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Nigerian Networks Not Robust to Implement Number Porting

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NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Eugene Juwah

By Emma Okonji

Contrary to the belief of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) that the country is long overdue for the implementation of  number portability, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), said the time was yet to mature.

Chairman of ALTON, Mr. Gbenga Adebayo, in a chat with THISDAY said the unsteady condition of all registered networks as it relates to poor quality of service in recent times, was enough signal to convince the NCC that the networks are not robust enough to carry the capacity needed for number porting.

Citing instances of the recent fine of N1.17 billion imposed on four telecoms operators by the NCC for poor quality of service on their networks, as well as the reactions of affected telecoms operating companies, Adebayo argued that if the networks were strong enough, there would be no trace of dwindling network service and the issue of fine would not have arisen in the first place. “The fine is a clear indication that the networks are not healthy and should be strengthened if NCC expects better results from the standard it set, using the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs),” Adebayo said.

He advised NCC not to be in a hurry to implement Number Portability, so as not to add to the present ugly situation.

He rather suggested that NCC should encourage investment in alternative platform like the fixed line operation, to avoid over dependence on mobile, which he said was already suffering from congestion. He was of the opinion that Nigerians depended so much on mobile operation like the GSM service both in offices and homes, thus contributing to the heavy traffic being generated on the mobile networks.

“Mobile Number Portability is ill-timed. Nigerians are not ripe for Number Portability because networks not yet robust. With the issue of poor quality of service and fine from NCC, it goes to show that the networks are not robust enough for Number Portability. It also shows that if one network is shut down by government agencies or it goes down for any reason, no single operator has the headroom to accommodate the gap and capacity lapses it will create and that will be a problem for the industry. Subscribers cannot port from one network to another, if up to four operators were indicted for poor quality of service. If four operators have been declared by NCC as weak in terms of quality of service, then which network will subscriber port to when all the operators are not strong,” Adebayo asked.

NCC is insisting on the implementation of Number Portability and has concluded to commence the process across networks in September this year. Standing firm on its promise, the telecoms regulator, early this month, released a set of guidelines for the implementation of Number Portability across networks.

Number Portability is a process that allows subscribers to migrate from one network to another, in search of better quality of service, while still retaining the original GSM number, irrespective of the network the subscriber chooses to migrate to. NCC in its released guidelines, made porting free of charge for subscribers.”

Source: Thisday Newspaper

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#Nigeria EFCC can’t fight corruption with 3,000 workers – Lamorde

May 4, 2012 by John Alechenu, Abuja
Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim LamordeMr. Ibrahim Lamorde

Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
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Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde, has said it is near impossible for the agency to fight corruption with a staff strength of less than 3,000 in a nation of 160 million people.

Lamorde said this in an address during the distribution of a book, The Monster Called Corruption and the Monkey Leaders, jointly produced by the EFCC and the Universal Basic Education Commission, in Abuja, on Thursday.

He said the anti-corruption agency had been paying  emphasis on prevention through enlightenment and education of Nigerians.

Lamorde, who was represented by a senior official of the commission, Mr. David Tukura, said the anti-graft war could only be won when every Nigerian was brought on board.

He  said, “Corruption is indeed a scourge, we have to combat it. To this end, public enlightenment is critical to the success in the fight against corruption, hence the engagement of schools at all levels.”

Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, who was represented by the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Ahmed Modibo, said there was a need for greater transparency in the UBEC process aimed at improving access and quality of education.

Wike said enlightenment and education on anti-corruption for students would improve on their personal knowledge and encourage them to serve as whistle blowers on people involved in anti-social activities.

Source- The Punch

PDP candidates to emerge by consensus, says Aliyu

Aliyu Aliyu

By Jide Orintunsin, Minna

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates for the 2015 general elections in Niger State will emerge through consensus to avoid post-primary crises, Governor Mu’azu Aliyu has said.

Speaking  when he hosted the  state executive council of the party at Government House, Minna the state capital.

Aliyu said  that emergence of party candidates for the next general elections through consensus would help ensure that party discipline and supremacy are upheld.

He said a channel of communication would be opened for all aspirants and stakeholders to explore, so that the consensus candidates that would emerge would deliver Niger state to the PDP.

‘’We should not allow any other party to present better candidates than those of our party,’’ Aliyu charged the party leaders.

To ensure the success of the consensus project, the governor vowed not to impose any candidate on the party at any level of the electoral process, stressing that nobody should be deceived into accepting anybody that says he (Aliyu) has endorsed their candidacy.

He then advised the party leaders and members to pay attention to party discipline, reach out to the people and communicate activities of government and the party to the electorate to make the 2015 polls easier to win for the party.

He also said that the fight against corruption would require collaboration between the government and the party, lamenting that the country’s negative image within and outside is traceable to the level of corruption.

Earlier, the State Chairman of the PDP Alhaji Abdulrahaman Enagi had expressed gratitude to the government for the moral and financial support given to the party in the state.

Enagi said with the support received by the party the state chapter of the PDP had been adjudged the best in terms of management and general administration especially with the smooth conduct of the party primaries at all levels.

-The Nation

#Nigeria NCC Suspends Spectrum Licences Till 2015

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Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC, Eugene Juwah

 

By Emma Okonji

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it would not issue spectrum licences to operators until 2015 when telecoms broadcasting operators must have migrated from analogue to digital spectrum.

Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah gave the declaration in Lagos, while responding to the shortfall in broadband penetration in the country at a broadband forum organised by Accenture.

Juwah who lamented the shortage of spectrum licenses in the country, said by the end of the migration, most of the frequency slots currently being occupied by broadcasters would become available for auction.

He said the commission was already in talks with Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators that are currently using the 790 Mega Hertz and the 862 Mega Hertz frequency band to free them up by migrating to Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in carrying out their operations.

According to him, the frequencies that were hitherto auctioned to them were not being fully utilised, insisting that such frequencies are better utilised for broadband penetration.

Juwah also promised to auction the reaming slots in the 2.3 Giga Hertz spectrum band when other expected spectrums must have been made available by their current users.

Addressing the regulatory intervention to deepen broadband access in the country, Juwah said NCC had adopted the Open Access Model (OAM) that would help unbundle broadband into three layers for easy broadband deployment. “The model provides a framework for sophisticated
infrastructure sharing and it will help unbundle broadband,” he said.

He listed the three layers to include passive layer, active layer and retail layer, stressing that no single operator would be allowed to operate in more than one layer, in order to achieve even distribution of broadband.

“With the model, bandwidth will be provided by the active infrastructure providers to the retail service providers on a fair and non-discriminate basis. The active infrastructure providers will buy bulk bandwidth from submarine cable companies, which are then delivered via optical fibre owned by the passive infrastructure provider,” Juwah said, adding that the implementation of the model will bridge the gaps in broadband deployment, eliminate last mile issue, reduce the price of bandwidth for end users and unlock the market for massive broadband usage in Nigeria.

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