Category Archives: Technology

Facebook To Offer Reward for Reporting Data Abuse

Social media platform, Facebook, will reward people who report any misuse of data by app developers.

The platform announced this, Tuesday, after launching the Data Abuse Bounty, targeted at rewarding any misuse.

Firm Unveils USSD Code for Mobile Credit Status’ Check

CRC Credit Bureau Limited has commenced its “Mobile Credit Check”, a USSD code *565*8# service, an alternative medium for individuals and merchants to access a summary of their credit reports via their mobile phones.

The service, which is in partnership with MTN Nigeria, is in line with CRC’s mission “to deliver innovative products and services that enable stakeholders build credible profiles that enhance access to credit for strategic growth” and promote financial inclusion.

Court stops sale of 9Mobile as shareholders seek refund of $43.33 million Investment

A Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday stopped the planned sale of Etisalat telecommunication firm (now 9Mobile) following opposition by some aggrieved shareholders.

The shareholders – Afdin Ventures Limited and Dirbia Nigeria Limited, which had claimed to be major investors, complained of being left out in the firm’s decision-making and have demanded a refund of their $43,330,950 investments.

Google Go Launches in Nigeria – Details

Poised to incessantly give users a faster and lighter way to search and access the internet, Google has launched Google Go in Nigeria and 29 other countries in Africa.
According to Google, the application is designed to solve existing problems faced by 73% of smart phone users who use devices with low memory space and less one gigabyte Random Access Memory, 1GB RAM.

Speaking at the launch, in Lagos, Juliet Ehimuan, Google’s Country Director, Nigeria, revealed; “There are about 30 million smart phone users and the number increases annually, however, upon expansive and in depth research in to smart phone usage it was found that 73% of users have less than or 1GB RAM and low memory space which causes hitches while searching on the internet.

‘How mobile ecosystem added $37 billion to West Africa’s GDP in 2017’

The mobile ecosystem contributed $37 billion, which was equivalent to 6.5 per cent of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP), to the West African economy in 2017.

The mobile ecosystem consists of mobile operators, infrastructure service providers, retailers and distributors of mobile products and services, mobile handset manufacturers, and mobile content, application and service providers.

GSMA tasks Nigeria on spectrum trading policies

West Africa’s unique subscribers now 176m
To fully unlock the potential of the mobile ecosystem in Nigeria, the Global System for Mobile Telecommunications Association (GSMA) wants the country to streamline licensing to promote innovation, contribute to USPF strategic management plan development and develop spectrum trading guidelines.

The GSMA believes that countries in the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region, Nigeria inclusive, need to encourage network investment, demonstrate digital leadership, adjust regulation to digitised world and promote digital economies.

Google Launches New Application

Search giant, Google has launched ‘Google Go’, a new app that provides a lighter, faster, way to search, with everything you need just a tap away.

As more and more Africans come online every year, using mobile phones as their primary and sometimes only Internet device, online isn’t somewhere they ‘go’ anymore, it’s where they live – connecting with the people, places and things that matter to them. Weak data connectivity, high data costs and low RAM or storage space often make it hard for people to get the most out of the internet – Google Go is built to handle these challenges.

Nigeria’s Mobile Money Scheme Crawls at 1% Penetration

GSMA certifies four operators to boost service
After about five years of operation in Nigeria, mobile money has only been able to attract just one per cent penetration.

Unlike in Ghana and Kenya where penetrations have reached 40 per cent and 60 per cent respectively, only about two million of Nigeria’s estimated 198 million populations.

The implication of this is that despite the innovation that comes with it, Nigerians are yet to tap from the huge benefit it carries.