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MTN Foundation, Oracle Partner to Boost ICT Skills in Nigeria

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MTN Foundation, the corporate social investment vehicle of leading ICT company in Nigeria, MTN, has joined Oracle, a company that engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in the data center, to give further ICT training to select MTNF scholars.

The collaboration will see two projects come to fruition:  a bursary funded by Oracle for one student to attend the CERN openlab Summer School in Switzerland, and plans to train up to 2,000 MTNF scholars in database design and SQL and Java programming skills.

“At MTN, we believe that education is pivotal to the growth of any nation, which is why we are delighted with this collaboration that will see Mufutau Akuruyejo, an MTN Foundation scholar, leave for Switzerland to participate in the nine-week CERN openlab programme. Akuruyejo will be the first Nigerian to participate in this intensive programme, which would not have been possible without Oracle’s support,” said Akinwale Goodluck, corporate service executive, MTN Nigeria.

CERN openlab is a unique public-private partnership between CERN and leading ICT companies.

Its mission is to accelerate the development of cutting-edge solutions to be used by the worldwide LHC (large hadron collider) community.

“Our highly competitive student programme is a cornerstone of CERN openlab, with the students bringing new ideas and invigorating our collaboration,” said Alberto Di Meglio, head of CERN openlab. “This year, we received over 1,500 applications from all over the globe and have selected students of the highest possible caliber. We’re very excited to be welcoming them to CERN very soon.”

The MTNF Science and Technology Scholarship Scheme has provided hundreds of brilliant but indigent students the opportunity to acquire qualitative tertiary education.

The programme is expected to encourage Nigerian students to take interest in science and technology-related courses for the ultimate benefit of the country.

The second initiative focuses on teaching database design and SQL and Java programming skills to MTN Foundation Scholars, using Oracle Academy curriculum and hosted on-line learning materials.

Students will be taught by two Oracle Academy trained faculty from the Ajayi Crowther University and Aived International who have attended and passed the formal Oracle Academy faculty training courses.

Commenting on the Oracle Academy programme, Goodluck said it would help to further boost the ICT skills in beneficiaries and avail them of valuable opportunities after completing the database design and SQL and Java programming courses.

“With the rapid adoption of technology in Nigeria, it is imperative that students are equipped with the right skills to take advantage of career and entrepreneurial opportunities,” said Adebayo Sanni, country managing director, Oracle Nigeria.

He said that they “support the country’s efforts to undertake a digital transformation to help secure its place as a leader in the global economy. We are delighted to offer Mufutau Akuruyejo the opportunity to attend CERN openlab’s unique summer programme for students. When public and private organizations collaborate, we have the opportunity to effect innovative change and create new opportunities”.

The MTNF Scholarship Scheme covers tuition, books and pocket allowance. It is renewable provided recipients maintain a minimum of 3.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in their course of study and an overall 2.5 CGPA.

In 2012, the scholarship was extended to visually impaired students in public tertiary schools across the country who meets the requirements.

“Corporate social responsibility is at the core of MTN’s organizational philosophy and in a few months, the Foundation will be celebrating giant strides it has made in the past decade. We are excited that our mission to improve the quality of life in communities all over the country has yielded great dividends as evidenced by the positive impact our initiatives have had in helping to reduce poverty as well as foster sustainable development in Nigeria,” Goodluck added.

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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

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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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