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TEDxIkeja: Adeti, Inlaks CEO Shows How to Achieve Financial Inclusion in Nigeria

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By peter oluka

How the army of unbanked Nigerians could come into the formal financial space would be the subject of discussion when the CEO of Inlaks, Femi Adeoti, speaks at the 2017 edition of TEDxIkeja on October 14.

In a statement released by the curator and organiser of TEDxIkeja, Ademola Adeshola, the CEO of Inlaks, Adeoti “is passionate about financial inclusion and he would be speaking on how the army of unbanked Nigerians can be attracted into the financial net. It is an idea that resonant with the TEDx. We are glad to have Inlaks and the CEO on board”.

According to Adeshola, besides Adeoti, other influential thought leaders from different spheres of life would also share insight on how to solve the myriads of challenges confronting the globe by using native intelligence at the event.

These thought leaders include CEO of Quadrant Company, Bolaji Okusaga; Head of Digital banking, Alat, Dele Adeyinka; winner of Big Brother Naija reality show, Efe Ejemba; MD/CEO, Studio 24, Ifeanyi Oputa; CTO, Social Lender, Bade Adeshemowo.

TEDxIkeja would also feature Ade Olufeko of Visual Collaborative LLC; Comic Republic, spoken word artiste, Cherry Enterfield and others.

A TED New York licensed conference, TEDxIkeja tells native stories and showcase unusual ideas worth sharing to inspire people to change their lives, communities, and the world. Annually, the forum attracts thought leaders who offer innovation, enterprise, and optimism as antidotes to global challenges.

Themed where do we go from here, TEDxIkeja 2017 would dissect the various ugly incidences that are occurring in Europe, Asia, USA, and Africa, and offer native solution to these incidences through storytelling techniques.

Expatiating on the thought leaders expected on October 14 at the forum, Adeshola said TEDxIkeja 2017 would aggregate ideas that facilitate new thinking. Such ideas include social reputation algorithm, suspended thinking, soft power, visual metaphor, Lassa fever detecting kits, something for the girls, stories from Internally Displaced Persons [IDP] and in need of ideology.

Some of the past speakers are Mo Abudu, Joe Odumakin, Tunji Olugbodi, Yele Okeremi, Deremi Atanda, Kenny Black, and Deolu Akinyemi etc.

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MTN Smart Survey a Smart Way to get Customer’s Insight

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There’s nothing more important than the opinion of the masses when it comes to marketing or business positioning.

 

After all, without the approval and buy-in of the public, it would be hard to get any product or concept off the ground.

L-R: General Manager, Customer Experience, MTN Nigeria, Kolawole Oyeyemi; General Manager, Enterprise Marketing, MTN Nigeria, Onyinye Ikenna-Emeka and Customer Enablement, MTN Nigeria, Ladipo Nylander at the launch of MTN Smart Survey, an effective tool for customer insight which held on Monday, December 10, 2018

 

Market/consumer surveys provide detailed insights into competitors, and aid in understanding customers’ preferences & discomforts.

 

Consumer surveys are used in analysing latest market trends, consumer buying patterns, economic shifts, and demographics.

 

Useful as these surveys may be, many businesses are unable to obtain the insights they need from them for business decisions.

General Manager, Customer Experience, MTN Nigeria, Kolawole Oyeyemi taking guests through a presentation tagged ‘mobile survey as an effective tool for customer insight and optimal value propositioning’.

 

In response to this challenge, MTN Nigeria has just launched a business tool, MTN Smart Survey to enable smart business owners to leverage on market research in developing effective strategies for business growth.

 

MTN Smart Survey, which is offered in collaboration with Communication and Marketing Research Group Limited (CMRG), provides an electronic medium for conduct and administration of surveys specifically targeted to a group of MTN subscribers.

Guests at the launch

The service offers survey delivery through the USSD channel to subscribers that have been profiled based on specific attributes, such as age, gender, location, etc.

 

The launch of the new solution had in attendance dignitaries from various business sectors in Nigeria who had a firsthand experience of the platform and its functionalities.

Guests at the launch

 

The new business tool has also been designed to reward customers with N100 MTN airtime upon completion of questions administered through the survey.

 

MTN Nigeria continues to seek ways to contribute to the Nigerian economy by extending its partnership capabilities to brighten the lives of business owners within the country.

 

 

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Mobile Industry Can Generate $565Bn by Unlocking Right 5G Spectrum – GSMA

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Unlocking spectrum for the mobile industry to deliver innovative 5G services across different industry sectors could add $565 billion to global GDP and $152 billion in tax revenue from 2020 to 2034, according to a new report launched today by the GSMA.

 

Next-generation 5G services will improve access to healthcare, education and mobility whilst reducing pollution and increasing safety.

 

However, these outcomes rely on government support for the identification of sufficient millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum for the mobile industry at the next ITU World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19).

 

The report, “Socio-Economic Benefits of 5G Services Provided in mmWave Bands”, is the first to examine and quantify the impact of mmWave spectrum on the overall contribution of 5G networks to society. mmWave spectrum will carry the highest capacity 5G services.

 

It has the ideal characteristics to support very high data transfer rates and ultra-reliable, low latency capabilities, which will support new use cases and deliver the benefits of 5G to consumers and businesses around the world.

 

Brett Tarnutzer, Head of Spectrum, GSMA, said “The global mobile ecosystem knows how to make spectrum work to deliver a better future.

“Mobile operators have a history of maximising the impact of our spectrum resources and no one else has done more to transform spectrum allocations into services that are changing people’s lives.

 

“Planning spectrum is essential to enable the highest 5G performance and government backing for mmWave mobile spectrum at WRC-19 will unlock the greatest value from 5G deployments for their citizens.

 

“More than 5 billion people already rely on the mobile ecosystem to deliver services that are integral to their daily lives and fundamental to the economic sustainability of the communities they live in. 5G can offer more benefits and a whole new range of services to even more people, but this will not be possible without access to this vital spectrum.”

 

New Possibilities for Consumers and Industry

mmWave 5G will not only provide consumers with ultra-fast mobile broadband services including immersive entertainment, but will stimulate a host of applications that will enable citizens and businesses to do tomorrow what they can’t do today.

 

These innovations will include enhanced remote healthcare and education, industrial automation, virtual and augmented reality, and many others.

 

In healthcare, improved telemedicine including tactile internet capabilities, better preventative medicine using always-on remote sensors and wearables, and remote surgery and ‘smart’ instruments will only be made possible because of the speed and latency capabilities enabled by mmWave spectrum.

 

Next-generation robots, remote object manipulation (controlling machines with precision at distance), drones and other real-time control applications in digitised industrial centres are expected to increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve safety as well as lead to innovations in products and processes.

 

In autonomous transport, mmWave 5G will enable driverless vehicles to communicate with each other, the cloud and the physical environment continuously to create highly efficient public transport networks.

 

These and many other innovative use cases are expected to deliver 25 per cent of the overall value created by 5G in the future.

 

Global growth from mmWave

The early lead already being established in 5G in the Asia Pacific and Americas regions are expected to generate the greatest share of GDP attributed to mmWave 5G, at $212 billion and $190 billion respectively. Europe is forecast to have the highest percentage of GDP growth attributable to mmWave of any region, with 2.9 per cent.

 

However, the advantages are not restricted to early-adopting mobile markets and, as the rest of the world deploys 5G in subsequent years, economies of scale derived from spectrum harmonisation will stimulate even faster growth. Regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean could see growth in GDP contribution from mmWave 5G applications of over 65 per cent per year from 2026 until 2034.

 

“It is critical for governments to recognise the importance of the mmWave aspects of 5G when making decisions at the upcoming WRC-19.

 

“Making the right decisions now on spectrum will be vital to stimulating the rapid growth of economies, especially in developing markets, in the coming decade,” added the GSMA’s Brett Tarnutzer.

 

“mmWave spectrum has the capacity to support the innovative services expected from the highest performance of 5G, and only the mobile ecosystem has the technical expertise and track record in collaboration to deliver them at a price acceptable to consumers and businesses around the world.”

 

New mmWave bands for mobile are being discussed at WRC-19, and the GSMA recommends supporting the 26 GHz, 40 GHz and 66-71 GHz bands for mobile.

 

Global harmonisation of these bands at WRC-19 will create the greatest economies of scale and make broadband more affordable across the world.

 

Outside the WRC-19 process, 28 GHz is also emerging as an important mmWave band for realising the ultra-high-speed vision for 5G. Commercial services using this band have already been launched in the US and it will also be used for mmWave 5G in countries such as South Korea, Japan, India and Canada.

 

The report, “Socio-Economic Benefits of 5G Services Provided in mmWave Bands”, which includes details of 5G use cases, value and GDP contribution by sector and geography, can be found here.

 

The study was conducted by TMG, a consulting firm specialising in the information and communication technologies sector, on behalf of the GSMA.

 

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Google Brings Better, Faster Wi-Fi to Abuja

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L-R: MD/CEO BCN - Ibrahim Dikko Vice President Osinbajo, Chairman Wuse Traders Association -Raphael Okorie Ikechukwu at the unveiling of Google Station in Abuja on Thursday.

Google on Thursday unveiled Google Station in Abuja, a platform for providing free, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots in public

 

The Google Station was simultaneously launched at three different locations in Abuja which include Wuse Market, Enab Plaza and Banex Plaza.

 

In partnership with Backbone Connectivity Network, an integrated communications and data management company, this launch kick started the rollout that is expected across the northern part of Nigeria in the coming months.
Google Station is a simple set of tools to roll-out Wi-Fi hotspots, and aims to bring more people fast and reliable Wi-Fi in more places where they spend time, like bus stations, shopping malls, airports and public transit stations.

 

WiFi is available free of charge and partners leverage Google Station’s business model, which enables venues, system integrators, businesses and ISPs with access to fiber to setup, maintain and monetise their Wi-Fi networks.

 

According to the company,”Today, many venues with public Wi-Fi are required to stitch a custom solution together for each separate location. This makes public Wi-Fi networks hard to use: the log-in process is one-off and cumbersome, the connections are slow, and many networks can be less secure.

 

“Venues have trouble administering a large network, providing high quality service to users, and easily monetising its usage.

 

“To help solve this, Google Station offers a platform and works with ISPs, venues, and hardware partners, to reduce the cost of deployment, operations, and ongoing support.”

 

Speaking at the launch event, Saidu Abdullahi, Head Partnerships for Next Billion Users, said, “Google Station is part of our vision to provide fast and affordable Wi-Fi to our next billion users.

 

“Now, users in Abuja, will experience high-quality connections to Internet in airports, malls and universities.

 

“We want to expand to new high-traffic venues to help more people get online, and we’re looking for strategic and forward thinking partners to work with on this effort.”

 

Google announced in May that it aims to rollout 200 Google Station locations to millions of people in Nigeria.

 

Google Station launched at 11 high traffic venues in Lagos in July, and Abuja is the second city where it is being rolled out.

 

“Google is committed to Nigeria. Our commitment to provide free high speed Wifi to millions of Nigerians through Google Station is real, and we are happy to be bringing this service to people in Abuja,” Ehimuan-Chiazor said.

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