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9mobile engineering programme produces 31 masters, 3 PhD Students



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9mobile has said that it’s  Telecommunications Engineering Postgraduate Programme (9TEPP), established at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, had  produced 31 masters and three PhD students.

Stephane Beuvelet, Acting Managing Director of 9mobile stated this while hosting the Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Prof.Ibrahim Garba and a team from the institution during a visit to 9mobile corporate headquarters in Lagos.

He noted that the team came to discuss further collaboration with the telco on taking the 9mobile Telecommunications Engineering Postgraduate Programme (9TEPP) to the next level

Beuvelet said the company was ready to commit itself to promoting quality graduate education in Nigeria, hence it would continue to partner with reputable organisations on trail-blazing and impactful academic programmes.

“9TEPP, a taught master’s programme situated in Ahmadu Bello University is implemented in partnership with Plymouth University, UK.

“Through it, 9mobile is innovatively developing local expertise with regards to telecommunications engineering skills”, he said in a statement.

Beuvelet also said that he was always impressed by the quality of Ahmadu Bello University students he came across and that 9mobile was happy with the partnership.

Acting MD noted that the telecommunications industry needed specialists and that 9mobile was happy to be involved in the process of developing the required capacity and technical know-how to bridge the skills gap currently existing in the country.

“Telecommunications is a fast-moving industry that needs specialists, and we are happy to be bringing Nigerian students to the highest levels possible where they can further contribute to its development,” Beuvelet said.

He added that as an innovative brand, 9mobile was not resting on its oars, hence the telco is looking into big data, Internet of Things, blockchain, cloud technology and VOIP apart from cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence.

According to the statement, Prof. Garba commended 9mobile for supporting the 9TEPP academic programme which he described as “an important field of human endeavour.”

While giving the progress report, he disclosed that 31 master’s students have completed their study so far while 3 PhD holders have been produced.

“This is a large resource; a lot of value for the industry,” Professor Garba said.

Dr Aliyu Usman,  Head, Department of Communications Engineering, ABU who gave further updates, said that the programme’s curriculum was  regularly reviewed and that an incubation centre, where the products from the course were being fine-tuned before taken to the market, had been created.

It would be recalled that 9TEPP commenced in 2013 with the initial five-year period ending in 2018 after which it was extended for a further period.

Discussions are ongoing between 9mobile and ABU for its sustenance and scaling up to have more impact on the Nigerian populace.

Plans are underway to set up an online extension of the master’s programme to enable more postgraduate students benefit from the initiative.

Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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MTN Bars Staff from HQ over Threats by NANS to Disrupt Operations



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Management of MTN Nigeria has directed staffs to stay away from its headquarters in Lagos today in case the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and some other youth-based groups make good their threats to picket the telecom giant over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.


MTN Nigeria is a subsidiary of MTN Group South Africa, which came under threat along with other companies with South African connections over the continuous attacks and killings of Nigerians in South Africa.


According to TheCable, MTN Nigeria received a letter from NANS and other of the planned picketing.


“Right now, I am talking to you from my house. They told us to stay at home because they are scared that the picketing might turn violent.


“The last time that the NLC guys came, some staff sustained injuries and they want to avoid that at the moment.


“We might still go but they want to monitor the situation first.”


TheCable understands that the associations are displeased with the killings of Nigerians in South Africa, thus they made plans to protest at South African businesses.


There have been recorded cases of Nigerians losing their lives in xenophobic attacks in South Africa.


The latest record of a Nigerian who lost their life in South Africa is Elizabeth Ndubisi-Chukwu, deputy director-general of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), who was killed in her hotel room.


At 12pm, the company dispatched buses to pick up staff so normal activities could resume.

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GSMA Signs £38M Funding Partnership with DFID



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The GSMA has announced that it has signed a thirty-eight million-pound partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

The ‘Partnership for Inclusion, Innovation and Scale’ will provide funding for the GSMA’s Mobile for Development work on digital inclusion, digital identity, energy, water, sanitation and the reduction of the mobile gender gap. It will also include two new areas of focus: disability and climate.

“This landmark partnership with DFID reinforces the joint power and potential of the private and public sectors working together and ensures that we will continue our crucial role of stimulating digital innovation to deliver both sustainable business and large-scale socio-economic impact for the underserved,” said Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA.

“This project reinforces our commitment to supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and using the power of technology to reduce global inequalities.”

The partnership will unearth critical insights on the needs of the underserved and identify and invest in mobile-enabled innovations and business models which can drive inclusion at scale. New technologies and business models, such as mobile money and pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar energy, have been crucial to delivering socio-economic impact to the underserved.

DFID, one of the world’s first donors to embrace digital technologies, has been at the forefront of these innovations.

The GSMA’s Mobile for Development programme is experienced in bringing digital innovations to scale, by engaging the private sector, especially mobile operators and digital innovators.

The new partnership builds on the GSMA’s long-standing relationship with DFID. Since 2013, over 20 million lives across 39 countries have been impacted, of which over 70% have been women. The link-up has already impacted all 17 SDGs, in particular SDG 5 which focuses on Gender Equality, SDG 10 which focuses on Reduced Inequalities and SDG 7 which looks at Affordable and Clean Energy.

The GSMA’s Mobile for Development programme was established to drive innovation in digital technology to reduce inequalities in the world. In particular, the programme aims to deliver sustainable business and large-scale socio-economic impact for the underserved.

The programme sits at the intersection of the mobile ecosystem and the development sector and provides unique research and insights, and in-market expertise that unites the mobile industry, tech innovators, governments and the development community.

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Yolanda Cuba joins MTN as Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer



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MTN Group has announced appointment of Yolanda Cuba as Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer.


Yolanda will join the MTN Group Executive Committee reporting to the Group CEO Rob Shuter.


In this role Yolanda will lead the Group’s strategic expansion of its financial services and digital solutions efforts and transformation into a digital operator.


Yolanda brings extensive telecommunications and leadership experience to MTN Group.


She joins MTN Group from Vodacom, where she served as Chief Officer of Strategy and M&A.


She was previously the CEO of Vodafone Ghana for a three-year period, a role that saw her named Telecom CEO of the Year in 2018.


“This role gives me the opportunity to drive digital innovation and financial inclusion across the Group’s vast footprint.


“I’m really looking forward to the new challenge and being part of the MTN leadership team”, said Yolanda.


Rob Shuter said, “We are very pleased to bring an executive of Yolanda’s calibre into MTN Group.


“Yolanda is a highly qualified and experienced executive, with a unique combination of operational telecommunications experience as well as finance, financial services and digital skills.


“I am confident that Yolanda’s leadership will place us in good stead as we intensify our efforts to build a digital ecosystem and scale our fintech offering across our markets”.


Under Yolanda’s leadership, MTN will continue to progressively grow the fintech and digital opportunities in Africa as we see these areas as major drivers of our BRIGHT growth strategy. Yolanda’s start date will be communicated in due course.



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