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Teleology Partners Safaricom, Unveils 10-Point Agenda for 9mobile

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Teleology Holdings, the preferred bidder for the deal, has reeled out its 10-point agenda for 9mobile.

 

This is coming some 24 hours after meeting Thursday’s deadline set by the financial adviser handling the sale of 9mobile for the payment of the $50 million non-refundable cash deposit for the Nigeria’s fourth largest telecoms operator.

 

According to Teleology, it plans to implement the agenda by the time it takes full ownership, after it must have completed payment of the balance of $500 million bid price for 9mobile, which it has been given another 90 days to meet.

 

Having partnered Safaricom, the biggest telecoms operator in East Africa to transform 9mobile, Teleology said the emerging telecoms company would be engineering-led, to enable it compete favourably with existing telecoms companies in Nigeria, that must have gained more market shares during the 9mobile financial crisis.

 

Teleology, in a statement detailed an ambitious plan of action that will guide its rapid overhaul not only of the network but all aspects of the operations.

 

According to Mr. Adrian Wood, its director “9mobile is transiting into a new phase that will be defined by optimal value delivery: value to our employees, value to our customers, value to local communities and indeed to all stakeholders.”

 

He added that the new organisation to emerge would be “engineering led and brand driven, ” adding that in delivering service, “we will strive to ensure that 9mobile operations deliver fulfillment to our customers, empowerment to local communities, protection to the vulnerable, and excellent rewards not only to our shareholders but to all stakeholders.”

 

Wood added that Teleology has set out a 10-point plan that aggregates its mission and how it intends to turn the 9mobile organisation around.

 

Part of the plan is to double the 9mobile network with new 3G/4G specific cell sites as well as a several thousands of kilometers of fiber optic cable across the country. It will drive a special program of rural internet coverage, focusing on 4G with broadband access planned for all of Nigeria’s 774 Local government areas.

 

Youth engagement and employment programs are also planned with all build contractors, distributors and consultants, he said, while investment in broadband internet access technologies which are completely new to Nigeria, are also planned. Wood said the 9mobile network would be optimised for high speed and high capacity data including imaging, video, games, music, IPTV and more.

 

“Any three-point plan or three-dimension idea is naïve and completely missing the scope and complexity of the urgent Nigerian need to be brought into the 21st century broadband era,” Wood said in the statement.

 

Teleology, he added, envisages an increase of 50 per cent in direct employment in the new 9mobile. There is also an active plan to introduce within the first year, several million 4G-capable premium quality smartphones, at exceedingly affordable pricing.

 

“Nigerians should look forward to a new regime of intensely exciting and innovative brand loyalty rewards programs, from the new 9mobile,” he said.

 

He disclosed that Teleology had entered into an alliance with Safaricom, the largest network operator in East Africa.

 

Safaricom is famous for its global “mpesa” mobile financial services system, which advances financial inclusion and supports the network with the highest operating efficiencies in Africa.

 

Coming at a period when competition in the Nigerian telecom industry has for some years been limited to price wars between the various GSM companies, clearly, Teleology’s coming will very likely herald a new era of intense competition and quest for market share among Nigeria’s telecom operators.

 

Teleology is promoted by a group of 12 telecom industry veterans with considerable experience not only in Nigeria and Africa but in the global telecom space as well. The executive management for instance, boasts more than 337 years of collective frontline operational management experience, Wood said.

 

He however expressed thanks to Barclays Africa, the financial advisers to the 9mobile transaction, the Nigerian bank syndicate, the backing and support of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which he said, made 9mobile’s survival possible. He also expressed his gratitude to the loyal 9mobile management and staff who carried on in the face of skepticism, doubt and negative market sentiment.

 

Wood assured Nigerians that additional details including formal relaunch plans would be unveiled in due course.

 

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Stay Clear of Our Masts, ATCON Warns NCAA

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Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has urged the federal government to restraint Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) which is threatening to demolish telecommunication masts in different locations across the country.

 

ATCON said that telecommunications services would be adversely affected if NCAA carries out its threat.

 

NCAA had earlier in the week said it will demolish telecommunication masts in different locations across the country with immediate effect.

 

The NCAA had said the demolition exercise would similarly affect some banks and financial institutions that had discountenanced its regulatory requirements on the clearance to erect any high structure within navigable airspace in the country.

 

Mr Sam Adurogboye, general manager, Public Relations, NCCA, had said, “A total of 8,805 masts belonging to the aforementioned organisations will be decommissioned forthwith. The NCAA wishes to reiterate that it will continue to apply requisite sanctions for violation of extant regulations, especially, where the resolve of the authority is tested.”

 

This came after the NCAA in April had warned all Global System for Mobile Communications providers and telecom operators against the violation of safety regulations, with a 30-day ultimatum handed down for compliance.

 

But Olusola Teniola, president of ATCON, condemned the move to destroy the towers, saying the Federal Government would rebuild them.

 

Teniola said, “We are disappointed that the government is still involved in the destruction of much-needed infrastructure that provides services for those communities that will be impacted by the stance that the NCAA has made.

 

“We have said in the past, and in support of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, that those base stations and towers that are destroyed would not be rebuilt. We expect the government to now rebuild what they have destroyed.”

 

 

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Workz Group to Deliver 50m eSims by 2024

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Workz Group, Mobile and IoT solutions provider, has announced a long-term partnership with the manufacturer of mobile IoT modules to deliver a projected 50 million embedded SIMs (eSIMs) by 2024.

 

The deal sees Workz provide secure data generation, management and personalisation for eSIM chips to be deployed globally by the cellular module leader for use in machine-to-machine (M2M) devices.

 

Workz, which offers eSIM technology and cloud management platforms to device manufacturers, network operators, technology enablers and governments, was recognised in an industry report by BIS Research earlier this year as a key player in the eSIM market.

 

Workz is the only GSMA-certified manufacturer of eSIM technology (EUM) in the Middle East and Africa.

 

The certification guarantees the secure management of data both physically and virtually during production and personalisation of eSIMs.

 

Personalisation refers to the upload of the SIM’s unique information to its smart chip.

 

Workz is one of only six providers in the world to carry such accreditation and possesses two certified facilities located in Dubai and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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VDT communications Launches 4G LTE Advanced services

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L-R: Mr. Adewale Akinade, Head, Finance & Account; Mrs. Bimbo Ikumariegbe, Deputy Managing Director; Mr. Abiodun Omoniyi, Managing Director/CEO; Mr. Victor Omoyeni and Mr. Dan Adah, Head, Corporate & Retail Sales all of VDT Communications during the Media Launch of the VDT 4G LTE Advanced Data Service in Lagos.
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VDT communications, a leading broadband communications service provider has launched its retail data network – 4G LTE Advanced service into the market.

 

The product themed:”Live the life” is aimed at bridging the dearth and poor quality network gap being witnessed in the market today.

 

Engr. Abiodun Omoniyi, Managing Director/CEO, VDT Communications Limited, Speaking at the media launch, said that their decision of launching 4G LTE service is to bridge the gaps that exist in the market due to poor quality networks, poor customer service and inadequate support service.

L-R: Abimbola Ikumariegbe, Deputy Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer, VDT Communications Limited, Engr. Abiodun Omoniyi, Managing Director/CEO, VDT Communications Limited and Engr.Victor Omoyeni, Chief Technology Officer the Media Launch of the VDT 4G LTE Advanced Data Service in Lagos.

 

He noted that with VDT’s 4G LTE Advanced Data Service all these yawning gaps will be filled with superior network quality, top-notch network performance and proactive customer and support services.

 

He explained that the opportunity to actualize this dream came with the successful acquisition of a broad channel 2.3GHz Spectrum from the Federal Government through Bitflux Communications Limited; a consortium which VDT is the principal partner.

 

According to him, “VDT LTE is leveraging on the Bitflux network it painstakingly and deliberately built from the scratch to provide premium quality 4Gbroadband experience in the country.

 

“So our ultimate goal is to offer members of the public an exceptional broadband experience every time they use our network.

Home CPE on display during the launch

 

“Thus, enhancing all aspects of their lives qualitatively and quantitatively; helping them to achieve more and truly live the life they are meant to!”

 

Omoniyi said that based on the huge acceptance and patronage the product received during the pre-launch test period, they intend to deploy the first phase in Lagos state where they have 80% network coverage, with hope of covering the remaining 20% in no distance time.

 

He added that they plan to deploy this product to four other leading cities in the key economic zones of Nigeria and the rest of the country in phases.

VDT’s Mobile Mifi Devices

 

According to him, “our official service launch is scheduled to take place early next month in Lagos.

 

“With the huge acceptance and patronage we received during the pre-launch test period with about 80% network coverage of Lagos State, VDT LTE would expand strategically to cover the entire Lagos State and other leading cities in the key economic zones of Nigeria and the rest of the country in phases.

 

“Our products range includes home CPE and mobile mifi devices at highly attractive rates.

 

“These we offer with free 30GB of data. We also offer the most attractive free night browsing [8pm to 7am] plan available in the industry.

 

“Furthermore, we still offer a free power bank[depending on the home CPE purchased]. Our data plans also come in highly affordable rates; as low as N3,500 and unlimited internet data plan at low prices.”

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