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HMD Global Unveils Nokia 8.1 in Nigeria



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HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has announced the Nokia 8.1, the newest addition to its value flagship range in Nigeria. As with other Nokia smartphones in the same category, including the award-winning Nokia 7 plus, the Nokia 8.1 punches above its weight with extraordinary imaging achieved by its highly sensitive, industry-leading camera sensor, ZEISS Optics and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).

Proprietary PureDisplay screen technology with HDR 10 support along with highly accurate colour reproduction delivers enhanced viewing experiences even in bright sunlight, while the chipset ensures smooth performance for up to two days per charge.

All of this comes in a contemporary package with the precise craftsmanship expected from a Nokia smartphone.Running the latest Android software, Android 9 Pie, the Nokia 8.1 delivers the best Android experience with thelatest innovations right out of the box.

Joseph Umunakwe, General Manager, West, East and Central Africa at HMD Global said “We’ve seen great success in the value flagship category with each of our smartphones in this class consistently introducing new premium experiences to our fans.

With the Nokia 8.1, we are further pushing the boundaries in this segment. We offer accelerated performance with a first-class processor architecture, dual cameras with an industry-leading sensor, OIS and ZEISS Optics for great low light imaging, and our new PureDisplay HDR screen technology.

“As well as delivering the meticulous craftsmanship and build quality of the renowned Nokia smartphone design, we have also brought the Android 9 Pie experience to our fans, so they can enjoy the latest Android innovationsincluding new Digital Wellbeing features. Our fans are at the heart of every design and engineering decision.  We want to give them premium experiences – we hope they agree that the Nokia 8.1 embodies engineering excellence at great value.”

The Nokia 8.1’s great low light imaging performance comes from a perfect blend of software and hardware. Its 12MP main camera with ZEISS Optics has an industry-leading 1/2.55” super sensitive sensor with large 1.4 micron pixels for precise light capture, delivering exceptionally detailed images.

With its combination of Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) technology and superfast autofocus, the Nokia 8.1 doesn’t let shaky hands stop you from capturing crisp images and videos. A wide aperture ensures you can capture sharp pictures even in low light conditions, allowing longer exposure times that can be manually controlled with the Pro Camera mode.

With smartphones rapidly becoming the default device for watching videos, you need a display tailored to the content you’re enjoying in the environment you’re in. The Nokia 8.1 is the second Nokia smartphone to come with PureDisplay screen technology for an enhanced viewing experience.

To watch all that vivid content on the go, you need exceptional battery life. The Nokia 8.1 lets you effortlesslyenjoy up to two days with one charge. Long-lasting power combined with the Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform means the Nokia 8.1 can get through any task without breaking a sweat, with 35% faster graphics and 20% higher performance than the previous generation, the Snapdragon 660.

Heralding a new era of precision craftsmanship and obsession with detail, the Nokia 8.1 has been designed with less than a hair’s width between materials, achieving the build quality and structural integrity expected from a Nokia smartphone, as well as making a true statement of clean, elegant European design.

The Nokia 8.1 is the first Nokia smartphone to launch with Android 9 Pie out of the box. It joins the comprehensive line-up of Nokia smartphones in the Android One family, which means it delivers the best versionof Android innovations and software experiences. Nokia smartphones with Android One offer great storage and battery life right out of the box and come with three years of monthly security patches and two major OS updates.

The Nokia 8.1 is available in the Nigerian market in Iron, Steel and Blue colour combination starting from 3rd January, 2018.

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NCC, FRC to Enforce Corporate Governance Compliance in Telecom Sector



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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRC) have agreed to enforce compliance by players in the Nigerian telecommunication sector to the national and sectoral corporate codes of governance in the country.


Speaking during a courtesy visit by the management and board of FRC to the commission in Abuja, Mr. Sunday Dare, executive commissioner, Stakeholder Management, NCC, who received the FRC team on behalf Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, executive vice chairman of the commission, said the commission was ready to provide full support and collaboration by working together to entrench the best corporate governance practices in all sectors of the Nigerian economy.


Mr. Dare said the NCC believed that sound corporate governance was a sine qua non for meaningful growth and economic development, particularly for an industry as dynamic and complicated as telecom, stressing that this was why the NCC issued the Code of Corporate Governance for the telecom industry in 2014 and made it mandatory for its larger licenses in 2016.


He noted that the FRC also launched the Nigerian Code of Corporate Governance in 2018 to achieve broadly the same objectives as the NCC Code on an economy-wide basis. The FRC Code, however, takes effect from January 2020.


Dare explained that while the two codes had the same primary objective of enhancing corporate performance through adherence to best practice principles, it was natural that there would be areas of divergence, which he said the commission and FRC could work harmoniously together to address for the overall benefit of the country.


“It is our understanding that the National Code will exist simultaneously with sectoral codes such as the NCC Code, which will now be described as ‘Guidelines’; where conflicts exist between the two codes, the stricter provisions will apply; and the National Code for FRC gives flexibility for sector regulators such as the NCC to adapt Governance Principles to suit the peculiar needs of the sector,” he said.


Dare further explained that regulatory certainty and predictability were very critical for the telecom industry and therefore required continuous and harmonious engagements between the two organisations to address grey areas.


He also informed the FRC delegation that since the compliance with the NCC Code became mandatory; the level of corporate governance compliance among affected telecom licensees had also increased.


In his comments, Mr. Daniel Asapokhai, FRC executive secretary and chief executive officer, who led his delegation to the commission, commended the NCC for its sectoral code initiative, stressing that increased engagement of the businesses and licensees affected by such co

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MTN’s Bayo Adekanmbi to Speak At NECLive 7



Mr Bayo Adekanmbi, Chief Transformation Officer, MTN Nigeria
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Mr Bayo Adekanmbi, Chief Transformation Officer, MTN Nigeria has been confirmed as one of the speakers for the 2019 edition of Nigerian Entertainment Conference, scheduled to hold on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Lagos.


The conference themed ‘Mobile, Data, Consumers and The Future Of Entertainment’ will take place at the Landmark Event Centre, Oniru Victoria Island from 9 am.


Mr Adekanmbi will be speaking on the topic ‘Understanding Data For The Purpose of Economic Freedom’.


He is a leading expert in Strategy, Marketing and Analytics who previously served as MTN Nigeria’s General Manager Business Intelligence and Chief Marketing/Strategy Officer.


The certified Kaggle Data scientist is a holder of the prestigious MTN Yello Star award for the conceptualisation of a Customer Value/Risk Management framework, which resulted in multi-billion naira revenue growth for the company.


MTN is Nigeria’s leading telecommunications company with over 58 million subscribers. With streaming platforms Music+ and Comedy+ amongst other products, MTN revolutionised content monetisation in Nigeria, a development which has continued to bring enormous benefits to creators in the entertainment industry.


Adekanmbi will be giving insight on how content creators can generate revenue by effectively exploiting the numbers and statistics tied to their careers.


After his speech, Mr Adekanmbi will be joined on stage by a seasoned panel made up of ID Africa CEO Femi Falodun, International DJ/Philanthropist DJ Cuppy, Veteran Award-winning Music Producer Nelson Brown and Olumide Osundolire who is a Partner at top Nigerian law firm Banwo & Ighodalo.


The panel will be moderated by award-winning Writer & Journalist, Joey Akan.


NECLive is organised by ID Africa, in partnership with Africa Creative Foundation, MultiChoice, Livespot, Huce Valeris, and BHM.



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BlackBerry to Shut Down BBM by May



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BlackBerry on Thursday announced that it will be shutting down its BBM consumer service on May 31, 2019.


“Today, we’re announcing that we will be closing BBM consumer service on 31 May 2019,” BBM said in a blog post on its website today.


The proprietary mobile instant messenger and video-telephony application said it is shutting down because “users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on.”


“Though we are sad to say goodbye, the time has come to sunset the BBM consumer service, and for us to move on,” it added.


It will be recalled that BlackBerry had in 2018 shut down the Blackberry Playbook Video service.


Daily Trust also recalled that BBM was very popular in the early 2000s. But the advent of WhatsApp and other instant messaging applications such as Telegram, WeChat and Facebook Messenger saw its popularity fades out.


Back in 2016, BlackBerry announced a new partnership with Indonesia-based Emtek to help expand the consumer BBM business.


As part of the partnership, Emtek expanded the capabilities of BBM for consumers with new features and enhancements while BlackBerry maintained control over their BBM Enterprise solution.


“Three years ago, we set out to reinvigorate BBM consumer service, one of the most loved instant messaging applications, as a cross-platform service where users can not only chat and share life experiences, but also consume content and use payment services,” BlackBerry said.


“We poured our hearts into making this a reality, and we are proud of what we have built to date.”


BlackBerry said users’ data such as photos, videos and files will be available for download before the app is shut down by the end of May.


“Once the BBM service is shut down, you will not be able to open BBM on your device to see any old or new messages, or retrieve asset files,” it stated

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