Nigeria Tech News Summary – April 04, 2011 (part 2)



Following the acquisition of MultilinksTelkom by Visafone, subscribers on Multilinks networks have asked Visafone to maintain the former’s good quality of service at affordable tariffs. Visafone had, on Friday in Johannesburg, South Africa, acquired the mobile asset of MultilinksTelkom in a $52m deal.


Computer maker, Dell, has certified The Source Computers Limited as an enterprise partner in Nigeria, according to a statement on Monday. Dell said that TSC was awarded a certified status in the Dell Enterprise business because the indigenous company had deployed various enterprise solutions in various organisations across different economic sectors. According to the statement, the certification by Dell also came on the heels of the recent silver partnership status attained by TSC with NetAppa and HP


Nigeria and five other West African countries are now benefiting from a special roaming rate on the Etisalat network. The telecoms company, in a statement on Monday, said the Easy Pass service had been introduced on its network.

VConnect Global Services Limited, Nigeria’s largest local search engine that provides diverse information to subscribers, has rewarded about 95 service users with various prizes in the ongoing VConnect ‘Buzz’ contest.


The E-Payment Providers Association of Nigeria has concluded plans to brainstorm on the mobile payment system and the changing financial landscape in Nigeria. This will be done in Techno-Interactive Session coming up in May. And some of the topics to be discussed included the integrity of telecoms system for mobile payment; the creation of certainty and support for mobile banking in the Nigeria economy; managing the complex tradeoffs between growth and regulatory/legal barriers and transformational process for enabling mobile payment.


Similarly, Stakeholders in the identity management and electronic payment business have called on the Federal Government to formulate a Nigerian Mobile Commerce Strategy so as to determine what the platform will be used for. The over 120 stakeholders, who gathered at the Ennovators Breakfast series organised by financialtechnology magazine with the theme, “Harmonising SIM Registration Requirement with m-Payment KYC for Secure Mobile Commerce in Nigeria,” said it was a step that the government must take at this point. They argued that mobile payment, like other means of conducting financial transactions, was vulnerable to criminal activities,  hence the need for adherence to the Know-Your-Customer criteria in mobile payment transactions.


A technology-driven recruitment agency, Dragnet Solutions, has said it will combat examination malpractices in the country with its Computer-Based Testing technology. Speaking while unveiling the solution in Lagos on Friday, the Head, Research and Development, Dragnet Solutions, Mr. Taghogho Emefeke, said that the technology could curb examination malpractices in the country. He said that the firm had been a long advocate of tests to migrate from the paper-and-pencil testing methodology to computer-based methodology for a myriad of reasons, one of which was its arsenal against test and examination cheats.


Resourcery Plc, a Cisco certified partner, has introduced an energy management architecture that allows Information Technology operations and facilities to measure and fine-tune power usage to realise significant cost savings. The company, in a statement on Monday, said there had been an increased need for sustainable and “green” business IT operations in direct response to the rising cost of energy, environmental concerns and governmental directives.

End – April 04, 2011

Sources: Punch, Guardian, Thisday, Sun, Vanguard, TechLoy

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