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Subscribers Groan as 4G Technology Delivers Narrow Band



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Telecommunications operators have been involved in the race of adoption of latest technology in service delivery from 2G to 3G and now 4G LTE. These migrations are aimed at delivering reliable and faster services be it voice or internet.

However, the extent to which subscribers feel the impact of such upgrade in terms of fast and reliable internet service has been a subject of debate as subscribers have been consistently faced with poor voice and internet service even with the latest 4G LTE believed to offer reliable and faster service.

A testimony to this is series of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) sanctions on operators for poor services.

It would be recalled that the commission had suspended promos of some operators as a result of effects of such promo on quality of service delivered by those operators.

According to stakeholders that spoke to Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, ‘narrow band delivered to subscribers in the pretense of broadband fall short of what broadband internet should be, this is because, some of them are not using the required spectrum for 4G LTE service but rather using what they have to delivered the service. More so, they are not investing in the network to be able to deliver 4G LTE service because they don’t see the prospect of return on their investment with the prevailing economic situation in the country’.

Engr. Sam Adeleke, chief executive officer, Steineng Ltd,  said that 4G LTE should give subscribers faster speed and bigger bandwidth without limit to what the subscriber can do with it, ‘but what we see in the market place today is the claim of unlimited service while pegging the subscriber on 60GB, what happens is that at the beginning the service will be fast by the time you are exhausting the 60gigabyte you were pegged at, the service will no longer be fast and you find it difficult to download some files.’

“This is not broadband. If we have broadband it means unlimited capacity and volume which is provided today in the country by very few operators. LTE broadband does not limit you. What we see in the industry is operators using existing technology to offer new service.”

He attributed the situation to lack of investment in the network to be able to deliver the required service and therefore urged Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to educate stakeholders on the required standard for broadband service.

Corroborating Adeleke, David Venn, chief executive officer, Spectranet, said that some operators were in a hurry to launch 4G LTE since they can’t get dollar to buy equipment and cannot get foreign or local funding to invest in the new network, they decided to use existing technology to offer new service that does not deliver required broadband service.

“Optimising a network for 4G LTE service is complex which requires five different bands, and the handset must work on the five different bands to be able to deliver effective service. What we see in the market is 4G in few bands not on the whole bands, that is why the service delivered is not broadband. Remember, those operators have not done it before, they will get it better as time goes by,” he said.

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Vodacom Trains the Next Generation on Internet of Things



L-R: Olumide Idowu, Senior Manager, Customer Support Operation Centre, Vodacom; Iwalehin Oluwakemi and Azubile Godwin both Teachers from SS. Peter and Paul Nursery and Primary School; Abu Etu, Senior Manager: Product Portfolio, Vodacom Business Nigeria with pupils from SS. Peter and Paul Nursery and Primary School, Ikate Elegushi, Lekki Lagos during a one day Information and Communication Technology Field Trip to Vodacom Facility in Lagos recently..

In order to further technological development in the education sector and among the next generation, Vodacom Business Nigeria has organised a robotics training session for thirty-six young students from the S.S. Peter & Paul Nursery and Primary School.

Loving Gaze, an independent non-profit organisation that serves the underprivileged communities in Lagos State, runs the school.

The young students, aged between 8 and 10, through a practical course on robotics, were given the opportunity to learn about the integration of the Internet of things (IoT) in robotics and its growing relevance in various areas of modern life.

The students were taught how to build, program and control robots, drones and other artificial intelligence.

This demonstrated the essential nature of technology in various aspects of everyday life, including securing lives and property. As a practical demonstration of this, students were shown how drones could be used for a wide range of services in today’s world.

This includes the delivery of medication and lifesaving supplies to remote locations in emergency situations, which is already happening in some locations around the world.

They were also given a tour of the company’s facilities, exposing them to the importance of connectivity and telecommunications technology in today’s digital world.

Abu Etu, Senior Manager: Product Portfolio, Vodacom Business Nigeria said, “ As part of our commitment to empower the next generation in Nigeria through ICT, Vodacom believes that it is important to promote training for students at the primary level of education.

This will prepare them from the early stages of their lives for the post – digital age which will demand technical knowledge and skills”.

The General Manager of Loving Gaze, Barbara Pepoli, said; “We are excited that our students had the opportunity to learn new things beyond the walls of the classroom.

Getting children interested in technology has been very important for our school and this field trip is a great way to make technology come to life for our students”.

Vodacom Business Nigeria constantly uses industrial tours and field trips to educate students from primary, secondary and tertiary schools on new telecommunications technologies that are driving the economy.

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Opeke Highlights Data Centre Hosting, Cloud investment @ TMT Finance Africa



Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer of MainOne, has highlighted the opportunity for increased investment in shared fiber network infrastructure and data center and cloud computing infrastructure in Africa. This, she said was key to further unlocking the gains in the digital transformation of the continent.

She spoke at the 2018 TMT Finance Africa Conference, a forum driving investment for telecoms, media and technology sector across Africa, held in Cape Town, South Africa last week.

Ms. Opeke joined panelists from DLA Piper, Teraco, PAIX and Rack Center to discuss the need for continued investment and growth within the telecom sector and data center market in order to realize the vision for increased ICT adoption in Africa.

She highlighted that MainOne, through its subsidiary, MDXi Data Centre has recently invested an additional N12billion in its Lekki data centre in order to grow its capacity from 300 to 600 racks as the leading data centre in West Africa.

She stated that this investment is a part of MainOne’s plan to invest additional $300 million to enhance communication infrastructure across West Africa over ten years.

“MainOne intends to remain at the forefront of the broadband initiative in West Africa with investments in fiber infrastructure and data centres across the region to advance broadband activities.

In 8 years, we have established a reputation as the preferred provider of connectivity and data center services to West African businesses and have facilitated global content providers seeking direct access to subscribers on the sub-continent.

The company has continued to extend its network reach and is currently providing services in eight West African countries including Nigeria and Ghana,” she added.

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After Konga, Owners Mull Sale of Jumia



There are plans to sell Africa’s leading e-commerce firm, Jumia, owned by Rocket Internet, a German start-up investor.


The move is coming as Zinox Group, an integrated Information Communication Technology (ICT) solutions conglomerate and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), recently acquired Konga, e-commerce giant.


Reports,  yesterday, suggested that Rocket Internet, is also considering listing Jumia either in Frankfurt or London stock exchange.


This is expected to take place this or next year, but according to Reuters, Rocket Internet is expected to “shortly mandate banks for an initial public offering of Jumia.”


Rocket Internet helped set up Jumia in 2012, but the firm has been operating with loss for years despite conquering the market space.


But the owners are seeking a way out from the consumer electronics and fashion retailer, in line with its strategy of selling or listing established internet firms.


Reuters said Berenberg, which has a track record of working with Rocket on capital market transactions, is seen to be in a good position to win a mandate, the people said.


A listing of shares, in a volume of under €200 million ($245.7 million) is expected to be floated, but no information on Jumia’s valuation was immediately available.

Last year, Rocket Internet floated online food groups, Delivery Hero and HelloFresh, while the investor is currently also preparing a flotation of its online furniture retailer Home24.


1.2 billion consumers and 15 million small and medium-sized firms. It also features services such as an online hotel booking and a food delivery platform.


Jumia said in January that it had 1 billion visits on its pages across Africa in 2017. It has 50,000 merchants in its ecosystem, where five million products, hotels, restaurants and other services are listed.


According to a presentation from Rocket Internet, Jumia saw its adjusted loss before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization widen to €80.7 million in the first nine months of 2017. Revenues edged up to €57.3 million.

Only recently, Zinox Group acquired Konga in a move that is expected to raise the profile of e-commerce in Nigeria.


The acquisition has been viewed by industry watchers as a major development that could see e-commerce in Nigeria finally unlock the massive revenue potential in the global multi-billion-dollar industry.




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