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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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Glo Gains 78% of New Data Subscription in GSM Sector in March – NCC Report



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Nigeria’s second largest telecommunications operator, Globacom, garnered 78 percent of new data subscriptions in the month of March, 2019. The operator gained nearly one million new subscribers in the month.

This was disclosed in the latest statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for the month of March 2019. According to the statistics, Globacom gained 950,115 new internet users, taking its total internet subscriptions to 28,436,386 from 27,486,271 recorded in February, 2019.

Two other operators, MTN and Airtel, also featured marginally on the gainers’ list in March. Airtel added 351,657 new internet users, while MTN added 13,552 subscribers. 9mobile, on its part, lost 166,542 users in the month under review.

Overall internet users in Nigeria increased to 115,938,225 in March from 114,725,357 recorded in February, according to the NCC statistics. This indicates an increase of 1,212,868 new subscribers in one month.

Globacom has been on ascendancy in terms of acquisition of new internet subscribers in the last one year ostensibly due to the consistent improvement in the operator’s data services.

The company has the widest 4G LTE coverage in the country, and the technology ensures more reliable and faster internet usage experience. Globacom also has the most attractive data plans in the market, with packages that appeal to both high and low data users.

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Streaming Global, DataGo Solutions Ink Deal to Accelerate OTT/VOD Streaming Market in Africa



L-R: Gbenga George, Co-founder, DataGo Solutions and Richard Oesterreicher, CEO, Streaming Global, exchanging handshake after the signing ceremony
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Marking its first step towards an international market, Streaming Global has joined forces with DataGo Solutions as its first exclusive reseller for an overseas territory.


The deal covers the entire continent of Africa where, according to the forecast performed by Digital TV Research, the OTT market value will exceed $1 Billion by 2024.


This partnership drives Streaming Global’s continued mission to enable the reliable, scalable, and cost-effective delivery of live, OTT, and VOD video streaming services over the Internet.


Richard Oesterreicher, CEO, Streaming Global, said “We are overjoyed to have DataGo Solutions as Streaming Global’s exclusive reseller for this emerging market.


“The growing infrastructure there fits well with Streaming Global’s reliable and simple streaming delivery pipeline.”


DataGo Solutions founders, Gbenga George and Nicholas Horton, have extensive backgrounds and knowledge in the emerging African OTT/VOD market.


Horton is a technology leader with over 14 years of industry experience, driving business growth and market penetration both in the US and abroad.


George is a technology investor and lawyer with over 18 years of industry experience in various disciplines including intellectual property, contract negotiation, and market adoption.


“We view this technology as a true innovation in OTT/VOD and live streaming content that will become the new standard for the next decade.


“We couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to take this technology to market for the continent of Africa and redefine the streaming industry,” said George.

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Arik Air takes deliver of another aircraft from maintenance



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Arik Air, Nigeria’s leading airline on Thursday welcomed another aircraft fresh from maintenance overseas.

The arrival of the aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) is coming eight days after a Boeing 737-700NG returned to service from C-check on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.


The Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft is a stretched version of the 737-700 aircraft.


Captain Roy Ilegbodu, Chief Executive Officer, Arik Air, reiterated the airline’s mission which is “To become a dominant air-services brand, globally admired for its world-leading operating, safety and service delivery standards, as well as its role in promoting Nigeria’s reputation at home and abroad”.


Captain Ilegbodu once again thanked customers for their loyalty and trust in Arik Air.


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