Nigeria Tech News Summary – April 05, 2011

West African Aluminum Products Plc that purchased NECOM House where NITEL SAT-3 Station is situated has asked NITEL to vacate or pay annual rent of N961m on the property. But NITEL is fighting that due process was not followed in selling the property.


Panabiz International has introduced Canon’s latest Image Runner Advance, IRA, series of heavy duty photocopiers which will help to ensure advanced documents workflow and productivity in offices in Nigeria.


About 200 students from secondary schools across Lagos State participated in the just concluded Nigerian Digital Sense Africa forum held in Lagos last week. The school leavers have been tasked to seek self-employment through software writing, incubation, and development – the 21st century holds a lot of opportunities in this area.


The Nigerian Communications Commission has said in Abuja that it is ready to partner with the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria, ISPON, in the establishment of the national working group on telecommunications software services transactions and billing systems.


The Federal Government has named former Science and Technology Minister, Prof. Turner Isoun as the Chairman of Nigerian Communications Satellite, NigComSat Limited Board.


Networking and technology company, Cisco has enrolled at least its 1 millionth concurrent student for its corporate social responsibility program, the Cisco Networking Academy. A pioneering example of cloud-based education delivery, the Networking Academy teaches students how to design, build, troubleshoot, and secure computer networks for increased access to career and economic opportunities in communities around the world.


In appreciation of the contributions of its dealers and partners across the country to the successes and growth of its business in 2010, Samsung Mobile last week, in a ceremonial atmosphere, feted its dealers to hobnob with them on issues of mutual benefit.

The Minister of Science and Technology Prof. Mohammed Abubakar last week at the 2nd scientific briefing on the utilization of research and development, R&D, listed about 72 products, developed by its parastatals for commercialization to improve standard of living of the people.


A new report at the 11th edition of International Telecommunication Union’s, (ITU) flagship ICT regulatory report, Trends in Telecommunication Reform has revealed that effective ICT regulation is critical to all economic growth. It noted that access to mobile networks is now available to 90% of the world’s population overall. Of people living in rural areas, 80% now have mobile cellular coverage. Similarly, titans of Tech lectures conclude that effective regulation in the nation can check cyber crime.


Samsung Mobile last week advanced its fight with Apple, on who stays at the top of the growing Nigerian tab market. This is as it partnered with Nigeria’s leading telecommunications operator, MTN to load some of its phones, including the Samsung Galaxy tab with exclusive MTN bundle offers .


The global software giant, Microsoft Corp, Tuesday, announced the launch of the latest version of the world’s most-used browser, Internet Explorer 9 in 40 languages around the world, including English, French, and Portuguese for Africa


Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria, ISPON has alerted the nation on the poor interest in locally developed software.


Premier private submarine network cable company in West Africa, Main One cables has announced Cisco’s “Internet Protocol Next- Generation Network” (IP-NGN) as its choice solution to take its broadband capacity in West Africa to the next level.



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

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