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IDC to Host CIO Summit in Qatar as Digital Transformation Accelerates Ahead of FIFA World Cup 2022



IDC Hails Qatar Digital Transformation Accelerates Ahead of FIFA World Cup 2022, SiliconNigeria

The significant acceleration of digital agendas over the past two years has resulted in a continuously changing and increasingly digitally driven world. As Qatar prepares to host the FIFA World Cup later this year, unprecedented technological innovations within the country have reached all-time high.

 In fact, recent research from International Data Corporation (IDC) suggests that 57% of Qatari organizations have introduced new digital products and services over the last 12-18 months, while 70% have increased cost efficiencies through the digitalization of operations.

“CIOs in Qatar have rapidly digitalized operations and enabled new digital business models and ecosystem partnerships for the FIFA World Cup and beyond,” says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC’s group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa.

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Telecoms Industry Stakeholders Honour Airtel’s Shola Adeyemi



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L-R: Chief, Legal & Regulatory Officer/Company Secretary, Airtel Nigeria, Shola Adeyemi and Executive Secretary, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Ajibola Olude, during the Tech Innovation Awards ceremony in, Lagos recently.

Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer/Company Secretary, Airtel Nigeria, Shola Adeyemi, has been honoured by stakeholders in the tech and telecoms industry for his outstanding contributions to the development of the Nigeria’s telecoms space.

The industry stakeholders under the platforms of the Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON)  and the 6th Tech Innovation Awards, recognized Adeyemi at a colourful ceremony held last week (Saturday, 17th of September 2022) at the Lagos Oriental Hotel.

Speaking during the occasion, organizers of the awards hailed Adeyemi for championing best practices in the industry and for his commitment to the development of the tech and telecoms sector.

In his response, Adeyemi expressed appreciation to the organizers of the award for celebrating outstanding individuals and companies in the industry just as he dedicated the award to his colleagues at Airtel.

The Tech Innovation Award is considered one of the most celebrated industry awards, which has grown to be the ‘Oscars’ of the technology industry, attracting the crème de la crème and top decision makers in the sector.

The Tech Innovation Award is an award ceremony by the Association Of Telecommunication Companies Of Nigeria (ATCON) in association with InstinctWave, a B2B event management, and media solutions company.  

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Inq. Digital wins double at Tech Innovation Awards 2022



Inq. Digital wins double at Tech Innovation Awards 2022, SiliconNigeria

inq. Digital Nigeria Limited, the leading-Edge solutions provider, with innovative business-relevant services in Edge AI and IoT, SDN/SFV for Edge Cloud, Secure Access Services Edge and Elastic Edge in Nigeria, has carted home two awards “Enterprise Solutions Provider of the Year” and “Digital Services Provider of the year“ at the just concluded Tech Innovation Awards (TIA) 6th edition. The award, formerly referred to as Nigeria Tech Innovation & Telecom Awards (NTITA)has been acknowledged as the foremost and most celebrated awards in the Tech industry, it recognizes individual and organizations at the forefront of digitization with innovative products and services in the ICT sector in Nigeria.

According to the organizers, the awards come as recognition for the brand’s active involvement in deepening economic growth with the creation and provision of telecommunication solutions and support services for businesses. The recognitions equally reflect inq. Digital Nigeria’s investments in delivering innovative solutions to multinationals, government, small and medium enterprises whilst offering value and allowing them to thrive.

In his response to the honours, Mr. Valentine Chime, the Managing Director of inq. Digital Nigeria said, “We’re honoured and inspired yet again to go further and sustain our commitment to contribute to the rise of Nigeria’s ICT industry. These honours point to the fact that we are doing something differently beyond the conventional, which has earned us some of these awards consistently for half a decade. The underlying drive in these recognitions is to get better at what we do”. He added that inq. Digital Nigeria will keep walking on the path of improvement, sustaining the culture of innovation, while driving the advancement of Nigeria’s economy with products and services that aid growth and development.” According to him, “Edge AI and IoT” is playing an increasing role as an enabler of economic development. Governments across Africa continue to adopt this technology to leapfrog developmental stages, improve service delivery, supporting healthy, well-educated and economically active citizens.”

Commenting further, the Managing Director says the honour is an endorsement of the company’s commitment to the delivery of world-class impactful and enduring solutions that drive the bottom line and solve client’s business challenges in Nigeria. In his words, “Our gratitude goes to our customers, whose businesses are driving the Nigerian economy and the men and women at inq. Digital who work round the clock to support these businesses.”

It will be recalled that, inq. Digital Nigeria at various times in the past, has been adjudged winners of the prestigious TIA awards. The company has emerged winners in categories such as; Telecom Business of the Year and Enterprise Solutions Provider of the Year, Internet of Things Solutions Provider of the Year and also the award for the Unified Communications Provider of the Year.

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NCC Assures of Robust Digital Infrastructure for Improved Financial Services



NCC Assures of Robust Digital Infrastructure for Improved Financial Services, SiliconNigeria

…Sets up TELCARE Desk for enhancing consumer protection

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reaffirmed its commitment to accelerate deployment of robust broadband infrastructure accessible to all Nigerians. This is to enhance their access to the required resources to carry out seamless digital financial services, irrespective of their locations and circumstances.

The Commission gave the assurance at a programme organised to commemorate Year 2022 World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD). At the programme which took place at the Commission’s Head Office in Abuja on March 15, 2022, and implemented in the context of the global theme: ‘Fair Digital Finance’, the Management of NCC announced the establishment of a dedicate desk, tagged: “TELCARE” to be operated across the country to enhance telecoms consumer protection.

Attendance and participation at the event, operated in-person and virtually, was overwhelming. Board members, senior management and staff of the Commission, collaborating agencies and other critical industry stakeholders were among the participants. The event also ran concurrently with a roadshow carried out in Abuja and other NCC zonal offices in different parts of the country, to enlighten telecom consumers on the significance of the WCRD and to engage them on the NCC’s unwavering commitment to consumer protection.

Speaking at the event, the Chairman, Board of Commissioners of NCC, Prof. Adeolu Akande, said in line with NCC’s mandates, the Board and Management have been upbeat in implementing regulatory initiatives aimed at building a robust digital ecosystem to drive the frontier of digital economy with positive impacts on all other sectors in the nation’s economy.

Alluding to the theme of the WCRD 2022, Akande said considering the increasing number of telecom consumers who are also users of digital finance services, the Commission is working assiduously to ensure that all consumers, including the most vulnerable, are provided with access to manage their finances, and protected from scams, fraud, and phishing to safeguard their data.

Earlier in his keynote address, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said the theme of this year’s WCRD aligns with the emerging realities of the regulatory goals of the Commission. He informed the audience that the Commission is aware of the dynamic changes in the telecom industry, even as the Commission consolidated the growth in the telecommunication sector since the sector’s liberalisation in 2001.

Danbatta stated that the growth in the telecom industry has led to convergence in different sectors, especially between telecoms and financial service sector. According to him, there is no greater demonstration of this than the fact that financial transactions that were once conducted in-person at banking halls are now undertaken on consumers’ mobile devices. “Financial and commercial activities have been digitised, and the most common of this is the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), which has brought ease to financial transactions,” he said.

Danbatta declared that NCC embarked on various initiatives including the licensing of Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos), effective utilization of spectrum, industry collaboration to address operators’ challenges, increased collaborations with relevant government agencies such as the Central Bank of Nigeria. A central objective of these initiatives is to ensure availability, accessibility and affordability of ubiquitous broadband services to drive growth in all sectors, including financial services sector.

The EVC explained further that the Commission has been working hard to ensure that broadband penetration gets to every part of the country. He asserted that the number of active mobile subscriptions reached 195.4 million while Internet subscription has exceeded 141 million, because there has been increasing broadband penetration which stood at 40.88 per cent as at December 2021.

“Despite some of the challenges confronting the sector, telecommunications remained an enablers of growth in the Nigerian economy, in the year 2021. The Information and Communications sector contributed over N17 trillion to the nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics,” Danbatta said to put the contribution of telecom and ICT in context that the audience could relate with.

Also, consistent with NCC’s focus to ensure that consumers get satisfaction, Danbatta disclosed that the Commission had finalised arrangements to establish the Telecom Consumer Assistance, Resolution and Enquiries (TELCARE) Desk. The Desk, he said, will be strategically located in different parts of the county to serve as an additional platform to receive and facilitate the resolution of consumer complaints.

According to him, the Desk will also provide a means through which consumers and citizens can make inquiries on consumer issues; provide a platform for advocacy on any topical consumer issues and concerns, and further enhance awareness of the Commission’s activities. He said the Desk will complement other existing initiatives of the Commission aimed at protecting the interest, privileges and rights of the consumers.

The EVC’s submissions were underscored by the Commission’s Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management, Adeleke Adewolu, who declared that the theme of the WCRD is a reminder that “we all have the responsibility to protect the consumer from market abuses, exploitation, and injustices that erode the consumer’s rights, especially with respect to using digital financial services.”

Representatives of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), CBN, Association of Licensed Telecom Operators (ALTON), the Industry Consumer Advisory Forum (ICAF), National Disability Empowerment Forum (NDEF), telecom operators, among other stakeholders, commended the Commission for all its consumer-centric initiatives and assured of their continuing collaboration towards creating a safer cyber space for digital service users in Nigeria.

Earlier, as part of the activities slated for this year’s commemoration of the WCRD, the NCC had, on Monday, March 14, 2022, organised a debate for secondary school students in Abuja. The debate focused on how the students use mobile devices to enhance their academic performances. The Commission seized the opportunity of the debate to enlighten the students on their rights and privileges, and to discuss other activities of the Commission.

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