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Telecommunication Day: Shittu harps on need to bridge standardisation gap in ICT

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Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, on Friday in Abuja, stressed the need for the county to bridge the standardisation gap in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

The minister said this on the occasion of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) celebrated annually on May 17 to raise awareness on telecom and information gap among societies.

The event for this year has “Bridging the Standardisation Gap.”

Represented by Mr Kilyobas Binga, the Director, Radio Monitoring and Survey, Ministry of Communications, Shittu said that the essence of the call was to ensure that the country experienced economic benefits of associated technological developments.

According to him, the purpose of the WTISD is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of internet and other ICTs can bring development to societies and economies, as well as bridge the digital divide.

The minister emphasised that setting standards was a fundamental pillar of Information Technology Union’s (ITUs) mission as specialised agency of the United Nations for ICT.

He added that “ITU standards accelerate ICTs for all Sustainable Development Goals.

“As a digital immigrant, whether you want to connect to the internet, enjoy sports event on television, listen to radio in your car or watch a video on your smartphone, ITU standards make it possible seamlessly, given the ubiquitous mobile broadband.

“It is on this basis that I want to join the ITU body in calling on member states, industry members, small and big companies and academia, together with UN sister agencies, all stakeholders to support the bridging of  standardisation gap programme for the prosperity of all.

“Ministry of Communications is committed to policies to enable citizens, businesses and societies to prosper, while mitigating the adverse effects that can accompany economic change.

“These, we are sure, will encourage investments and promote development of digital economies, while building inclusive digital future for citizens.”

Celebrated since 1969, World Telecommunication Day is also to mark the founding of the International Telecommunication Union.

Edited by Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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African Telecommunications Union calls for harmonised action by telecommunications regulators and operators in Africa to combat Coronavirus Pandemic

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The African Telecommunications Union (ATU), a specialised agency of the African Union in the field of telecommunications, has put together a set of guidelines to assist in combating the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, that every Member State should consider.

Africa has so far recorded relatively few coronavirus cases compared to the rest of the world. Twenty-seven African countries have recorded over 357 coronavirus cases, according to the World Health Organization on Thursday 19th March 2020. Egypt leads in cumulated confirmed cases at 196, South Africa 116, Algeria 72, Morocco 49, and Senegal 36. Other countries with over ten cases include Tunisia, Burkina Faso, D.R. Congo, Rwanda and Cameroon.

However, Heads of States and Governments across the continent are taking no chances as they race to stop the spread of the virus by sensitizing their citizens about the pandemic and the various ways to combat the disease.

Globally, telecoms/ICTs have become a pillar in the prevention, preparedness and response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ATU, through the Secretary-General, Mr John Omo, is urging the Ministries of ICT, through the telecommunications regulators and operators in the Member States, to consider implementing the following recommendations/guidelines to fight COVID-19 pandemic:

1.  Activation of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP)

Regulators should implement the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) to enable authorities to effectively prevent and mitigate the spread of Covid-19. The CAP involves the use of multiple modes of communication to educate Members of the public including vulnerable groups about the disease as well as the preventive measures. The CAP will make it possible for members of the public to receive CAP-originated information in many ways, such as through mobile and landline telephones, Internet (e-mail, Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, smartphone apps, online advertising, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, in-home smart speakers, etc.), sirens (in-building or outdoor), broadcast radio and television, cable television, emergency radio, amateur radio, satellite direct broadcast, and digital signage networks (highway signs, billboards, automobile and rail traffic control), among others.

2. Collaborative Practical Measures Regulators should adopt the following:

(a) Network Capacity

Fixed and mobile telephony providers should reserve some dedicated network capacity which should be made available free of charge to the authorities handling Covid-19.

(b) Emergency Numbers

Fixed and mobile telephony providers should implement and enable the emergency numbers, for example 119, for voice messaging and promote short message service (SMS) as an alternative to telephony communications during this period. Emergency agencies – such as police, ministries of health and hospitals should adequately size their network capacity, e.g. lines and access trunks, to offer an efficient service when call demand is high. Also, telecommunication providers and amateur radio operators need to perform periodic emergency drills together. The public should adequately be informed of the availability of the service free of charge.

(c) Guidelines for action during emergencies

Calls to emergency numbers should be free. Local and long-distance backbone providers must have redundancy networks to handle traffic from other providers that experience difficulties. Broadcasters should support communication and messaging strategies to the public in coordination with all the other agencies that are involved.

(d) Amateur radio operators and simplification of type-approval processes

Radio amateurs are community based and should be involved in the information dissemination mitigation processes for Covid-19. Any type-approval acceptance could be waived during the period of emergency for equipment to be used by amateur radio operators or those processes simplified in order to gain time, for example, not subjecting such equipment to taxation at all. Regulatory authorities should recognize foreign type approvals to expedite the process and rely on the guidelines of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T).

3.  Streamlined Regulation Processes

Rapid response in the wake of a disaster is critical. Consequently, regulators should streamline the process to allow telecom/ICT services to be available as soon as possible. The following strategies should be considered by regulators:

(a) Telecom/ICT services licensing

As the continents fight the Covid-19 pandemic, the telecom/ICT regulatory authority should urgently grant telecom/ICT service licenses necessary to support emergency telecom/ICT efforts. Therefore, exceptional expedited licensing procedures should be in place, free of charge, for use. These licenses should be temporary and valid only during this period of emergency response and recovery until the government has determined that there is no further need for the service being provided.

(b) Frequency allocation

Frequency planning and allocation are critical at this time for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Governments should make the necessary spectrum available on a national basis to allow for multiple types of applications and services, from narrowband voice services up to broadband-intensive applications. A combination of spectrum bands should be available free of charge for emergency communications, allowing both terrestrial and satellite systems to be quickly deployed with limited interference.

(c) Priority call routing

During such times, networks could fail to provide service for different reasons, one of them being overload thus delaying or altogether preventing critical communication. Regulators should establish priority call routing on both mobile and fixed networks for people engaged in Covid-19 response as well as other entities and institutions involved in such activities.

(d) Network redundancy

Network redundancy is a critical element of a robust network that will minimize telecom/ICT outages during this period. Disaster networks need to consider redundancy and resilience in their design, as well as increase the number of terminals. Regulators need to ensure that telecom/ICT providers have networks with adequate redundancy and multiple connectivity options for the authorities involved in combating Covid-19.

(e) Importing telecom/ICT equipment

Major delays during the importation of telecom/ICT critical equipment have a negative impact on the response time to a disaster, and even impact the likely loss of lives. Delays can occur for several reasons, including duties or tariffs, restrictions based on local standards, extensive paperwork, disorganized processes, etc. Rules should be in place to expedite the importation process of critical telecom/ICT equipment that might be used for response and recovery: e.g. exemptions from duties and tariffs, clear expedited processes and streamlined paperwork. In addition, once the equipment needs to be returned to the place of origin, expedited processes should be in place to help streamline the return process.1

4.  Multi-stakeholder collaboration

There should be coordinated efforts during this period and clearly defined functions for different government institutions, e.g. ministries of foreign affairs, ICT and communications, customs, regulatory agencies and first responders such as hospitals among others. Also, there should be a collaboration with the private sector, including telecom/ICT operators, private networks, and amateur radio among others to give support and insights to the government on the collection of data and dissemination of information to the public. Regulators should, therefore, carry out a set of activities and procedures to connect all actors in the ecosystem at the local, national and international levels and ensure effective flow of information as the continent fights Covid-19.


1Global Guidelines to Develop National Emergency Telecommunication Plans, Draft For Comments, ITU, March 2019, Pg. 51.

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Cybercrime, e-fraud, major challenges facing telecommunication users — NCC

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has attributed cybercrime and e-fraud as one of the major challenges facing telecommunications users in the country.

NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, stated this during the commission’s special day in Enugu on Sunday at the ongoing 31st Enugu International Trade Fair.

Danbatta, represented by a Director in the Commission, Reuben Mmuoka, said NCC recently hosted a cyber security enlightenment conference where telecoms stakeholders were enlightened on dangers associated with cybercrimes.

He advised telecom consumers not to open unknown emails or post Personal Identification Number (PIN) online as bank would never ask them for their personal detail via internet or over the phone.

Danbatta disclosed that the commission had also educated parents on their roles regarding child online protection.

“The sensitisation programmes are targeted at parents, aimed at equipping them with the right knowledge they need to limit the exposure of their children to the negative aspects of internet use.

“To protect subscribers from unsolicited text messages or voice calls, the commission evolved  “do not disturb”  (DNB), directing all mobile network operators to dedicate a short code to enable subscribers to take informed but independent decisions on what messages they wish to receive.”

He pointed out that NCC as regulator had come with initiatives to enable consumers lodge their complaints when dissatisfied with the services provided by their operators.

“The Commission will apply appropriate regulatory measures and sanctions against such service provider.

“NCC identifies consumer as a very important stakeholder in the telecoms industry, which is evident in our 8-point agenda where empowerment and protection is properly captured,” he added.

The Vice Chairman said that the NCC Special Day was aimed at educating and informing subscribers on the use of communication services and their rights as telecoms consumers.

In his address, the President of the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), Mr Emma Nwandu, said that the role of NCC as a regulatory agency in the telecommunication sector was commendable.

According to him, telecommunication industry has witnessed a great revolution in the socio-economic life, which has equally accentuated the pace of socio-economic life as individuals and as a nation.

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Power, biggest challenge facing telecommunications in Nigeria, says NCC Boss

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The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, said on Tuesday that power was the biggest challenge facing the telecommunications operations in the country.

Danbatta said this during an oversight and fact finding visit by the Senate Committee on Communications, held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

He said that the cost of providing power, especially in the base stations, was high adding that the Commission was working hard to solve the challenge by recommending the use of sustainable energy sources to the telecommunications operators.

On the issue of security, theft of equipment, transmission cable cuts, the EVC said that there were delays in securing approvals for sites at the state level for new base stations as they were harassed by some Agencies.

According to him, the unfair taxes and billing levied on Telcos constitutes a drawback to infrastructure deployment in the telecoms sector.

“Engagements are ongoing with different tiers of government and government agencies at Federal, State and Local Government levels,” he stated.

He urged the National Assembly delegation to wade into ensuring that there was money mobile industry that was telco driven.

Danbatta said that the commission had recorded a lot of achievements in spite of the odds.

He mentioned some as the development of spectrum trading guidelines to enable operators in possession of un-utilised or under-utilised frequency spectrum to trade such limited assets in the secondary market place.

On broadband penetration, he said that the Commission had implemented the Open Access Model for infrastructure development through the competitively selected Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos) called InfraCo project.

He said that as at 2017, the commission had activated the 2442 DO-NOT-DISTURB code initiative with fewer than 500 subscribers but presently has more than 30 million subscribers and counting.

“The commission’s second layer complaint toll-free line, 622, has also become a beehive of activities.

“The InfraCo will provide, at a minimum, broadband fibre and connectivity to every LGA of the federation, totalling 774 points of Access (PoAs) with minimum speed of 10 Gbps, which will translate to at least, 28,902Km of fibre deployment in the next four years.

“A new Department of Research and Development was created to improve the synergy between the Commission and the Academia in the area of research and development with the active collaboration of the industry.

“This is with the aim to boost telecommunications related researches in the country,” he said.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Communications, Mrs Oluremi Tinubu, commended the NCC for the platinum category award that was recently awarded to the commission for exceptional organisation performance.

Tinubu expressed optimism that the telecommunications industry would see better days ahead, adding that so far she had experienced good service relationships with service providers.

“We will come again and that will be going to visit most of your sites and see how far you have gone with the 2020 budget and to also prepare us for 2021.

“We are also looking forward to the stakeholders’ conference that we want to have with the telecoms industries. I think it will be very good for us, which we have discussed,” she said.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu
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Police arrests 38-year-old man for vandalising telecommunication mast in Abuja

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The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), says it has arrested a 38-year-old man for alleged vandalisation of telecommunications mast located at Gosa, Airport Road Area of Abuja.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the FCT, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, made the disclosure in a statement, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Manzah disclosed that the suspect was arrested in possession of 16 back-up batteries suspected to be vandalised from the mast.

He said the suspect was apprehended by operatives of the Command’s Rapid Response Squad (RRS) while responding to a distress call that some robbers invaded a facility housing telecommunication mast belonging to ATC Nigeria  and carted away 16  back-up hybrid batteries.

According to him,  the command recovered a golf car with registration number KUJ 610 XU, painted in Abuja Taxi colour and 16 back-up hybrid batteries.

He noted that other members of the gang fled the scene upon sighting the police patrol team, adding that the command has intensified effort to arrest the fleeing suspects.

The spokesman said the suspect would be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigation, and reiterated commitment of the command to protect installations and critical infrastructures in the FCT.

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Theft of telecommunication companies’ equipment, insecurity responsible for drop calls, says Airtel V-P

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Airtel, a Network Service Provider, on Thursday said that theft of telecommunications companies’ equipment and insecurity had been responsible for drop in calls usually experienced by some of their customers across the country.

 

Dr Adedoyin Adeola, Vice-President, Network Operation of Airtel,  said this during a news conference on Banana Island in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

 

He said that numerous equipment of the company had been stolen in the past.

 

He added that these challenges had resulted to drop calls being experienced by some customers.

 

“Our major challenges are theft of our equipment at different sites across the country.

 

“ In a particular state, we had a case in a particular location where our generators used in powering our mast were stolen at 13 different times.

 

“Also, we have had cases where some of the masts were catered away. When all these happen, it affects the area in which the equipment is located and this will result in drop calls.

 

“Since the insecurity issues in the northern part of the country intensified, we have had 282 masts that had been bombed; 164 were recovered and another 64 were bombed again.

 

“If the security issues can be tackled and power supply can be constant in the country, it will help in securing our equipment and reduce theft.

 

“There will be little or no use of this equipment by vandals,” he said.

 

Adeola  appealed to the Federal Government to include telecommunications companies in the country in the Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) category.

 

He said that the move would reduce damages and theft of fibre cuts from the property of telecommunications companies’ in the country.

 

He said that the telecommunications sector was currently contributing 11 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.

 

“So, it is really important that we are added to that category.

 

“If we are added, our equipment and other important stuffs will be taken more seriously as there will be big implications if they are damaged.

 

“But, the reverse is the case at the moment since we are not included.

 

“It is really important that the Federal Government puts telecommunications companies into the CNI category as this will help in securing our fibre cables across the country and reduces fibre cuts.’’

 

“CNI is the body of systems, networks and assess that are so essential to a country communications sector.

 

“There continued operation is required to ensure the security of a nation’s economy and other sectors.

 

“The government should take immediate action on this as this will help improve the services that telecommunications companies offer and safeguard the essential equipment used in running our operations,’’ he said.

 

Adeola also said that 20 per cent out of 120 stations around the border town were not functioning due to the law banning delivery of petroleum products within 20kms to the border.

 

He urged the government to issue waivers to telecommunications companies in regard to the ban.

 

Also, Mr Emeka Opara, Director, Corporate Communication of Airtel, reinstated the company’s commitment in delivering excellent services to its customers.

 

He noted that the company was tackling the issues that arise from drop calls.

 

“Drop calls do not benefit the company because we tend to lose customers if that problem persists for long.

 

“We have been working around the clock to address all issues that arose from drop calls.

 

“We will continue to differentiate our product by providing quality services,” he said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Peter Dada

 

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Sri Lanka’s telecommunication company ready to launch 5G

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Sri Lanka’s state owned Telecommunication (SLT) on Tuesday said it was ready to launch 5G services in the country to facilitate citizens with a 5G experience through fixed wireless broadband access.

SLT said in a statement that the 5G services would reach its customers with high speed and high data volumes providing a high capacity of bandwidth which is the main concern of the mass users of broadband services.

It added that 5G would encourage the blooming of entrepreneurs and enterprises with the low latency which would be needed in times of critical missions and where the fastest responses were desired.

“In fact, SLT’s 5G is the long-expected service for the growing ICT era in the country as it allows mass connectivity where the user is capable of connecting many machines and many applications at a time.

“SLT comprises a customer base of over 1.6 million including multinational corporations, large and small corporates, public sector, retail and domestic customers.

“It provides a full range of ICT services in the areas of voice, data, broadband, TV, mobile and enterprise solutions,” SLT said.

 

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Telecommunications industry plagued by inconsistent power supply, theft of equipment

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Telecommunications sector plagued by inconsistent power supply, theft of equipment

By Funmilola Gboteku, Nigeria News Agency

Inconsistent power supply and theft of telecommunications equipment are some of the numerous problems making the telecommunications business less profitable.

As a result of the unstable power supply in the country, telecommunications operators spend a lot of money buying fuel.

According to operators, the average network cost in Nigeria is twice or thrice higher than the cost in some African markets.

The implications of such an absence of reliable power infrastructure are far-reaching.

There have been serious concerns over the state of electricity in the country.

Operators say that 60 per cent of their operating cost goes into  generating electricity to power base stations which has made the telecommunications business unprofitable.

They explain that access to electricity is vital for economic development, noting that developing countries around the world are making various efforts to improve access to electricity.

The operators express concern that aside from the issue of inconsistent power supply, regular theft of batteries and other telecommunication equipment at base stations are also discouraging investments in the industry.

Dr Adedoyin Adeola, the Vice President, Network Operations, Airtel Nigeria, notes that power supply is being sabotaged by different people who are benefiting from alternative forms of energy.

According to him, network operators in Nigeria and few other African countries are the only ones that introduce two power generating sets into their business.

Adeola says in other countries, operators rely solely on electricity from the national grid.

“In Nigerian telecoms industry, we consume almost 40 million litres of fuel per month to power telecoms towers.

“It is only in Nigeria and a few other countries that we factor having two power generators in our business case, ’’ Adeola notes.

The Chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Gbenga Adebayo, says though operators have introduced different kinds of innovation to solve the problem of power supply, theft of batteries and solar panels still remains a challenge.

“We have considered other sources of energy. We installed solar power panels in some locations.

“Those sites have been vandalised and the cells are taken to the local community and used to play table tennis.

“The local government and state authorities are asking us to pay for generator emission test. So, we ask them if the ones we use on our sites are not also used in homes and offices,’’ Adebayo argues.

He observes that poor power supply has made  the telecommunications business less profitable.

The ALTON boss says money spent in fuelling power generating sets could have been used to provide more quality services for consumers.

Adebayo, therefore, urges the Federal Government to provide stable power supply to reduce expenses on fuelling generators at base stations.

He recalls that in the past 20 years, the sector has contributed immensely in terms of job creation directly and indirectly.

He says the sector contributes over N200 billion to the Federal Government through taxes.

“The telecommunications industry has been an enabler of social inclusion, bridging the digital divide in the country.

“Our banks today cannot function without the telecommunication sector. Imagine a situation where all base stations are shut down; ATMs will not work.

“The sector plays a vital role in the economic growth of the country.

“It is, therefore, essential for the government to treat the telecommunications equipment as national critical infrastructure, by giving the sector maximum protection in order to keep their equipment safe,” he suggests.

Adebayo also suggests that the government needs to look for a lasting solution to solve the issue of inconsistent power supply in the country.

Mr Wole Abu, the Chief Executive Officer, Pan African Towers, says power supply contributed 50 per cent of capital expenditure and 60 per cent of the operating costs of infrastructure companies.

Abu explains that the cost of fuelling generators is driving up the cost of doing business and making the business less profitable.

“We are not going to wait for the grid. We are rolling out designs that are completely off-grid.

“Power from the grid is erratic and it burns our equipment,’’ he notes.

He, however, points out that operators have started investing in energy-efficient equipment to reduce fuel.

There is need to improve power supply in the country so that manufacturers, telecommunication companies and other small scale businesses can spend less money fuelling generators.

The government also needs to identify the obstacles slowing down the process of having constant power supply in the country.

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Gains of Telecommunications: Subscribers, Glo’s Perspectives

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In all spheres of life, communication has become indispensable. Communication has also helped in making the world a global village through which one can reach out to anyone in few seconds no matter the distance.

It has bridged relationship gaps as well as saved lives. Even when someone has a low credit, there is always a way out.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in its report gives an estimate of about 180 million active subscribers in the telecommunications industry as at October 2019, with 94.50 teledensity.

Teledensity is defined as the number of active telephone connections per one  hundred inhabitants of an area and is expressed as a percentage figure.

This shows that almost every household subscribes to at least one of the mobile network operators and each of the networks has unique features that make lives simple. One of such features is the `Borrow Me Credit’ and `Borrow Me Data’.

`Borrow Me Credit’ is a unique product that enables prepaid subscribers to receive airtime when they run out of airtime during emergency periods or when airtime vendors are not easily accessible.

While the `Borrow Me Data’ is a service that allows eligible customers to borrow data on credit when their data bundles are either exhausted or in case of unsuccessful bundle activation due to low balance.

Globacom’s Marketing Coordinator, Adeniyi Olukoya, says the firm recognises that sometime there are occasions when customers run out of account balance.

Olukoya says it can either be late at night or while travelling and such a customer has to look for where to buy recharge cards to top up his account.

He notes that `Borrow Me Credit’ is a testimony of the trust that Glo has placed in its loyal subscribers. He also describes `Borrow Me Credit’ as an evidence of commitment toward ensuring that Glo’s customers are totally unlimited as they pursue their dreams.

According to him, within minutes of requesting for the service, subscribers will receive the airtime requested and get confirmation through a text message.

Olukoya explains that the credited money will be taken at the next recharge from the Glo’s prepaid subscriber.

He says the credit can be used like a normal recharge for making outgoing calls, sending SMS as well as uploading and downloading data on the internet.

”This product will save subscribers from unnecessary stress and make it easy to get airtime for emergencies.

”The product allows prepaid subscribers on the Glo network to send a request to a specified USSD code under emergency situations.

”They will receive airtime of different denominations, depending on their profile on the network,” he explains.

Head, Usage and Retention, Mr. Sola Arowogbadamu, notes that  in keeping with its commitment to continually empower subscribers with affordable and innovative telecommunications products and services, Glo has launched `Glo Borrow Me Data’ and reloaded three other existing ones.

Arowogbadamu says three products that have been repackaged following their success and appeal in the market are, Double Free Tomorrow, 11k/s for All and IDD Packs.

According to him, Glo Borrow Me Data allows subscribers to borrow data credit of up to 2GB whenever their data bundles are exhausted and have no airtime balance to recharge their data plan.

He explains that the `Borrow Me Data’ is also provided in case of unsuccessful subscription bundle activation due to low balance.

Arowogbadamu notes that eligibility criterion for the offer includes how long a customer has been on the network and the average monthly data usage.

“Customers can subscribe to Borrow Me Data by dialling *321# and following the menu options.

“The service will then push real time Data credit to all eligible subscribers in line with the stated eligibility criterion.

”The customer will repay the Data credit whenever airtime recharge is made,’’ he explains.

Some subscribers narrate their experience of how the `Borrow Me Credit’ and `Borrow Me Data’ saved life-threatening situations.

A Businessman, Mr Francis Ogom, had an expected illness all alone at night with no money in his account to buy airtime.

Ogom was able to help himself by borrowing credit to call a friend who rushed him to the hospital where he was saved from a severe stroke.

Also, an Event Planner, Mrs Bola Gbadebo, narrates how she was saved from losing a client due to a missing decorating material.

Gbadebo was able to borrow data on the spot as she was out of data at the venue to order for the missing decorating material.

According to her, the material was brought in within 30 minutes of ordering and I was saved from an embarrassing situation.

One thing that communication and all the mobile network operators have helped to achieve is that at every point in time, subscribers will not lack airtime.

There are provisions made by the mobile network operators for staying in tune with people at all times.

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ICT firm unveils mobile app to boost e-commerce, telecommunications

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An Information Technology (IT) firm, International Labour Reward (ILR) Group of Companies on Saturday unveiled ILR Biz App, a multi-solution provider business hub app to facilitate and promote e-commerce, telecommunications and agriculture.

Speaking at the launch of the App in Lagos, Mr Michael Oluwafemi, the Group Managing Director of the company, said the firm was poised at deepening financial technology of the country and reward users accordingly.

Oluwafemi said that what differentiated the ILR mobile app from other financial apps was that it ensured that users were rewarded with whatever transactions they used the app for within and outside the country.

According to him, anyone that registers and uses the platform for transactions will get value for using it from whatever that accrues to the firm more than whatever any banking app could offer.

“ILR is a global project. Today, we are launching our new solution product called ILR Biz. It is a mobile application solution that provides solutions to all essential services and needs of the people.

“It is an all-inclusive reward system for all transactions done on the app. It is not networking or multi-level marketing but a reward system.

“All we want to do is to make life better for people and ensure users get better value for all they do.

“You get rewarded for making use of the platform and if you convince another person to join in using the app, you also get rewarded.

“ILR is a registered organisation with group of companies, the firm focuses on production, processing and distribution.

“The organisation currently operates in these major sectors: Agriculture, real estate, printing press, super markets, engineering services, telecommunications, recharge services, cooperatives society.

“All we need to do is to download ILR app on Google play Store on mobile phone to get started, register for free but activate with N3,000 which covers a debit card valid for three years,” Oluwafemi said.

According to him, the app is an all in one business platform that provides users with efficient value added services which include e-commerce, agro mart, recharge services, sending money, real estate among others.

The director said that the firm’s objective was to create a global community with the mission to provide the needs of its community and also feed them through agricultural programmes.

He said that the firm also aimed at providing jobs for the teaming youths of the country and also contributed to the national development of the country.

He said that the firm was not a pyramid scheme or networking or multi-level marketing but only provided a platform to reward anybody in the community with a token which could be moved into a wallet system for cashing or investment purposes.

“You can create money for yourself on this platform and send money from the wallet to anyone anywhere at just N50 per transaction,” he said.

He added that the firm also had POS services with several POS agents.

Contributing, Mr Hakeem Abdulkareem, the ILR Director of ICT and Cyber Security said that the app was changing the situation where winners take it all in other apps used for financial transactions by ensuring users get rewarded.

According to Abdulkareem, as ILR gets profit, people using the platform are also rewarded, saying every token given to users as reward can be moved into wallet system and virtual account for transactions, investment, cashing or transfer to people.

Edited by Maureen Atuonwu

 

 

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