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Nairtime Unwraps e-Recharge Solution for Telecoms Subscribers

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Nairtime Limited , electronic transaction processing firm,  has developed an electronic airtime recharge system for subscribers of telecoms operators in Nigerian market.

The solution will also allow companies, agents, distributors and vendors to top up airtime accounts of their various members of staff or customers with any payment denomination on any of  Nigerian giant telecoms companies ranging from Glo, Airtel, Etisalat and MTN.

Mr. Haidar Said, managing director, Nairtime Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Channel IT Group, said that the service could work on both prepaid and post-paid accounts, for benefit of customers who might have been on any one of this platform would be easily recharge electronically in any part in Nigeria.

“The technology is instant and hassle-free, and the customer or company will get a discount on any amount using the system, which power through www.nairtime.com,” he said.

He said Nairtime would set up a multi-level retail channel, comprising of distributors and agents, to enable consumers to recharge airtime (pin and pin-less top up).

To ensure rapid market penetration and coverage, said agents would be equipped with free transaction terminals such as mobile phones, mobile Point of Sale terminals, desktop PoS terminals and netbooks.

“Consumers do not require bank accounts, debit cards or credit cards. Upon cash payment to the agent, they can purchase the services or create a mobile wallet from which they will be able to carry out such transactions. Banking services are, therefore, brought to the unbanked,” he said.

According to him, free POS terminal to small and medium resellers or corporate clients, which is GPRS based for on field operations for free of charge while Internet access is not important for the operation delivery.

Said, maintained that it firm service is also beneficial to agents and vendors, since a single wallet manages all services thereby reducing working capital and enhances cash flow. He said, it makes business more organized and add more value .

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ALTON Cries Out as NCAA Threatens to Demolish 7,000 Masts

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Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has threatened to pull down over 7,000 telecoms masts and towers across the country over Aviation Height Clearance (AHC).

 

Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), has however warned that NCAA will be putting national security under threat should it go ahead with its threat.

 

But Sam Adurogboye, NCAA spokesman, said, that NCAA has given the operators a 30-day ultimatum to get the clearance for their masts.

 

He said the aviation industry regulator was compelled to recourse to this line of action because the telcos failed to obtain the statutory AHC without which the masts and towers constitute danger to safety of air navigation.

 

Adurogboye said under the Civil Aviation Act, 2006, Section 30(3)(1), the NCAA is empowered to prohibit and regulate the installation of any structure which by virtue of its height or position is considered to endanger the safety of air navigation.

 

He said:” Furthermore, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) Part 12.1.7.1.3.1 stipulates that No person or organisation shall put up a structure (permanent or temporary) within the navigable airspace of Nigeria unless such a person or organisation is a holder of Aviation Height Clearance Certificate granted under this Regulation.”

Consequent upon this provision, the Regulatory Authority requires an Aviation Height Clearance (AHC) approval for every tower installation irrespective of the height and location.”

 

Contrary to the regulations, he said promoters of telecoms and other defaulters have failed to obtain the mandatory AHC which is a violation of safety regulations.

 

He said several letters and entreaties sent to the telcos were not responded to despite that they were received by the relevant executives and duly acknowledged.

 

He said: ”In addition, Letters of Investigation (LoI) were written and delivered to them with no response recorded till date.”

 

He said in a meeting with the Director-General, early this year, the ALTON members were advised by the DG to ensure they obtain AHC.

 

ALTON in its reaction, accused NCAA of acting against the spirit of the understanding reached at the meeting.

 

Gbenga Adebayo, chairman, ALTON, said the meeting became controversial as it did not agree on the demand for yearly renewal of AHC because the height does not increase.

 

He said an agreement was however reached that an industry working group be set up comprising the telcos and infrastructure providers, adding that while ALTON’s members list was submitted to NCAA, the aviation regulator never did.

 

Adebayo wondered if the NCAA has also been given revenue target by the Federal Government to meet, arguing that its action was not driven by safety but by desire to boost revenue generation.

 

Adurogboye said at the meeting, representatives  of the companies were present and were asked questions concerning their  refusal to obtain Aviation Height Clearance Certificate.

 

He said: “In response, the delegates demanded to be furnished with the location of the masts. A booklet containing the coordinates and location of the masts has since been made available to the organisation.

 

“As a result of the meeting, other telecoms providers have implicitly demonstrated considerably compliance by duly obtaining the requisite height clearance from the Authority except for these few defaulters.”

 

 

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NCC to Drag SIM Registration Offenders to Court

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says that it will henceforth prosecute those involved in fraudulent registration of SIM card.

 

The commission said it would no longer be business as usual, threatening that anyone caught would be made liable to face 25 years imprisonment as prescribed by the law.

 

Mr Sunday Dare, Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, NCC made this known at the South-South Regional Sensitisation Workshop on the dangers of fraudulently-activated SIM cards in Port Harcourt, Rivers.

 

According to a statement in Abuja, Dare was represented at the forum by Mr Efosa Idehen, NCC Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement said past efforts to educate and sanction fraudulent SIM card registraion operators had failed to yield results, hence the legal perspective.

 

Dare added that years of continuous fight against the fraudulent operators started in 2012.

 

He disclosed that “Since the SIM registration exercise started in 2011, a total of 151,449,837 registration data of subscribers have been processed, with only 55,749,652 records valid, making 63.2 per cent of the total records invalid based on invalid face capturing and fingerprints,” underscoring the importance of proper SIM registration.

 

According to him, if an agent engages in pre-registered SIM cards and is arrested, the culpability in such a case will extend to other players in the SIM registration value chain including the super agents.

 

“The Heads of Marketing of Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and possibly the Chief Executives of licensees, who illegally benefit from such illegal SIM registration activities to meet their marketing targets,’’ he said.

 

He insisted that the right thing must be done by the registration agents and their MNOs to curb the dangers posed by the menace.

 

“Without appreciable compliance by the MNOs and their different layers of registration agents across the country, thereby constituting threats to national security and jeopardising national interest.

 

He said aside several sanctions provided in the Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations 2011 for improperly-registered SIM cards, others included imposition of N1 million on person found to be dealing with subscriber information.

 

“The NCC will begin to plead national security and national interests against anybody found culpable of fraudulently-registered SIM cards in the telecom industry,” he said.

 

In his own personal remark, Idehen made a separate in-depth presentation on dangers of dealing in pre-registered SIM cards and took the participants through the various regulatory interventions already implemented.

 

He took the participants on other ongoing initiatives aimed at enforcing broad-range compliance with SIM registration rules in the last eight years.

 

“Unfortunately, despite the level of stakeholder engagements, sanctions so far imposed, arrests made and prosecutions secured through working with law enforcement agencies, among others.

 

“The level of compliance with the SIM registrations rules by the various players across the SIM registration value chain remains unsatisfactory,” he said.

 

He said this had necessitated the need for the sensitisation workshop to educate all players in the SIM registration value chain on the dangers posed by fraudulently-registered SIM cards to the country’s national security.

 

“It is no longer going to be business as usual for all players in the SIM registration value chain. We will no longer allow some deviants to jeopardise our national interest and national security.

 

“Today, cases of fraudulently-registered SIM cards have been aiding and abating robbery cases, kidnappings, financial frauds and all manners of criminalities.

 

“Where the anonymity of the registered subscribers makes criminal investigation difficult for the law enforcement agencies.

 

“That is why we will now be pleading breach of national interest in the prosecution of arrested perpetrators of pre-registered SIM cards,” he said.

 

He said that aside other requirements, the only four identity cards that should be accepted by SIM registration agents are the national identity cards, the voters card, driver’s licence and the international passport.

 

He also cautioned the agents that fingerprint capturing of the subscribers must be done properly.

 

“Agents must ensure that clear pictures of the subscribers are properly captured, finger prints well taken and only four ID cards are recognised for now any of which must be presented and confirmed by the registration agents before registration.

 

He stressed that MNOs and their agents should accept the mantra: “No valid identity card, no SIM registration.”

 

Idehen added that NCC had been working with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in the area of ensuring that data collected from the mobile subscribers are in line with the national specifications.

 

 

 

 

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Glo Surprises Subscribers with Free Tickets to Premium Comedy Show

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High Networth customers of Nigeria’s foremost telecommunications company, Globacom, in Warri, were on Thursday surprised with free tickets to the comedy show of one of the country’s foremost stand-up comedians, Bovi Ugboma.

Bovi Man on Fire, as the show was tagged, was organised by Messer Brownhill Event Limited, and had Globacom as the Exclusive Telco Sponsor.

The highly sought after show drew participation from revered personalities of Warri origins, including the Prime Minister of Warri Kingdom, High Chief Ayiri Emami, the president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Pinick, Globacom’s number one trade partner in the Mid-West Region, Mr. Hanson Okuoimase and his wife, Mrs. Hope Hanson.

Globacom’s customers were given royal treatment at the event as they were given vantage positions and waited upon hand and foot by specialised hosts and hostesses.

One of Globacom’s premium customers who received the royal treatment, Engineer Philip Oghenetega, lauded Globacom for ushering him into the Easter mood in a grand style.

“Beyond the laughter here and the fun, I think, we should personally acknowledge Globacom for its efforts at always going out of its ways to delight its customers and make them always number one in everything. I have been to shows and I can appreciate the value of the free ticket Globacom gave to me to be part of this Bovi Man on Fire show, the first in Warri”, Oghenetega said.

Another beneficiary of the VIP treatment, Mr. Stanley Omatseyione, said one of the reasons he loved Globacom was because the company always had the interest of its customers and business partners at heart.

‘I had planned to come for the show on my own and I was greatly relieved when Globacom sent the free ticket to me. This is very encouraging and it gladdens one’s heart to note that a company as big as Globacom recognises one’s modest contribution to its growth”, he said.

The Managing Director of Bobsky BB Integrated Resources, Mr. Bomlegaha Diyerin, another beneficiary, expressed his gratitude to Globacom for the free VIP tickets. ‘Globacom cares about its customers and we are not surprised that the company keeps waxing stronger everyday”, he said.

Other subscribers who attended the show free of charge, courtesy of Globacom, included Engineers Onos Okhabhau and Andre Fomius of Nest Oil, Tare Fufeyin and Dikesi Blessing of Christ Mercy Land and Samson Efenudu of Dewayles Oil Limited, among numerous others.

The evening of fun and laughter featured Kelvin Sapp, Young Chief Odogwu, MC Shakara and Mr. Flexy apart from the main act, Bovi, whose over one-hour performance capped the night.

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