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ConSol & Mellanox Partnership is Symbolic- Adeoye



Abiodu Adeoye, managing director, Contact Solutions

Abiodun Adeoye is the Managing Director of Contact Solutions Ltd “ConSol”. He has consulted for various telecom operators around the globe (KPN-Orange Belgium, Vodafone Netherland, SBC Technologies, Vodacom SA, Vodafone Australia, Vodafone NZ, Vodafone Hungry, Telsim Turkey, Turkcell, etc.) also held intermediate and Senior Engineering positions at One2One (now T-Mobile) in the UK.
He briefly spoke to peter ugwu on how a new partnership between ConSol and Mellanox will benefit the enterprises in the Nigerian market.

ConSol and Mellanox Symbolic Partnership
One of the synergies with our business is that we also run data centres. Our contact centre services are datacentric.
The whole operation is powered from the data centre. So, we have that as an advantage. Now, the founders of ConSol were the same people that built the MTN network.
We understand technology and what BIG DATA is all about. Having operated in this environment, pre-ConSol, we understand some of the challenges that organizations have. It is not actually so much as in infrastructure deployment, rather throughput.
So, a customer wants a service not excuses. For example, you go to an ATM, slot in your card and expect to withdraw cash; there is a failure along the line.
A lot of the time, it is because the pipe tries to carry a lot of transactions at the same time and there is a jam along the line.
The typical example is traffic gridlock we witness on the road daily. With that understanding, we came across Mellanox Technologies.

Why InfiniBand, Ethernet and Other Mellanox Products
They have solutions that can triple the capacity and upgrade the network, so that you can increase the pipe and allow much traffic go through.
So, they are interested on how you manage the BIG DATA. The ICT industry in Nigeria is getting that.
Fortunately, we had a Government that set the pace and we are keenly interested in seeing continuity of the ICT blueprint by the present Government.
In fact, we are at a par with the world in terms of technology. We have the infrastructural challenges that have held us back. But in terms of technology deployment, we are not lagging behind as such; LTE is there in USA, it is here in Nigeria.
However, the biggest challenge is how we are deploying the technology, and we need to prepare for BIG DATA. There is a lot of activities revolving around the concept such as the National Identity Number (NIN); Bank Verification Number (BVN); data capture by the Police, FRSC, and national population census is around the corner.
There is a lot of data. It used to be in the oil sector that we harvest data, presently; every sector is feeling the impact of the concept.
Thus, for quality of service, we should start looking at Mellanox technologies that can help us manage data and throughput in a more efficient manner.

Opportunities for SMEs
If you look at their range of products, it is very wide. The reason for that is that there is a solution that can be tailored for each level or size of organization; whether you are SME, medium or large size organization.
The complexity of your data increases as you get better. From that point of view, they have low-cost solutions for SMEs, where you have solutions like CloudX that allows and SME to plug in without necessary spending the capex to deploying a data centre large infrastructure to benefit from the same services.

Critical Challenges to Be Tackled
Power, network optimization and, of course, bandwidth are challenges many enterprises face. What is critical at the end of the day is how that data centre should be able to deliver services.
If you look at the financial services, when one demands for a service and there is a downtime while people are doing transactions online, it could cost the company millions of naira.
 In other words, half a second downtime can cost a company millions of naira lost…

…In Other Words, The Solutions Guarantee Optimal Time?
They offer zero downtime, faster throughput, low latency, which are the important factors to keep organization’s network up and running.
If you are allowed to know the numbers, you will be amazed how inefficient data centres are, especially, how much it costs organizations.
So, Mellanox is one of the organizations we partner with because of the range of products. We have others with great deed of products and load-balancing applications that allow you move traffic across your network, while optimizing the bandwidth.
So, we are specifically targeting this kind of technology to deliver value added capability within a data centre or cloud-based environment to unleash better quality service delivery.

Data Security & Trust: Mellanox’s Promise
You only need to look at their existing clients’ list such as e-Bay, Facebook, Twitter, Alibaba. The volumes of traffic on those e-commerce spaces are phenomenal.
Security is critical to them. Therefore, if this is their product of choice, we don’t need to say more.
Out other partner’s product is used by the FBI in US; Cisco has now adopted and integrated it into their platform. So, we did our homework.

Value Proportion for Nigerian Enterprises
Obviously, we need to create awareness for the development of domestic companies that can compete globally.
However, we already have multi-national players investing in organizations in the country. The likes of Konga, Jumia, Yudala, PayPorte, Kaymu, OLX, etc; they are offering seamless services like e-Bay, Amazon. So, the products will be critical to them too.
Apart from the back end of logistics and delivery, when the customers go on their websites to buy products, they would want to ensure there is throughput, no cyber security lapses.
The oil industry will embrace the products too, due to the nature of the industry that requires protection and seamless operations.

While we are hoping for improved broadband penetration, we can optimize what we have now for better throughput. I think that should be the approach in every industry.

ConSol’s Unique Services
What differentiate us from others are the quality and efficient service deliveries. Our customers remain with u s for year, because they trust our processes.
So, the better value added service implies we are not just there to make money from them, rather to deliver cost-saving services.  


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 CSO Sends FoI Request To NCC



Following the alleged plans to block online news sites, the Paradigm Initiative has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Nigerian Communications Commission asking the Commission to provide it with information on the matter.

The request was filed by the digital rights advocacy organisation on Friday at the Abuja headquarters of the Commission, giving the Commission seven (7) days as stipulated by the Freedom Of Information (FOI) Act 2011, to release information on the alleged attempts to block domain names of online newspapers.

It would be recalled that the Nigerian Tribune exclusively reported on Sunday, October 5 2017 “that the government, through the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), has engaged the services of a firm in Lagos to block the domain names of “several identified websites threatening national security.”

The newspaper further alleged that Commission wrote a memo to the firm, directing it “to immediately take steps to restrict access within the Nigerian cyberspace in respect of 21 (twenty one) additional websites by blocking the domain names. (The list of websites is attached).”

According to Adeboye Adegoke, Paradigm Initiative’s Program Manager, “the phrase “additional websites” in the memo indicates that there are other websites already marked for illegal censorship through an equally illegal blockage of their domain names. If this is true, then this would be a clear indication of this government’s anti-free speech agenda”

“It has been six days since Tribune published its story and NCC has not come out to deny the story. This is why we have filed this FoI request. NCC cannot wish this report away; the commission has to come out and address Nigerians on the issue”

In the FoI request, Paradigm Initiative asks NCC to provide it with answers to the following questions: Is the Nigeria Communications Commission or at of its agents in the process of taking steps or block or restrict the domain names of certain websites? If yes, what websites would be affected? What criteria were employed in selecting these websites? Under what legal provision is this being carried out?

According to Tope Ogundipe, Paradigm Initiative’s Director of Programs, “it goes without saying that blocking the domain names of newspapers is a brazen violation of the right to Freedom of Expression as guaranteed not only by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria but also by international instruments to which Nigeria is a signatory.”

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Web4Africa Celebrating 15 Years of Operations In Africa



By peter oluka

Web4Africa, the Pan African Web Hosting Company, has reached a milestone this October, celebrating 15 crystal years of business.

The company, offering web services physically from Nigeria, has grown from the dreams of the founders, serving 40,000+ clients across over 120 countries.

Today, the giant strides of Web4Africa is felt across the region with the peculiar nature of customer-centric services to hundreds of domain types as well as hosting solutions from four datacentres across Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Established in 2002, Web4Africa is one out of the only two ICANN Accredited Domain Name Registrars in Nigeria and boasts of young- professional team (average age of 28) who are skilled and motivated deliver a happy experience to the clients.

“It gives me great pleasure in joining Web4Africa employees, clients and host of business partners South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana; in fact, across the Continent, in celebrating the company’s 15th anniversary. We have come a long way since commencing operations in 2002 and are very excited about our future as the company continues to thrive in these difficult economic times,” said Oluniyi Ajao, the President and CEO, when discussing the celebration.

Web4Africa’s ability to engineer solutions based on customer’s specific needs has helped the company to continually grow over the past 15 years. For instance, the Company is among the few that accepts Bitcoin, Perfect Money, Skrill, Payza, and more for Domain Registration, Web Hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Servers.

“Our strongest area has always been the mass market. It so happens that to cover that large number of people, our price has to be reasonable. We make our pricing to be within reasonable range to attract the right people”, Mr. Ajao said, while speaking on 25% discount offering to customers as part of packages to mark anniversary.

Clients’ fondness for Web4Africa’s is not far-fetched, but due to its affordability and cost-effective carrier-neutral environment; local cloud hosting (in Nigeria), offers promise for future growth and 100% uptime.

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Sunday Dare honored with Democracy Heroes Award



Organisers of Face of Democracy Nigeria Award (FDN) on Sunday night honored Mr. Sunday Dare, Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), with Democracy Heroes Award for his decades of consistency in promoting democracy in Nigeria.

Face of Democracy Nigeria (FDN), now in its fifth year said Mr. Dare has acted in manners worthy of emulation by Nigerian youths.

Therefore, they urged young people to step out to participate in the democratic process by contesting elections in order to represent the people of Nigeria conscientiously.

The FDN team leaders, Olufunsho Ajagbonna and Vivian Lam were emphatic that all the awardees were honoured to enable young people to draw inspiration from their courage, consistency and selflessness.

The event, which was over-subscribed, held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel and ended past midnight, featured series of dances and other artistic displays representing the diversity of Nigeria.

Among those who received awards at the event last night were former Governor of Kano State and serving Senator, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso; Senator Gbenga Ashafa, APC Lagos; Actor-turned-politician, Hon. Desmond Elliot; Chief Dele Momodu, Publisher of OVATION Magazine; and.Dr. Chimaobi Anyaso, an entrepreneur with investment in oil & gas and financing among others.

Prior to his appointment as an Executive Commissioner in NCC, Mr. Dare – a multimedia journalist, author, social entrepreneur and development enthusiast – was the Convener of the Social Media Clinic, a media/ICT initiative focused on educating the citizens about ICT utilisation.

Earlier, Dare had a beautiful career at the Independent Network Communications Limited, publishers of TheNEWS, Tempo, AM and PM News, one of the leading media outfits in Nigeria that deployed its professional resources to challenge the callous authoritarianism of the Military regimes of the 80s and early 90s in Nigeria.

For 8 years, he was the Chief, Hausa Service, African Division of VOICE OF AMERICA in Washington.

In 2010, Mr. Dare was listed as one of the 50 successful Nigeria professionals in America.

He had also recently combined the role of Special Media Adviser as well as Chief of Staff to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Emeritus Governor of Lagos State and APC National Leader.

In this regard, his work was central to the victory of the Party in the 2015 elections.

The FDN team is of the opinion that Mr. Dare’s almost three decades of journalism, advocacy, strategic political thinking and impeccable managerial skills has set him “apart as an emergent leader in Nigeria today”.

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