaders and stakeholders in the African mobile technology industry.


The new itel P32 features an enormous 4,000mAh battery capacity equipped with super fast charging technology for users to enjoy 3 days of non-stop fun and usage with their device on just one single charge.


Over the years, the itel P series has been noted for an impressive performance in long-lasting battery life and this latest addition to the series, the P32 is not an exemption in excellent power consumption management.


Oke Umurhohwo, Marketing Communications Manager itel mobile, addressing the media on the launch, expressed his happiness at the successful launch of yet another outstanding offering from their stable.
“We are proud to unveil one of the market’s best battery life smartphone with dual rear cameras and other great specs.


“The itel P32 is built to give mobile consumers better stability, speed and probably the best battery life experience on mobile phone.


“At itel mobile, we focus on delivering continued value to mobile consumers and we are pioneering our products with new technologies and best material design techniques in order to offer newer mobile solutions to our consumers.”


The new device is powered by the Android™ 8.1 Oreo™ (Go edition) operating system, which is optimized to deliver a smooth and fast experience and offers consumers a number of benefits including new and reimagined Google apps for entry-level smartphones including Google™ Go, YouTube Go, and the Google Assistant for Android (Go edition) and enhanced data efficiency.


The itel P32 debuts with a 5.5” IPS 18:9 full screen along with an amazing 8.8mm ultra-slim body and round border edges that makes the phone comfortable when held.


The device also flaunts an expanded storage space for better operations; running on a 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM, and powered by 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processors.

The new smartphone wears an ultra slim design with premium curved edges, also spotting dual rear camera technology – a high definition combination of 5.0MP AF dual rear camera and 5MP front camera for taking clear and crisp photos.


It also features a rear mounted multi-functional fingerprint scanner that can be used as a shutter for taking photos, recording videos and even unlocking the device in only 0.1s is among several other essential features of the P32.


9Mobile, also has partnered with itel Mobile to extend amazing offers to customers who purchase the itel A32F,A15 and P32.


These customers will get 2GB instant bonus, plus 100% bonus on all data plans purchased for the first 6-months after purchase.


They will also get another 50% bonus on all data plans purchased for the subsequent 6-months.


itel mobile has always proven to be a force to reckon with in a stiffly competitive market having introduced an array of successful phone models.

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