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Despite unprecedented growth in the numbers of e-commerce companies throwing their hearts into the ring in the Nigerian market; the Chief Financial Officer of one of the country’s leading online retail stores, Konga.com, Mr. Shola Adekoya, has revealed that the country still has a long way to go in order to be at similar level with the United States and other countries. Mr. Adekoya was speaking at the Harvard Business School (HBS) Alumni meeting, which was held in Lagos at the weekend. He said the e-commerce sector in the country is still at its early stage of growth. “E-commerce is still at the very early stage,” he said, adding: “We are far behind a lot of countries. There are still a lot of brick and mortar stores around,” Adekoya said. The e-commerce sector in Nigeria is projected
In a bid to further enhance the process of bank verification of customers across the nation, the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) said it has entered into partnership with telecom operators in Nigeria. The partnership will enable bank customers who have already completed their BVN registration to use their telephone numbers to request for their BVN from the NIBSS at anytime. However, this will be made possible by dialling the short code *565*0# on any of the telecom networks. Reportedly, only telephone numbers submitted by customers during the registration process can be used for the service. Only one (Etisalat) out of four of the GSM operators in the country has gone live with the service, while Airtel is not far off. However, Airtel customers will be able to make use of the ...
The Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has warned telecom operators in the country that tough times await them in 2016, should the present administration continues with the current Tax and Levies Act 2015, which was signed by the former Minister of Finance during the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The Executive Secretary of ALTON, Mr. Gbolahan Awonuga made the declaration at the quarterly seminar series of the Nigerian Information and Communications Technology Reporters Association (NITRA). Mr. Awonuga said the amended act, which contains the amended law on harmonisation of taxes and levies in states and local government, without any particular rate, would give the lower tiers of government more power to increase levies much to the de
Kenyan telecom operator, Safaricom, has teamed up with USIU-Africa to launch a one-year mentorship programme, which will enable students in Kenya undertake degree courses at university level. The programme will also see undergraduates pairing with mentors from Safaricom. The mentorship programme is being introduced as a pilot program, and is the first of its kind for the telecom giant. This is seen as a step towards bridging the divide in skills gap between what corporate organizations need and what graduates are trained in. The Safaricom USIU-Africa Mentorship Programme is designed to connect 20 Kenyan students to 20 mentors that will be drawn from the telecom company’s Women in Leadership and Women in Technology teams. As a part of the programme, students will also be mentored by Sa
MTN South Africa has announced that it will zero-rate data usage for subscribers streaming content on its FrontRow service. This latest move by the telecommunications company is aimed at raising the stake in the highly competitive video-on-demand (VOD) industry in the country. This means the company has stolen a match on its rivals; especially with Netflix set to launch its service in South Africa in 2016. The company’s decision to zero-rate data usage means customers can now watch video content streamed over its network without incurring charges for data usage. With FrontRow, customers are able to access 2,300 hours of content, including popular shows like The Office, Sherlock, 30 Rock and Mad Men. They will also be able to watch music videos, documentaries, movies and children’s progra
Orange Telecom in partnership with HelloAsso, a France-based crowdfunding organization for charity organization, has announced the launch of Orange Collecte, which is a mobile crowdfunding platform in Côte d’Ivoire on Friday. When fully launched, Orange Collecte will allow users to initiate fundraising campaigns; but will only be accessible to Orange Money customers alone. This means customers who wish to initiate the crowdfunding process will be required to dial #144*8# on a mobile device or via collecte.orange.com. The service is available to charity organizations, but on condition that they have an Orange Money account dedicated to the organization (the charity organization). All proceeds will then be transferred to the user’s Orange Money account. “With this platform, private indivi
Seagate, one of America’s leading data storage companies is planning to extend its services to South Africa before the end of September. The move by Seagate, which is the first of its kind outside the country by the company, will be hosted in Teraco, according to Techcentral. The services will be in partnership with local partner, Sithabile Technology Services; a leading provider of edge-to-core data backup, archive and recovery management solutions. “The solution will offer 2PB (2,048TB) of storage at launch, but will expand rapidly from there,” said Peter Blaauw CEO of Sithabile Technology Services. “Comparatively speaking, we are competitive with the [Microsoft] Azures and the Amazons of the world, but we have a bit of a head-start in South Africa because of the time it will take [for
In a bid to overcome erratic supply of electricity, which has been a major stumbling block in its determination to deliver world-class banking services to its customers, Stanbic Bank Ghana has deployed solar-enabled ATMs in some parts of the country. Solar-enabled ATMs will not only help the bank overcome its electricity challenges; it will also help the bank to save costs. It will also boost the company’s efforts at going green and provide customers with uninterrupted banking services throughout the day. According to Farihan Alhassan, Head of Customer Channels, Stanbic Bank Ghana, clients need to get access to their money whenever the need arises. “As a customer conscious bank, we definitely need to make sure that clients readily access their money whenever they want. We wanted to prev
Despite having just 6.8 percent broadband penetration, which is one of the lowest in the world, Nigeria remains the number one market for cloud computing. This statement is credited to the Chief Executive Officer of MainOne Technologies, Ms. Funke Opeke. Mrs Opeke disclosed this during the launch of her company's new cloud computing based solution. The new cloud computing based solution is in partnership with the company’s data centre subsidiary MDX-i. The solution, according to Mrs Opeke, who is one of Nigeria’s foremost executives in the communications sector, is built on Microsoft Azure’s enterprise grade infrastructure, which provides flexible, highly available and fully secure private computing environments to companies on a Pay-as-you-Go basis. The MainOne CEO added that with
Nigeria and Kenya have been ranked by social media giant Facebook as the two countries with the highest numbers of active mobile users in Africa. This means the countries are the number one frontier markets for the medium in terms of mobiles to like, share and upload content on the social network. Nigeria and Kenya have a combined 19.5 million users in a 30-day-period monitored by Facebook; with Nigeria having almost three times as much as the figure posted by Kenya. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country has 15 million users monthly on Facebook, while Kenya has 4.5 million during the same period. With this figure released by Facebook, the two countries are now regarded as important entry points for mobile technology on a continent that boasts of close to 1 billion people. “Mobile is
MTN Nigeria has launched a surprise package for their roaming customers by announcing free roaming charges on incoming calls and SMS to fifteen countries. Customers will not be charged for SMS and calls received when they will be visiting these locations. MTN has decided to offer free incoming calls and messages to their customers while they are on roaming service in 15 different nations i.e. United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Canada, Italy, France, Belgium, Malaysia, Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kenya and Ghana. Coming to the plan details proper, any customer of MTN Nigeria who wants to avail this free roaming service has to either recharge their number by a minimum of NGN 2000 cumulatively or as a single recharge in the same calendar month of travel
Safaricom, the Kenyan mobile telecom firm has announced that they will open M-PESA’s API for developers. With this, Safaricom is expecting that developers' apps that are compatible with the M-PESA portal, will subscribe to M-PESA data and infrastructure bundles which will attract some charges. Safaricom experts are also expecting that they will come up in the market with a state of art solutions like business to consumer (B2C), consumer to business (C2B), business to business (B2B) and more creativity and innovative apps. According to Betty Mwangi, director of the Safaricom’s financial services, Safaricom had always worked for new innovations as innovation is the heart of the company. Not only that, he also accepted the fact that this innovation is not coming up only by Safaricom’s en
Stakeholders in Nigeria’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT), have called on the Federal Government to improve the penetration of broadband in the country. According to the stakeholders, this will help to accelerate national development in Africa’s most populous country. With improved penetration, more people in the urban and rural areas of the country will be able to have access to broadband connection. The group, which spoke under the aegis of Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), said the country needs to drive broadband penetration due to its numerous benefits to the country’s economy. Speaking on behalf of the group, Mr. Lanre Ajayi, the President of ATCON said broadband could “promote every sector of the Nigerian economy, from education, to he
The management of one of Africa’s leading mobile telecommunications company, MTN Nigeria, has issued a statement where it apologizes to its subscribers for congestion caused by SIM validation and revalidation. The exercise, which is ongoing, is causing untold hardship to subscribers, with hundreds of thousands of them having to stay on the queue to have their SIM cards validated or revalidated as the case may be. In a statement signed by the company’s Corporate Services Executive, Akinwale Goodluck, MTN said everything is being done to ameliorate the conditions at the service centres. “We wish to apologise to all our customers who are experiencing difficulty with the ongoing SIM registration/revalidation exercise. Affected customers can revalidate their registration details at all MTN s
Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Singtel and Telefonica have all joined forces to connect the startup ecosystem in Africa with other continents such as Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. Doing this, the four telecom giants hope they will help to boost the growth of eligible startups, while also helping them to launch beyond their respective home markets. On the other hand, the startups will also have the benefits of being able to access the resources and network of the four world renowned telecom giants in the aforementioned continents. In a news release by one of the four companies, Orange, the objectives of the partnership will be executed through their startup innovation arms: Singtel Innov8 (Singtel), Orange Fab (Orange ), hub:raum (Deutsche Telekom) and Telefónica Open Future
Users in three of Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa will now be able to access free audio conferencing courtesy of the world’s largest free conference calling service, FreeConferenceCall.com. With this launch, users in those three countries will now be able to make free audio conferencing as well as access other features such as audio recording and mobile applications. Those to benefit from the service include; businesses, charities, NGOs, and other consumers, who will now have immediate access to conference calling services with the company’s simple user interface. Users in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa will be able to host close to 1,000 callers on an unlimited number of six-hour conference calls. “Giving people immediate access to free conference calling a
Viacom, an American global mass media company is on the verge of rolling out its TV applications called Viacom Play Plex. Markets in Nigeria, South Africa and 178 other countries of the world will be able to access Viacom Play Plex, which is a suite of mobile apps. The global media giant also announced that there will be a different mobile app for each of its major international TV channel brands. Channels such as Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and BET will each offer a video-on-demand (VOD) access to a variety of content. “Mobile TV viewers everywhere will enjoy an intuitive, video-focused user interface and enhanced video player, which reduces loading and buffering times, as well as an algorithmic menu that adapts to their tastes,” said Bob Bakish, President and CEO, Viacom Interna
WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app, has now crossed the landmark of 900 million active users. Jan Koum, co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp made the announcement via Facebook. He also added that this number is 100 million more than they had in April this year and 300 million more compared with August last year’s statistics. Not only reaching this landmark, WhatsApp has become the second non-Google app on Google Play Store to cross the landmark of a billion downloads. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and the founder of Facebook, has also appreciated this landmark by posting a greeting message on his official Facebook page. After acquiring the social messaging app WhatsApp for 19 billion US dollars last year, Mark Zuckerberg earlier noted that until and unless the facility reaches the landmark
Renowned Nigerian mobile outfit ChamsMobile and Skye Bank have partnered to introduce an all new virtual VISA card, aiming to expand the financial climate in Nigeria by providing each and every Nigerian mobile banking and card solution at a very low cost. The VISA card doesn't require a permanent bank account or any kind of documentation to be ushered to a user. The online application process can be completed in 15 minutes and the applicant will receive the card in less than 72 hours. This VISA card will available in digital format with an option for physical card if preferred by the customer. The card will be accepted in all outlets where VISA logo is found. Gavin Young, the deputy managing director of ChamsMobile explained briefly about this card in the launch ceremony. He said the car...