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Gionee Unveils IoT Ready ‘Gionee M6’ Smartphone, Partners Etisalat



(L-r): Clement Nwankwo, manager, Device and Terminals, Etisalat Nigeria; Somoye Habeeb, marketing director (Gionee Nigeria); Idowu Adesokan, head, High Value and Mass Market segment, Etisalat Nigeria, and Chen Bin, marketing director (Gionee Chinese), during the launch of Gionee M6 in Lagos on Wednesday

Gionee (Nigeria) has unveiled its latest flagship device- Gionee M6 with unique proposition of  Internet of Things (IoT) ready smartphone.

Internet of Things or is primarily the internetworking of physical devices, referred to as “connected devices” and “smart devices”, buildings, and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to interact virtually.

The Gionee M6, according to the Company serves as remote control for every type of television set, interacts with refrigerators and other home electronics.

Speaking at the device unveiling in Lagos on Wednesday, Mr. Somoye Habeeb, marketing director (Gionee Nigeria) said “For the smartphone world, it is the best of times, as it is the time of bests. The Gionee M6 is a fresh evolution of the Gionee species that promises to raise the smartphone experience to newborn dimensions with a powerful battery, security chips and speed like never before.

“As smartphone increasingly become an integral part of our lives, the importance of mobile security grows increasingly paramount. Think about how much of our life is stored in that little device- private conversations and photos with loved ones; financial and employment information, detailed records of our daily habits. It is pretty scary, right? That is why Gionee makes mobile security the biggest priority with its newest smartphone, the M6 ‘the world’s safest smartphone’”.

He said that Gionee’s drive to provide extra security for smartphone is not entirely an altruistic one- part of this direction is to distinguish the M6 from the flood of new Android phones in the market, many of which are very excellent devices.

“But for those of you who really are constantly concerned about the threat of cybercrimes, Gionee M6 will ease your concerns”, Habeeb said.

Partnership with Etisalat Nigeria
Speaking on the partnership, Mr. Idowu Adesokan, head, High Value and Mass Market segment, Etisalat Nigeria, said that the network had launched mobile fourth generation long term evolution (4G LTE) service into the Nigerian market, offering the customers increased access to high speed data and quality voice services real time.

With the new technology and Gionee M6 device, he said that the customers will enjoy efficient broadband internet and uninterrupted connectivity to increase access to online streaming and ultra-high definition videos.

“Unlike others, our customers do not have to go through the inconveniences of executing a SIM swap before they can enjoy 4G LTE since all Etisalat SIMs are already LTE enabled. Etisalat’s 4G LTE network supports the widest range of LTE devices so many subscribers can immediately enjoy the benefits of LTE, this is what birth this partnership,” he said.

Gionee M6 Implies Space and Speed
Speaking, specifically about Gionee M6 device, Habeeb said, “Everybody needs space and speed and Gionee M6 can afford you plenty. Its internal memory is a whopping 64GB ROM which can store more of your files, music, games and movies. The M6 also has a 4GB RAM. So, you see? Like speed, like never before. You can open more apps at the same time with the support of Etisalat (4G LTE) services.

Slim but Mighty
“The Gionee M6 can claim such a tag. With a dazing 5000 Milli-Ampere battery that comes with a capacity density of 700wh/L, life never stops. And with such a powerful battery, the thickness is only 8.2mm. Present also is a 9V2A dual charging chip that allows for faster charging speed and better cooling effect. It can also serve as a power bank that will charge up to other phones.

‘A Swipe In Time Saves Nine’
“The Gionee M6 also features a fingerprint scanner on the home button. Having the sensor at the front allows for mush faster unlocking and safer use.

Every Flash Tells a Story
“The Gionee M6 is itself a redefinition of what it means to take a snapshot. With an 8MP front and 13MP rear camera with ‘face beauty’ and a ‘screen flash’ that allows you take selfies in the dark, every act of photography for you becomes an experience; every flash tells a story; every memory meets no end”.

Other Features
The Gionee M6 has also got an Amoled glass; 5.5 inches FHD display; WCDMA/GSM; infrared remote control; screen record; split window; dual micro SIM; Android 6.0; 4G+; business card scanner and translator; smart power consumption; gryroscope; electronic compass; gravity sensor; light sensor; hall sensor and proximity sensor.

Speaking on the significance of the new service, Chen Bin, marketing director (Gionee Chinese), said that the launch of Gionee M6 and 4G LTE service was an important milestone for both Gionee and Etisalat.

According to him, benefits of the new 4G LTE which include clearer voice calls, increased access to faster and qualitative internet service are great value for money to the users. 


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Reps to Investigate Pullout of Etisalat from Nigeria



The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Telecommunications to investigate and ascertain the circumstances which led to the withdrawal of Etisalat so as to protect Nigerian subscribers’ interest.

This was sequel to a motion by Rep. Saheed Akinade-Fijabi (Oyo-APC) yesterday in Abuja.

Moving the motion, Akinade-Fijabi expressed worry that the inability of the Etisalat to meet its debt servicing obligations with 13 banks forced its foreign shareholders out of the firm.

He said the company was eventually taken over by the banks.

Akinade-Fijabi explained that the take-over was against the letters and spirit of the Nigerian Communications Act.

“The take-over of Etisalat which was renamed 9mobile by the banks is a clear violation of section 38(1) of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003.

“The Act provides that the grant of a licence shall be personal to the licensee and the licence shall not be operated by, assigned, sub-licensed or transferred to any other party.

“The Act further states that the licence could only be transferred if there is prior written approval by the community.’’

According to the lawmaker, Etisalat Nigeria paid almost half of the initial loan amounting to about N504 million dollars.

“Etisalat Nigeria obtained a loan of 1.2 billion dollars (N377.7billion) in 2013 from 13 Nigerian banks, with a foreign guaranteed bond to finance a major network rehabilitation, upgrade and expansion of its operational base in Nigeria.

“The company so far paid about half of the initial loan amounting to about 504 million dollars but it had reneged on its debt servicing obligations after the interventions of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the CBN to restructure the loan and new repayment deadline.”

The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Yussuff Lasun.

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Tecno Mobile bags popular phone brand of the year & smartphone of the year award



Tecno Mobile, has once again been recognized for her stellar innovations and user-friendly products as they bagged smartphone of the year and Popular Phone Brand of The Year award at the Nigeria Tech Innovation and Telecoms Award.


Speaking at the event, General Manager of Transsion, parent company of TECNO Mobile, Mr. Chidi Okonkwo stated “We commit our best resources to whatever we do and thus are always pleased when we get recognitions like these because they prove to us that indeed consumers see, use and appreciate our works.”


Mr. Okonkwo, Speaking of the brand’s dominance and successes, added that “Tecno Mobile is on a winning streak, not just in Nigeria but globally.


“Last year when we stepped into the international scene for the first time, several people questioned our tactics and critiqued our model but one year after, it has become even more evident that our ability to develop globally competitive products with deep local consumer insights is an essential ingredient in our dominance globally.


“Our successes in the Middle-East has not only bettered our books however, it has also made it possible for us to scale into new markets in Asia like India where we currently service smartphone consumers.”


Okonkwo won the award as a result of his outstanding contribution and impact to the mobile technology space in Nigeria.

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NCC, NSCDC Ink Agreement on Telecom Infrastructure Protection



Nigeria Communication Commission and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Wednesday in Abuja signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to protect critical Telecom infrastructure from vandalism and theft.


Prof Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman of NCC signed on behalf of the commission, while Abdulahi Gana, commandant-general of NSCDC signed for his organisation.


According to Danbatta, the commission is leveraging on the reach of NSCDC to protect telecom infrastructure.


He said that the infrastructure were being damaged and at times it could be unintended due to road construction.


The executive vice chairman said that the signing of the MoU had further lend credence to NCC’s commitment to secure the lives of Nigerians wherever they live, as well as protecting telecom infrastructure from vandalism across the country.


“We are concerned about this infrastructure and, therefore, we pray that through this partnership with NSCDC they will be protected.


“ These centres have been put in place to bring relief to Nigerians in distress.  They are provided to offer emergency services between the people in distress and the emergency agencies.


On pre-registered SIM Cards,  Danbatta said  that  NCC  would not allow unscrupulous few among the citizens to use preregistered SIM cards to undermine the security of the country.


“We must be seen to be doing everything within our mandate to end the use of unregistered SIM cards and, I want to warn those engaging in it to withdraw or the law will catch up with them.


“We will do all we can to make sure they are not in circulation. We have taken some measures, in addition to electronic forms to ensure we give a good example of those who willfully use the preregistered SIM cards to  commit fraud.’’


He also appreciated the assistance of the Corps to the protection of the centres which served as inter-face with the people.


Earlier, the NSCDC commandant-general,  Abdulahi  said that it was the corps mandate to protect critical national infrastructure, adding that they were ready to provide the equipment, and fire arms to protect the national infrastructure.


Gana said that the defence corps has offices not only in the 36 states but in the 774 Local Governments.


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