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Net Neutrality Tops DigitalSENSE Forum Agenda for 2015

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Omobola Olubusola Johnson,Minister of Communication Technology

The organisers of the Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) and Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable have unveiled the themes for the 2015 edition.

Mrs. Nkemdilim Nweke, executive director, Operations of the organizing firm, DigitalSENSE Africa Media, said the two-day event which has been scheduled to hold on Thursday, 4 and Friday 5, June 2015 comes with two distinct themes for each day.

According to her, the theme for day 1 of the event, which is Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) is ‘Net Neutrality & Nigerian Internet Users” while the day 2, is “Taking Advantage of Broadband for IPv6 Penetration.” 

She also revealed that Dr. (Mrs.) Omobola Johnson, minister of Communication Technology, is expected to declare the two-day event formally open.

Slated to hold at the Welcome Center Hotels, International Airport Road, Lagos, between June 4 and 4, 2015, Nweke said that notable industry experts have been lined up to present position papers at the event.

According to her, the 2015 DigitalSENSE Forum series has been strategically planned for Day-1 to focus on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D), whereas Day 2 would culminate in commemoration of the 2015 World IPv6 Day, which DigitalSENSE IPv6 celebration since 2011.

She urged interested companies and participants to reserve their exhibition space and seats by registration for the Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum 2015 at www.digitalsenseafrica.com.ng, even as corporate organisation still have chances of participating by contacting the firm directly.

Nweke recalled that last year, the Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) was chaired by Prof. Charles Uwadia, the former president, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and Head, Computer Science department, University of Lagos.

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Angry Nigerians Call Nigeria Air Ponzi Scheme like MMM

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Nigerians have reacted angrily to the suspension of Nigeria Air, the controversial national carrier project with some likening it to Ponzi schemes such as Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox (MMM).

 

MMM was as a Russian company that perpetrated one of the world’s largest Ponzi schemes of all time which crashed in Nigeria in December 2016; with millions of naira belonging to Nigerians.

 

Nigerians reacted to the suspension of the national carrier project, after Hadi Sirika, minister of State for Aviation, announced that “Today, the government at the FEC took decision to suspend the national carrier project till further notice.

 

“It has nothing to do with pressure from stakeholders and it also not for political reasons.

 

“The decision to come up with national carrier in the first place was as a result of the lack of capacity of the existing carrier to meet demands,” Sirika said.

 

Nigerians however have expressed their immense displeasure at the decision which has apparently reinforced anti-government sentiments and further reduced the popularity of President Buhari among the general public.

 

Most Nigerians compared the apparently hypothetic Nigeria Air to the Russian Ponzi Scheme MMM which fleeced millions of Nigerians of their hard gotten money.

Read some of the comments below;

@Fransilogu: There is no difference between Nigeria Air and MMM.

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@deji_atiba: Please where are all the people dusting their CVs for Nigeria Air, eez like they have started recruiting o#scam

@SKSolaKuti: Nigeria Air is dead on arrival as we predicted. FG has suspended the idea after spending money on a useless logo launch. It will eventually become impossible to defend Buhari/APC’s chronic incompetence. #RIPNigeriaAir

@Iam_Abdulaxis: MMM TSTV Nigeria Air 3 scams in one country?

@sharpval9: If you actually looked at this Nigeria air and the way it was handled and believed it will work, you are actually stupid

@iam_wilsons: NIGERIA AIR is suspended? Jesu! ����� May we never experience another Muhammadu Buhari and @APCNigeria government in Nigeria till rapture.

 

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Elumelu Foundation to Launch TEFConnect for African Entrepreneurs at TEF Forum 2018

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The Tony Elumelu Foundation, Africa’s leading entrepreneurship focused philanthropy, is launching the world’s largest digital platform for African entrepreneurs and the African entrepreneurship ecosystem –  TEFConnect.

 

TEFConnect will officially be unveiled at this year’s TEF Forum, taking place on October 25, 2018, at Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria.

 

Harnessing and building on the success of Africa’s largest entrepreneurship catalyst, the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, which has attracted over 300,000 African entrepreneurs as applicants and trained and funded 4,460 to date, the Foundation is further democratising access to opportunity.

 

TEFConnect is an open source platform, which will provide bespoke tools and content to catalyse business development for millions across the continent, through technology and directly applicable content.

 

Positioned as the “Facebook for African Entrepreneurs”, the TEFConnect platform is a contemporary, intuitive, informative and user-friendly go-to entrepreneurship space, that provides five specific benefits to its users, among others:

 

The one-stop digital home for entrepreneurship ecosystem players, including entrepreneurs, incubators, investors, academia and the private sector, providing news, informative resources, entrepreneurship events and opportunities.

 

Creating the space to allow African entrepreneurs to transact across countries and regions in Africa’s largest digital marketplace, with traffic reaching millions of consumers.

 

Access to free business tools such as financial planning calculators, business plan generators and marketing templates.

 

Access to the Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Programme Application Form, Enterprise Toolkit and business mentoring by global business leaders.

 

Enabling entrepreneurs to promote their businesses to potential investors and other entrepreneurs for cross-border collaboration.

 

 

 

Speaking on the launch of TEFConnect, Parminder Vir OBE, CEO of the Foundation, said: “The Tony Elumelu Foundation is simply about empowering African entrepreneurs. First, we launched the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, to provde 10,000 African entrepreneurs, over a period of 10 years with seed capital, mentorship and training. Next, we convened the full entrepreneurial ecosystem at the TEF Forum to forment engagement and deliberate discussions to change the narrative of Africa. Now, we are scaling our impact by connecting African entrepreneurship ecosystem on a single platform.”

 

Tony O. Elumelu, founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation,  also said: “In the four years, since the launch of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, we have shown that entrepreneurship can change a continent – we have invested in people and processes. We have already helped create business successes and brought policy makers into the entrepreneurial dynamic.  But in many ways, we are scratching the surface. This year we are broadening our scope, taking the conversation to where interaction is increasingly occurring – the digital realm. By connecting African entrepreneurs globally on TEFConnect, we are further unleashing the true potential of our entrepreneurs and transforming the continent”.

 

The 4th TEF Forum will convene Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, including the broad investor community, government and policymakers, leading developmental organisations, private sector representatives, the media and partners.

 

This year’s Forum will also feature an interactive dialogue between the President of Ghana, HE Nana Akufo-Addo and President of Kenya, HE Uhuru Kenyatta, moderated by TEF Founder, Tony Elumelu.

 

 

 

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WTL’s VoIP Switch Investment Pays Off in Nigeria

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World Telecom Labs (WTL) has announced that more than six billion calls lasting around ten billion (ten thousand million) minutes have now passed through its specialist VoIP switches deployed by five of Nigeria’s interconnect exchange carriers.

According to a statement issued by WTL, five carriers – Breeze Micro, Exchange, ICN, Niconnx and Solid – have built new VoIP networks across Nigeria with local switching enabled at new POPs in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and Kano.

WTL added that the carriers chose to build VoIP networks rather than legacy TDM as it was both quicker and cheaper – “and, with the use of WTL’s advanced compression techniques, more calls can be transmitted down the links.”

“The VoIP networks have significantly improved the quality of voice calls in Nigeria by increasing capacity and taking traffic of congested long-distance inter-city links,” read the statement by WTL.

Based on figures sourced from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), since the end of 2013, when the new carriers went live, there has been a 70% reduction in call failure, a 50% decrease in dropped calls, 30% reduction in traffic congestion, and a 60% reduction in signalling congestion.

Breeze Micro is headquartered in Kano and works with Nigeria’s operators to transport voice traffic across Northern Nigeria.

Jihad Jaafar, CTO of Breeze Micro, said “The interconnect exchange carriers were wise to choose VoIP and even wiser to choose WTL whose continued support has been instrumental in improving voice calls in Nigeria.”

WTL has been working with operators in Nigeria since 2010 helping them to maximise TDM voice capacity and then migrate to VoIP.

Leigh Smith, MD of WTL, said, “Many people have said that we accelerated the update of VoIP in Nigeria as we made it very easy for the new carriers to build, manage and expand their VoIP networks. Nigeria has provided the rest of Africa with a blueprint for how they can decrease congestion on traditional voice networks.”

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