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NCC, NOTAP, Others Commend Airtel On 4G Launch

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Ibadan, Oyo State, 19th February, 2018 – The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Senate Committee on Communications and Oyo State Government have commended Airtel Nigeria for launching its 4G LTE – aimed at providing fast and reliable internet for Nigerians.

The Chairman of NCC, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, in his remark at a consumer launch event held recently in Ibadan, said Airtel’s upgrade and expansion to a 4G network in Ibadan will definitely improve telecommunications services and drive economic growth.

“NCC is happy to celebrate with Airtel on this milestone and on other efforts aimed at achieving robust and extensive network coverage in Nigeria. NCC has taken note of Airtel’s numerous giant strides towards the provision of good communication service – accelerating economic growth in our dear country,” he said.

Hon. Saheed Fijabi, Chairman, House Committee on Communications, National Assembly, commended Airtel for continuous innovation and commitment to improve telecommunication service in Nigeria. “Airtel has been one of the companies that have always been complying with local content. We believe Airtel has been doing well and we will continue to give them our support.”

Director General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr. Dan-Azumi Mohammed Ibrahim, also applauded the telco for its customer-centric offering; describing the launch of its 4G LTE has a timely revolution.

The Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Chief Moses Alake Adeyemo, hailed Airtel for deploying 4G in Ibadan, saying that he is glad that Airtel Nigeria has chosen Ibadan to pioneer the launch of its revolutionary 4G service.

He asked the people of Oyo state “to use what has been given to us today to empower ourselves and patronize Airtel Nigeria.”

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, while speaking during the event, said with the 4G launch, Airtel will power people, businesses and cultural advancement through technology in Ibadan.

“Airtel 4G will help drive growth, spread prosperity and empower the highly enterprising people of Ibadan to fulfill their potentials and realize their dreams.

“Our commitment is to deliver 4G Service that works to Nigerians as we will dramatically improve mobile Internet experience for telecoms consumers across the country.

“Indeed, Airtel is committed to strengthening its position as a true pioneer of innovation in the Nigerian telecommunications domain, as this is in line with our overall corporate vision of becoming the mobile Internet service provider of first choice for every Nigerian,” he said.

The Airtel CEO also confirmed that the telco will be rolling out its 4G service in other cities across the country in the coming months.

Airtel says its Ibadan 4G launch signals a new dawn in the Nigeria’s telecoms landscape and a foretaste of its quest to provide seamless and reliable mobile Internet experience across key cities in Nigeria in 2018.

 

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MTN registers Nigerian business shares before listing

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MTN has registered more than 20 billion shares of its $5 billion Nigerian business before its planned listing of the unit in the West African nation, the South African telecoms firm said on Tuesday.

It announced the move shortly after a judge cleared Africa’s biggest telecoms firm on Tuesday of missing a deadline to file a challenge against a $2 billion tax demand, the latest row with the authorities to beset MTN’s Nigerian business.

MTN argues that the attorney general exceeded his power when he issued the backdated tax demand in September. State lawyers had filed a case saying MTN did not file its challenge in time.

MTN Nigeria said after the judge’s ruling it had registered to list 20.4 billion ordinary shares at 0.02 naira ($0.0001) each with Nigeria’s securities regulator, before listing the business that MTN valued at about $5 billion last year.

“We have achieved another milestone in our listing process,” MTN Nigeria Chief Executive Ferdi Moolman said in a statement.

The company said it had started talks with the stock exchange to complete the listing and would meet investors to discuss the plans on May 16.

It has previously said it did not plan to raise funds from investors immediately via the listing.

Nigeria is MTN’s biggest market, with 58 million users in 2018 and accounting for a third of the firm’s annual core profit. But the business has faced challenges in Nigeria, ranging from the tax demand to a fine over unregistered SIM cards.

MTN had said in 2016 it planned to list its local unit on the Nigerian Stock Exchange after agreeing to pay a $1.7 billion fine to settle the SIM card dispute with the government.

It previously said it planned to list in the first half of 2019.

In the tax case, a hearing into whether the auditor general acted within his rights is scheduled for June 26.

“MTN maintains that it is fully compliant with Nigerian tax laws. The company remains committed to meeting its fiscal responsibilities and contributing to the social and economic development of Nigeria,” MTN said after Tuesday’s ruling.

In Lagos, lawyers for the opposing sides had argued over whether or not the telecoms firm responded to the tax bill within the three-month period stipulated by law. The judge ruled that said MTN had responded in 19 days.

In a separate case, MTN agreed in December to make a $53 million payment to resolve a dispute over dividend repatriation.

MTN shares in Johannesburg were up 0.7 percent at 104.37 rand by 1338 GMT.

 

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NCC Move Against Substandard Products

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The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC yesterday renewed its resolve to eliminate substandard and counterfeit handsets and other telecommunication devices across the country.

The NCC’s Head of Zonal Operations Department, Helen Obi reiterated the commission’s resolve at the stakeholders’ sensitization workshop on the hazardous effect of non-type approved handsets and impact on quality of service held in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital. Obi, who was represented by Principal Manager of the department, Olatubosun Olakisola stated that the workshop was organised to sensitize telecommunication consumers, particularly mobile phone users on the hazardous effects of non-type approved handsets and the negative impact on quality of service.

He said it was in response to public concern regarding the proliferation of non-type approved handsets and other terminal equipment in Nigeria market which has far reaching consequences on the health, economy and environment that the Commission found it imperative to educate the general public on the menace of using non-type approved and substandard equipment. As a responsible industry regulator, she said the commission was committed to ensure that the consumers were not shortchanged but enjoy their stake in the telecom industry. “As part of our enlightenment programme, we are here on a sensitization program to sensitize the public on the hazardous effects of non-type approved devices and its impacts.

“We have a data base where the public can assess all type-approved handsets. We are talking about quality of service. Some of these handsets have to work with the network. We are talking about safety, protection to the network, protection of general public from all these dangerous equipments.”

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World Book Day: Airtel donates books to Underprivileged Children

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…holds book reading session across the country

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, will commemorate the 2018 World Book Day with public primary school pupils across different locations in the country with the donation of 5000 books and hosting of book-reading sessions.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, will flag-off the initiative on Monday, 23rd April, 2018, with an interactive session with primary four and five students of one of the company’s Adopted schools, Oremeji Primary School 2, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Ajegunle, Lagos.

During the session, Ogunsanya will share stories to inspire the kids, hold a reading session that will have many of the kids as active participants and donate reading books to the children to instill and encourage a culture of reading.
Airtel says the book reading sessions and book donation exercises will also hold in different locations across the country.

The book reading and donation sessions will take place on Wednesday, April 25 in Kaduna; Friday, April 27 in Abuja; Tuesday, May 8, in Anambra and Thursday, May 10 in Kwara State.

Commenting on the World Book Day Initiative, Airtel’s Director of Corporate Communications & CSR, Emeka Oparah, said the company is committed to supporting underprivileged children and creating platforms that will inspire young Nigerians to succeed.

“We believe in investing in young Nigerians as they are our future leaders. The World Book Day provides a fine opportunity for us to support underprivileged children and inspire them to read and do so much more. We are confident that with the right support young Nigerians will do well,” he said.

World Book Day is celebrated to provide the people with many ideas and plans to make them aware about the situation and condition in the World. WBD is celebrated to provide the people to gather knowledge about many types of Books which makes them to get the specific knowledge about their requirements.

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