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NCC, N/Assembly to Criminalise Sale of Pre-Registered Sim Cards



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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is working with the National Assembly to criminalise mobile phones sim card infractions, according to Mr Efosa Idehen, director, Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement of NCC,


Idehen, at the regional sensitisation workshop with stakeholders in Enugu, said, it was the responsibility of NCC to ensure that Nigerians were safe using mobile phones.


The workshop was organised to address the dangers of dealing on fraudulently-activated sim cards.


Idehen said that it was sad that fraudulently-registered sim cards were still sold in the market in spite of efforts by the regulatory agency to the contrary.


The director said that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and their agents must adhere to the laws that prohibit the release of fully-activated sim cards into the market.


He described the release of pre-registered sim cards to the market place as a national sabotage which is capable of eroding national security.


Idehen named the dangers of selling pre-registered sim cards to include aiding kidnapping, robbery, financial crimes and others.


“For eight years now we have done so many things to curb the sales of pre-registered sim cards but not getting the desired results.


“We are, therefore, working on a legal framework to criminalise the release of fraudulently-activated sim cards to the market,’’ he said.


Idehen said that it had become imperative to check or remove the menace posed by itinerant registration agents and to ensure that sim card registrations were carried out in controlled environments.


He said that the NCC introduced sim card registration for national security and not for the MNOs to know their customers.


He urged MNOs to be circumspect in their businesses, saying that any infraction would cause the arrest and prosecution of all actors along the sim card registration value-chain.


“We started sim card registration because of our national security and not for the MNOs to know their customers,” he said.


He said that the NCC was also working with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to determine the role it would play in the registration process.


Idehen said that it was unlawful for any single individual to register more than five sim cards in his or her name.


Earlier in an address of welcome, Mr Sunday Dare, executive commissioner, Stakeholder Management of the commission, said that the NCC was building telecom subscribers’ database.


Dare said that the move was for easy identification of users and for easy detection of crimes committed through the use of mobile phones.


“Throughout the world, connectivity is creating huge opportunities for citizens. It is making us more productive and social interactions more effective and life easier.


“Unfortunately, some unscrupulous people are abusing connectivity to make life difficult for others. Hence, the need to carry out basic Know-Your-Customer (KYC) processes on our users.


“This is why most governments now mandate one form of subscriber registration or the other,’’ he said.


He said that the journey had not been smooth as they were still security reports of the existence of pre-registered sim cards.


Dare said that the workshop was aimed at discussing and resolving the challenges leading to non-compliance with the NCC directive.



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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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