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Telcos Invest in VRAR to Tap Revenue Streams beyond 5G- GlobalData

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Telcos are becoming interested in the potential revenue streams related to virtual and augmented reality (VRAR), since it is not only a vehicle for 5G monetization, but can also bring growth opportunities in connectivity, content innovation and service platforms, says leading data and analytics company GlobalData.

 

The company’s report, ‘Telcos and Virtual and Augmented Reality (VRAR): Opportunities, Challenges and Winning Strategies’ states that despite robust momentum on the supply side, the VRAR market is still nascent, with the penetration of VRAR headsets very low relative to other computing devices.

 

Ozgur Aytar, Director of Research at GlobalData, said: “Telcos have a key role in enabling VRAR services as providers of broadband and mobile network services, but we see them beginning to explore revenue opportunities in VRAR that are beyond 5G data and connectivity, with some leading players entering key segments of the VRAR supply chain in the past two years.”

 

“Take Verizon, for example, that has made acquisitions in VRAR content platforms, while SK Telecom is building its own, or, AT&T that is investing to develop compelling VR experiences and AR apps and Orange is taking steps to increase its participation across the board in devices, platforms, services and original content.”

 

The rising demand for VRAR experiences will undoubtedly place formidable pressure on telecom networks however.

 

While smartphone augmented reality (AR) apps such as Pokémon Go can be handled by the existing mobile broadband infrastructure, immersive experiences demand much more bandwidth capacity.

 

Interviews with industry players showed a wide range of expectations on VRAR’s impact on telco network traffic, with nearly half expecting a traffic increase by more than 40% by 2025.  This is driving telcos to brace for the impact with aggressive network upgrades and 5G rollout initiatives.

 

Aytar concluded: “VRAR represents an opportunity for telcos to increase their digital services imprint and explore new revenue streams, but success in VRAR will require a long-term vision. Telcos interested in gaining ground in the space must be prepared to demonstrate their network readiness in order to satisfy the bandwidth demands of VRAR experiences, and meet the speed and latency requirements.”

 

“Additionally, cross-industry partnerships will be key to driving user volume and content creation in the VRAR space, and telcos should work with partners in delivering high-quality VRAR experiences, content and tools.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NCC to Sanction Illegal Auto Tracking Solutions Providers

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned against illegal operation by automated vehicular tracking (AVT) operators, saying it would invoke sanctions against anyone operating without licenses.

Emilia Nwokoro, Enugu Zonal Controller of the Commission, disclosed that it was illegal for people to operate vehicular tracking services without registering with the commission, stressing that registration would help regulate their services.

Speaking during the unsealing of the D-Tech Multi Services, she stated that the commission’s enforcement procedures empowered it to seal off AVT services operating without license, explaining that D-Tech Multi Services was sealed off on October 31, last, following the refusal of its managers to regularize their operations with the commission.

She explained that the aim of registering the operators was to enhance security of services and ensure that vehicle owners deal with genuine auto- trackers in the state and called on members of the public to furnish her office with information concerning illegal operators in the state.

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Africa Code Week frenzy hits Nigerian teachers, youths

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Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Cecelia Ezeilo with teachers at the ACW teacher training in Enugu, recently.

Africa Code Week (ACW), a continent wide initiative of SAP, supported by partners such as Google, UNESCO, BMZ, Camden Trust, Cape Town Science Centre is set to run for 2 weeks from today the 15th to 26th October, in schools, communities and ICT centres across Nigeria.

 

It’s envisaged that hundreds of thousands of students will be trained on coding language during the 2-week period.

 

Training will be carried out in many States across the country as many teachers have been ramped up through a series of TTTs carried out by SAP and some of the ACW Network Partner Organizations (NPO).

 

Notably, in Edo and Enugu states where TTTs recently took place in August and September respectively, the events were organized by SAP and coordinated by ACW NPO Coderina.

 

The governments of these states have already thrown their full weight behind the program with a common goal of ensuring that all students in post primary education are introduced to coding during these 2 weeks.

The training session for teachers

 

They believe that success will be achieved through a combination of plans put in place by the government to leverage the newly acquired knowledge of the teachers and support from NPOs.

 

In Edo State, for instance, the government working through the Chairman of Edo State Post Primary Education Board (PPEB) Mr. Gabriel Oiboh and the Director of ICT agency Ms. Yuwa Napps,  have set aside 38 ICT centers in schools across the state to cater for students in schools where there’s lack of or shortage of computers.

 

The government ICT center with over 300 computers will also be used to train students in batches, with students transported to the center by government vehicles.

 

The approach is also similar in Enugu State where a team led by the SSA to the Governor on Development Aid, Dr. Kingsley Udeh and his ream, acting under the instructions of the Executive Governor, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, plan to reach every student in post primary education and ensure that no child is left behind.

 

The Governor in his address delivered on his behalf by the State’s Deputy Governor, Mrs. Cecelia Ezeilo at the ACW teacher training in Enugu, stated that youths are the engine of economic growth in the State hence digital literacy powers this engine.

 

“That is why my Administration has sought and attracted to the State this largest digital literacy initiative ever organized on the African continent”.

Some of the teachers who participated in the training

 

“Enugu State Government is committed to working with stakeholders towards achieving sustainable and inclusive economic growth through digital literacy.

 

“This software coding training therefore comes as a welcome complement to the various ICT development initiates of the State Government.

 

“We will want to work with SAP and partners to infuse software coding into our school curriculum, in line with our ICT policy”, the State Government said.

 

According to the National Ambassador of Africa Code Week Olajide Ademola Ajayi at the TTT in Enugu, “It is highly anticipated that government interest in the program will help move the needle on Nigeria’s Digital Literacy drive.”

 

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MTN Shines, Bags Five Awards at NTITA 2018

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Tobe Okigbo, Corporate Relations Executive, MTN Nigeria, cluching the Awards

MTN Nigeria over the weekend emerged the biggest winner of the night at the 2nd edition of the Nigeria Tech Innovation & Telecom Awards (NTITA), 2018, held by the Instinct Wave and Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) at the Oriental Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos.

 

The ICT Company carted five (5) awards – Telecom Company of the year, Social Impact Award, Digital Transformation Award, Customer Experience Award and Telcom CEO of the year awards.

 

Tobechukwu Okigbo, Corporate Relations Executive, MTN Nigeria, who was one of the executives present for the company, received the awards and expressed the organization’s gratitude to the organizers and the independent judges.

 

“We are honored to not only receive these but to have been considered nominees in such lofty categories.

 

“MTN Nigeria has always and will continue to strive for excellence in all frontiers.

 

“Recognition for the work that thousands of us come together for every day is incentive to do more, create more and be more,” he stated.

 

Akin Naphtal, Group Chief Executive Officer, Instinct Wave, explained that the prestigious award has quickly become the benchmark for outstanding performance and a symbol of excellence in leadership in the highly competitive technology industry.

 

The award which is in its 2nd edition, has judges formed from an independent panel of industry experts recognizes organizational performances products and services, innovations, executives.

 

 

 

 

 

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