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How Can LTE Enable Modernization of Public Safety Communication System?

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By Christoph Fitih

There is little doubt that the mobile/wireless technology continues to change the way people communicate and conduct business on the African continent.

 

It is now time to use the same technology to transform the public safety systems. Last year itself Africa witnessed many natural disasters, including floods in Nigeria, mudslides in Sierra Leone and fires in Kenya and South Africa.

 

Efficient critical communications systems ensure that the first responders can communicate with relevant organizations faster and more reliably.

 

Long Term Evolution (LTE) is emerging as a technology of choice for the concerned authorities to transform their mission-critical systems.

 

While the earlier public safety networks relied on voice, a key advantage of LTE is that it can transmit large, high-quality images and videos.

 

Live streaming of emergency situation or access to reliable location information can provide critical insights ensuring faster access to relief in the affected area. It can be the difference between life and death.

 

LTE also helps in bringing down complexity and cost of public safety networks. Public Safety usually involves coordination between multiple agencies, which might be using different systems.

 

LTE enables interoperability with legacy networks allowing various agencies to communicate with each other without a glitch. It is also able to manage prioritization of the users in a secure manner.

 

Further natural disasters usually lead to network outages, but solutions like Bring-Your-Own-Coverage and Network-In-Box deliver coverage anywhere.

 

This allows first responders to set up their own broadband communication network and not let the network outage affect the rescue work. The plug-n-play and ease of deployment ensure that the communication is not affected by a crisis.

 

Network-in-box consumes much less batteries making it long lasting and sustainable in the event of emergency. A portable LTE public safety solution allows connectivity between people and things leading to better control of available resources during a crisis.

 

LTE for Public Safety satisfies the demanding requirements of a public safety network, such as resilience, security, and quality of service. It is time Africa starts to leverage these advantages to save lives and provide reliable access to public safety services to the affected.

 

Christoph Fitih, is Director – Africa Sales, Parallel Wireless

 

 

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NCC Kicks as Some Operators Refuse to Pay AOL

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has decried the non-compliance of telecommunications operators to the payment of the Annual Operating Levy (AOL).

 

Funlola Akiode, Director, Licensing and Authorisation, NCC, said during the Annual Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum on Selected Licence Categories in Lagos, that such act was a breach of operators’ obligation.

 

Represented by Chukwuma Azikiwe, Head, Post Licensing Unit, NCC, Akiode said that non-compliance to terms, conditions and obligations was of concern to the commission.

 

He said: “With respect to compliance with Licence terms, conditions and obligations, our recent audit checks revealed that some licensees were not in compliance with obligations such as payment of Annual Operating Levy.

 

“Some operators are not in compliance with approved Individual Consumer Code of Practice, Type Approval of equipment, submission of statistical data and information on their change of address.

 

“Another important concern is in the area of licence renewal. We also observed the issue of delay in licence renewal by licensees whose licences have expired or about to expire.

 

“They erroneously relied on the aspect of the licence document which states that their licence would be automatically renewed.

 

“I wish to reiterate that renewal of expired licence is not automatic but subject to fulfilment of obligations.”

 

According to her, renewal of licence is subject to being up to date in payment of AOL, development and publication of approved ICCP.

 

Akiode said that licence renewal was subjected to updated type approval of telecommunications equipment, payment of spectrum and numbering where applicable, among others.

 

She urged licensees to take advantage of the forum to sought clarifications on any issue regarding their licence obligations and renewal processes and procedures.

 

Akiode said that the regulatory body had been recently inundated with complaints by subscribers on issues such as the non-compliance with directions on data roll-over and automatic renewal of data service.

 

She said that there were complaints on discrepancies in the advertised data speed and actual speed experienced by consumers after subscribing to a service.

 

She said: “The commission is fully aware and committed to discharging its mandate, especially in facilitating a conducive telecommunication environment and guiding the industry to sustain the achievement already recorded in the industry.

 

“It can only achieve this with the cooperation and support of the licensees, with respect to compliance with extant laws and subsidiary legislations.”

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TECNO Unveils Camon 11 & 11 Pro in Nigeria

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Tecno Mobile has unveiled CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 Pro smartphones which will offer users bright and clear selfies with high quality.

 

The event which took place on at the oriental hotels on Monday 19th November 2018 was graced by partners and fans of Tecno Mobile.

 

The CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 Pro promise to offer users bright and clear selfies with high quality.

 

These novelties are the latest to join the popular CAMON series, which already includes the CAMON X and CAMON CM models, and will delight fans of the self-portrait genre.

 

Speaking at the unveiling Luke Pan, Brand Manager, Tecno Mobile, said that the company takes insights from their customers’ habits,preferences and needs to develop the next groundbreaking product that fits perfectly into their lifestyle thereby displacing competition.

 

He noted that Tecno does not adopt a one size fits all approach in developing their product.

 

Pan added that the revolutionary AI technology embedded in CAMON 11 PRO and CAMON 11’s camera will elevate the smartphone selfie entirely, adding that selfie-lovers will enjoy the high –end 24 or 16 megapixel front camera, which has advanced intelligent features based on AI.

 

Mr. Jesse Oguntimehin, Strategic Partnership Manager,Tecno Mobile, presenting the product information of the Camon 11 and Camon 11 Pro took the audience through the device specifications and latest additions.

 

He said “The CAMON 11 and 11 pro utilizes improved AI technology for selfie photography in addition to many more AI-powered operational features.

 

“Together with the super Notch Screen and upgraded multi-tasking software, CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO offer consumers a better user experience”.

 

The Camon 11 comes with a 16mp front camera, 13+2mp dual rear camera, 3gb ram and 32gb memory space whilst the Camon 11pro comes with a 24mp front camera, dual back camera, 6gb ram and 64 gb memory space.

 

It comes in three stylish colours – Bordeaux Red, Aqua Blue and Midnight Black.

 

The Camon 11 and 11 pro which goes for N49,500 and N76,000 respectively can be purchased in any Electronic Hub Shop at the Malls and in Accredited Tecno shops nationwide.

 

 

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Nine States to Suffer Services Outage as Kogi Shutdown Cell Sites

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There is apprehension in about nine states sharing boundaries with Kogi states on disruption of telecommunications services as the state has lock down several telecommunications cell sites.

The states are Nassarawa, Benue, Enugu, Anambra, Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Kwara, Niger States.

Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), explained that the impact of Kogi state action will affect those states because of colocation of infrastructure model adopted by operators as well as Hub sites that are among the ones shutdown by the Kogi state government.

He added that Hub sites are heavy telecom sites that are connected to slave sites located in the neigbouring states which cannot work without the Hub sites working.

According to him “This situation arises as a number of critical telecommunications sites belonging to our members have been closed and sealed up by Kogi State Government in an attempt to increase its Internally Generated Revenue IGR Collection.

“This action followed an ex-parte court order obtained by the KIRS over unsubstantiated allegations that our members are in default of tax payments to the state government (which is not the truth) and access to these critical telecom sites has been denied.

“As result of these actions by the state government, our members are unable to refuel power generators in these sites, a situation which has led to outage of over 150 sites including hub sites across parts of Kogi State.

“To the best of our knowledge, our members have settled all statutory levies and taxes due to the Kogi State Government and have taken necessary steps to comply with local laws that govern business activities within Kogi State.

“These are charges described as: Annual Right of Way (ROW) renewal, Social Services contribution, Employee Economic Development Levy, Mast site premises renewal and Fire service yearly renewal.

“Others are from the kogi State Environmental Protection Board include; payment of environmental levy, failure to submit an environmental impact assessment report; failure to register industry; failure to submit environmental audit report every 2 years; storage of petroleum products and radioactive materials without written permission from KSEPB; failure to comply with setbacks to roads, power lines and rivers/streams; and dumping of toxic or hazardous substances or hazardous substances or harmful waste without KSEPB approval,” he said.

ALTON also expressed worriy that the action by KIRS will jeopardize communication services provided by us to security agencies such as the Nigeria Police Force, the Armed Forces in addition and to other emergency and social services in Kogi and other neighboring states. This will include affecting communication links to Bank automatic teller machines (ATM) across those states.

“The outage currently being experienced is already affecting the ability of our members to provide uninterrupted service delivery to Commercial Banks, Central Bank of Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and other critical agencies of government in the aforementioned locations,” he noted.

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