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Smile Communications, MediaTek to Launch Voice over LTE Smartphones in Africa

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Smile Communications and MediaTek have teamed up to bring the latest VoLTE smartphones to customers in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

 

This follows validation of the MediaTek 4G VoLTE (Voice over 4G LTE) solution on the Smile network. Smile is one of Africa’s leading providers of fast, reliable mobile voice and data services on 4G LTE and MediaTek is one of the top two global providers of 4G LTE chipset platforms to smartphone makers.

 

4G VoLTE is a voice technology for high-definition (HD) voice and video communications over a 4G LTE network.

 

Compared to traditional 2G and 3G networks, VoLTE allows consumers to benefit from superior voice, video and data services on single device and a single data plan.

 

It gives customers the choice of using their data for any service they want including voice and video, allows for faster connection of traditional calls and improves call quality.

 

Ahmad Farroukh, Smile group executive director Operations, said : “Affordability and superior technology are the key factors for a successful rollout of 4G VoLTE. That’s why we have combined Smile’s world-class 4G LTE technology with the MediaTek Helio chipset and MediaTek powered smartphones.

 

“Our collaboration with MediaTek will help ensure seamless voice, data and SMS services over LTE with dual-SIM, affordable smartphones on MediaTek’s Helio platform. This will enable our customers to benefit from richer, more reliable services, clearer voice calls, and value added benefits as they use our bundled VoLTE smartphones. It is in line with our commitment to offering affordable smartphones with competitive specifications and data, voice and SMS bundled as a single offer for customers in every market segment.”

 

MediaTek’s in-house IP Multimedia Subsystem IMS stack supports all major functions for IMS servers and operator add-ons and is tested with operators to ensure the highest quality experience for users. Its VoLTE smartphones deliver stable quality voice calls with high data transfer rates, offering consumers the best internet and voice calling experiences.

 

Dominique Friedl, Director of Corporate Sales for South and Sub Saharan Africa at MediaTek, said: “VoLTE is recognised as the industry-agreed progression of voice services, enabling operators to make more efficient use of spectrum than traditional voice, eliminating the need to have voice on one network and data on another, and unlocking new revenue potential. We are delighted to work with Smile as it uses this technology to leapfrog legacy mobile voice solutions and provide customers with a new-age user experience.”

 

 

 

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Glo Unveils Smartphone Festival, Offers Customers Freebies

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Globacom has unveiled an initiative tagged Smartphone Festival aimed at giving unbeatable value to its customers who desire to own various categories of smartphones.

The company is making the offer in partnership with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including Samsung, Nokia, Huawei, Infinix and Techno, among others.

With the Smartphone Festival, Glo customers will be able to get smartphones of their choice at the best price from any Gloworld shop across Nigeria.

In addition, each smartphone purchase will come with six months of free data, extended warranty, screen guards, memory cards and phone covers, among many other freebies.

Globacom said customers will also be entitled to free recharge card or voice bundle on every purchase just as they will enjoy personal attention and first-class customer care service.

A statement from Globacom’s head office said the offer was conceived as a way of encouraging numerous customers to own smartphones of their choice so as to be able to harness the immense benefits inherent in the communication tool.

“The offer is consistent with our commitment to meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations,” the company said.

Smartphone Festival will hold every two months and will last for 15 days. Globacom customers who wish to avail themselves of this offer are required to walk into any of the company’s retail outlets nationwide to pick any smartphone of their choice.

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Reps Commend NCC for Tackling Call Masking

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House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes has expressed its satisfaction with the measures so far taken by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) with a view to curbing the menace of call masking and refiling in the country,

 

This is coming as the NCC vowed to deploy a technological solution that will enable tracking of SIM boxes used to perpetuate the fraud.

 

Speaking while leading other members of the committee to a high-level meeting at the Headquarters of the Commission yesterday in Abuja, Mr Kayode Oladele, Chairman, expressed concerns on the dangers portend by the menace of call masking in the country.

 

The committee would later listen to presentations on the complex problem from top echelon staff of the regulator led by Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, executive vice chairman of the NCC.

 

“Within a very short time we are very impressed by the responses and I wish Nigerians could be told about what we have done here today. Many people feel that nothing has been done whereas so much has been done, except that if you ask me what we have achieved today I will say that I am leaving here more confused because the problem is bigger than what we thought,” said Oladele at the end of the meeting.

 

Earlier, the NCC boss had told the committee that the menace is not peculiar to Nigeria’s telecom industry alone and the agency had already assembled its finest technical brains to select the best technology solution to be deployed for detecting SIM boxes used by the perpetrators in the country.

 

“When we notice a phenomenon which is anticompetitive or undermining the security of the land we promptly take actions. In this regard, we have taken some steps to ensure that operators licensed by the commission abstain from the act. And we noticed an anecdotal improvement as the numbers came down reasonably. Yet all of a sudden we have an additional dimension, SIM boxing.  These are electronic boxes with a capacity to receive and transmit calls.

 

“We are at a loss how these items of equipment find their way into this country because we don’t type-approve them, and we couldn’t have type-approved them. It’s illegal to bring SIM boxes into the country,” he pointed out.

 

According to him, other African countries bedeviled by the same menace of call masking have successfully used technology solutions to tackle it, adding that the commission would soon speed up its procurement process to ensure its deployment in Nigeria.

 

Speaking further, the NCC boss said that the regulator had to resort to taking administrative sanctions on operators including the recall of redundant numbers to ensure that they were not used in undermining the security of the land, among other several measures taken to nip the crisis in the bud.

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Nigeria Nominates Dr. Hussani For Africa Telecom Union Secretary General

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The federal government of Nigeria has fielded Dr. Abubakar Sadiq Hussani as its candidate for the position of secretary-general of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) in the forthcoming ATU Plenipoteniary Conference holding August 16-17, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.

In the last one week, Nigeria signified its interest to compete for the exalted position of the Secretary General of the Africa Telecom Union (ATU), the African teleocm body for the period 2019 to 2022 through a diplomatic note verbale  No. A.90/2018 dated 13th July 2018 sent by the federal government and published by the ATU on its webpage, among other documents acknowledged via a Note-by-the Secretary-General Ref 079/07/ATU/SG-2018 dated 17th August 2018.

Dr Abubakar Sadiq Hussani, a former assistant professor of telecom engineering, Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola,  and the current head of department of telecommunications and wireless technologies of the American University of Nigeria as well as head of programme for the 54-member British Commonwealth ITU Group (CIG). He was proposed by Nigeria as its candidate for the August contest.

The diplomatic document stated that Dr Hussaini possesses a great wealth of experience in telecommunications which are necessary attributes to hold the prestigious office on the continental level.

At the close of nominations on July 17, 2018 only four countries have signified their interest to field candidates for the contest in line with the ATU circular Ref. 06/01/ATU-CIR/2018 of 16th January 2018. The remaining three are Burundi, Congo Brazaville and Kenya who fielded Mr Constaque Hakizimana, Dr Eric Ndoumba, and Mr John Omo respectively.

Three of the four candidates are accomplished telecoms Engineers while the Kenyan Candidate Mr Omo is a Lawyer. Glancing through the CVs of candidates, if the election is to be determined in terms of technical and cognate experience of managing international organizations, Dr Hussaini of Nigeria stands a very good chance.

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