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Revisiting Mobile Number Portability: Biggest Gainers And Losers

With the freedom granted to consumers to finally switch mobile phone networks without losing their phone numbers, the telecommunications space in Nigeria has gotten more interesting. Different people speculated on how many people had moved from their old networks. In the midst of this, nothing concrete was proven, at least not until Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) released official assessments last week.

The assessment revealed some interesting facts. According to the NCC reports, MTN Nigeria came off the worst, with a total loss amounting to 49% of the overall number of subscribers who switched service providers. Effectively, the mobile number portability scheme has provided subscribers with an opportunity to protest non-performance or unsatisfactory services they might have been getting from networks.

Nigeria, now with over 100 million active subscribers, is a huge market for telcos. As such, the numbers show that there is a vast field for competition, and networks which offer great quality of service, good customer service, loyalty rewards and other value added services, stand a great chance of coming out tops. Interestingly according to the ratings, Etisalat was shown to have had the least number of subscribers leaving, and the most number of subscribers switching networks to their platform. With a claim of 44% of total number of subscribers porting in the first month, Etisalat Nigeria recorded the biggest gain.

Many would remember the controversial ads which emerged on the same day the mobile number portability scheme was launched in April, popularly referred to as the “Saka don Port” saga. Well, the figures are proving that the reverse is the case, as MTN Nigeria lost with huge numbers while Etisalat gained more. The others find themselves in between with Globacom being next on the losers list with 23%, and Airtel Nigeria faring a little better than both of them at 17%. These are  according to the NCC figures from May.

The quality of service being provided on the platforms seemed to have been the core deciding factor. Citing number portability as one of the gains of the 12th year of commercial roll out of GSM services in Nigeria, Mr Tony Ojobo, the Director of Public Affairs for the NCC, highlighted that the competition has gotten a lot keener, and this works in the interest of the consumers.

Although the figures are not permanent, they may just be forecast of things to come. Some say “Saka might have joined the wrong team,” but that takes nothing away from MTN Nigeria, as they remain the network with the largest number of subscribers. Arguably, they have led the way since 2001 when the very first GSM call in Nigeria was made. But even at that, the freedom to move lines from one network to another would see them having to tighten their belts if they are to retain the lead.

We can only look forward to subsequent reports from the NCC to be able to state categorically who leads and who lags. Until then, it would be up to the networks to up their game, and for the subscribers to determine if their best is good enough.

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Nigeria Stock Exchange To Run On Microsoft Technology

Microsoft Nigeria has introduced a new technology solution (X-Gen) to the Capital Market operators. This announcement was made last week at the X-Gen expo organised by the Nigeria Stock Exchange. X-Gen is a new electronic trading platform that will allow stockbrokers and other stakeholders access the market anywhere and anytime.

The X-Gen Expo was a platform where market shareholders and solution providers discussed the features of the X-Gen solution. The system is expected to improve transparency, market access, audit trail and provide efficient price discovery in the market, thereby enabling investors to realise their investment objectives by using products currently offered at the exchange in more meaningful ways.

Speaking on new trading possibilities for the Nigerian capital market, Ade Bajomo, Executive Director, Market Operations and Technology at the NSE, noted that the new trading models will support algorithm trading, customer driven electronic trading, direct market access and high frequency trading.

In his remarks, Oscar Onyema, Chief Executive Officer, NSE described the X-Gen Expo as the first of its kind since inception of the NSE in 1960 and stated that “X-Gen symbolises NSE’s untiring commitment to delivering a first rate technology platform that will enable our members build and grow their businesses, and the investing community experience a more efficient market when they buy and sell securities.”

There was also a panel where issues relating to Service Providers, Telco, Hardware and Security were discussed. Adefolu Majekodunmi, Channels and Partners Director, Microsoft Nigeria said: “Microsoft is working with the NSE to provide top notch technology at the right price to capital market operators. We do this through cloud service provisioning at a low cost and without infrastructure cost.”

The Microsoft Channels and Partners Director further explained that Microsoft has the expertise both in terms of expertise and personnel to enable the NSE achieve its objectives and as well provide application requirements for capital market operators. He mentioned that “there are two aspects on how  Microsoft’s licensed software can be made available to the industry in order to avoid patronage of pirated software that – knowing where to buy licensed software and creating awareness around issues that may arise as a result of buying pirated software. He added that the second is affordability, stating that Microsoft provides significantly affordable software”.

Also on display at the Microsoft exhibition stand was the Microsoft Office 365, a cloud service which requires no hardware investment. The Expo provided market operators the opportunity to learn more about the potential business impact of Office 365 and explore its power and functionality during a hands-on demo by officials of Ha-shem Network Services Limited, a Certified Microsoft Gold Partner.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft Office 2013: What’s New?

The Microsoft Office 365 has the potential to fuel business and economic transformation by delivering cost-effective, flexible access to enterprise-class IT and also provides the productivity backbone for modern businesses. Office 365 also brings together Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online in an always-up-to-date service, at affordable cost. These tools put email, voice-mail, enterprise social networking, instant messaging, Web portals, extranets, video conferencing, web conferencing and more at everyone’s fingertips.

In terms of accessibility, Microsoft has over 2,000 partners that sell software, and that the latest addition to getting genuine software is through the cloud for best e-mails, data and storage without customers having to host the infrastructure in their offices.

About Microsoft

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MTN Nigeria And Eskimi Introduce New Data Bundle

MTN launched a new data bundle to provide affordable access to Eskimi, a 6 million size mobile social network in Nigeria. The bundle is available in two packages: weekly for 25 Naira and monthly for 60 Naira. Users of Eskimi bundle can enjoy browsing Eskimi for the selected period without any additional charge.

The solution will allow bundle users to browse all Eskimi pages: messages, profiles, fan clubs, chat rooms, forums, music content for a small weekly or monthly fee and at a fair usage data cap.

SEE ALSO: Jobberman Gets Social Right By Teaming Up With Eskimi

MTN Nigeria subscribers can order Eskimi bundle by sending SMS ESKW for a weekly plan or ESKM for a monthly data bundle to the short code 131. The bundle can also be activated by USSD dialling *662*1*3# and selecting the preferred bundle option.

Vytas Paukstys, CEO of Eskimi, says: “We are happy to announce this partnership with the largest telecommunications provider in Nigeria. Eskimi users are staying online on average for one hour every day. This will be good news for Eskimi members, as they will enjoy the service and also save money”.

Larry Annetts, CMO of MTN Nigeria says: “Eskimi has shown tremendous growth in Nigeria, hitting a 6 million user mark this year in just few years after the service was launched in Nigeria. As clear leaders in the mobile internet market in Nigeria, and in line with our promise to offer flexible and affordable internet service options to our esteemed customers; we are happy to partner with Eskimi in introducing these new Eskimi data bundle plans. We are sure Eskimi members will enjoy the new bundles and browse more”.

Guess, web browsing just got more social, and Eskimi once again is at the forefront having brought social music with iROKING, and jobs with Jobberman in the past.

HackHackers Lagos Converge For Data Journalism – June 29, CcHub

Data Journalism, amazing and emerging new field sits in the front row of data, and is a part of the new culture of going beyond the long narratives and revealing the underlying data in an open, linked and engaging way. With the use of data, number crunching, statistics, charts, graphs or infographics, data journalism seeks to better explain and provide context to a news story.

Newsrooms such as Guardian UK have a dedicated blog focused on using data in a creative way. Other international newspapers are using the best of form of visualisations to interprete data.  Examples of the last US elections data which were visualized by over 12 news websites can be seen here.

SEE ALSO: Internet Freedom at Risk in Nigeria: Paradigm Initiative Nigeria Releases Policy Brief

In Nigeria, Premium Times did an amazing story which revealed the underlying data on how Nigerian foreign embassies budgets billions for generators. Oluseun Onigbinde in his blog posts on the ScoopNG has also shown the use of simple graphics to drive his point, and thus taking a step further to kick-start Open Data and Data Journalism, Saturday June 29, 2013 at the Co-Creation Hub in Sabo, Yaba this Saturday from 11am.

This event is open to everyone interested in data and willing to start the journey of making something out of it, especially developers who are interested in working with journalists, designers for data visualization,  civil society actors, everyday people, and online media/bloggers.

This is a new field that promises excitement, and more information can be found here.

OpenApps Crosses 1 Million Collective Visits With Interesting Outcomes

The Co-Creation Hub in a bid to improve the quality of digital business in the local space,  launched an initiative – Open Apps, and having gotten support from a few players have been able to cross the first million collective visits from different sites, analysing data such as browsers, devices, and operating systems.

READ: Co-Creation Hub: Figuring Out The Tech Landscape Together With Open Apps

OpenApps, a market intelligence system that aggregates Internet users behavior from multiple high traffic sources to support the development of intuitive digital businesses in Nigeria, seem to be doing very well, as the numbers have climbed by +400,000 (as at the time of writing) from when the tweet below went out 3 hours earlier.

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Interesting Stats

Device

Mobile and PC are at loggerhead for device, at 45% and 48% respectively, leaving a meagre 5% for tablets.

Operating System

Windows OS takes the lead at 40%, and that makes sense due to it’s PC dominance, and BlackBerry comes after with 14% – mobile dominance? Apple leads Android by 2% with a huge chunk of ‘Other’ OS with 33% (more analysis needed here)

Browser

Opera (assuming mobile) takes the lead on the browser front with 26%, while Firefox leads on the PC front, followed by Chrome, and then Internet explorer. Safari, Android, and BlackBerry pops up too in this space.

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UPDATE: openapps crosses N2M visits as at 12 June 2013

Open Data: Fostering Innovation In Nigeria [Hangout Session] – June 14

Open Data is a project geared towards making data from the public and private sectors readily available for consumption or use. It is usually structured in a managed framework that makes it easily accessible and utilized by anyone interested in the particular data.

In the modern economy, one of the key drivers, which also causes innovation to thrive in any country, is the availability of structured data. This becomes beneficial when presented in ways machines and humans can access, understand and employ to make decisions as well as develop creative solutions.

To support the cause for Open Data in Nigeria, the Open Data Initiative is organizing its first ever hangout session on June 14, 2013. Everyone, especially anyone interested in providing and accessing relevant data in Nigeria today, is invited to join in. We will be discuss some of the challenges faced, consider progressive strategies and craft a comprehensive way forward.

Among the participants joining in the hangout session, we have Gbenga Sesan, Budgit Nigeria, Resourcedat, OpenGovernment Nigeria and Revenue Watch, among others.

In a chat with the project lead, Francis Osifo, he said, “In this age, it is quite critical for governments, organizations and individuals to recognize the huge significance of gathering, structuring and making data available for use. It provides a very helpful leverage platform which can be deployed to solve many of the issues affecting us today.”

Open data can bring about the development of amazing solutions which have the potential to transform businesses and, in turn, the lives of Nigerians. This is why we should maintain the highest standards and continually push for the availability and sharing of data that could help in driving innovation in Nigeria.

The hangout will hold between 3pm and 4pm (GMT +1) on Friday, June 14, 2013. You can register to be part of the hangout session here.

Whether you are a developer, data analyst, data owner, technology enthusiast, business owner or student, you play a huge role in making this work. Join the conversation and be part of the people committed to crafting innovative solutions through open data.

OpenData is an offshoot of the Open Governance project – an initiative, geared towards creating a platform which affords clear cut interaction between the people and their representatives in government.

Crunching Data For Nigeria Business At May Edition Of #MoMoNigeria

Data is a way for Nigerian businesses, especially the dotcom businesses, to make informed decisions on how to move forward. That’s why the Mobile Monday Nigeria team are focusing on data in their May edition, where questions around big data, the requirements to analyse large data sets and the kind of information that can be derived from data will be answered.

Big data is a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications.

Analysis of this data allows correlations to be found to spot business trends, determine quality of research, prevent diseases, link legal citations, combat crime, and determine real-time roadway traffic conditions. This clearly shows the importance of Big Data.

The May edition of Mobile Monday Nigeria will hold on the 27th of May, 2013 between 5pm and 8pm at E-Learning Centre, Odunlami Street, CBD (Central Business District), Lagos. Register here to attend.

Discover Browser Beauty With Opera For Android

There’s a lot of thought that goes into choosing the best. A decent lump of cash, some serious research and a lot of thought are what most people put into purchasing their new Android smartphone. Why not make sure it’s also set up to discover the best new stuff on the web? The Opera for Android browser, now out in the final version, gives you the easiest, fastest way to discover a world of new content on your Android phone.

Opera has rethought, redesigned and rebuilt the browser experience into a thing of beauty. But what is beauty without brains? Opera for Android has something for both brain hemispheres.

The interface of Opera has been redesigned, with a lighter color scheme, and made super intuitive to use. Opera for Android brings a new perspective of the web to your smartphone, ready to go after a quick and free install from the Google Play store. It’s our Discover feature, and you’re going to call it the best thing to happen to a browser since the back button.

With Discover, finding new and inspiring articles is just a quick swipe to the right from your home screen. It’s like having an itsy-bitsy personal assistant in the browser, scouting out the hottest news and feeding it to people as they like. Pick your interests from categories such as Arts, News, Technology and more, and get back to discovering the internet all over again. It’s all automatic, already installed in your Opera browser for Android.

“Most people just see a fraction of what the web has to offer,” says Rikard Gillemyr, EVP of Consumer Products at Opera Software. “We check out the same sites every day, and you can get through with the latest news after just a short bus ride. We wanted to give people a relaxed way of discovering interesting articles and checking them out without any extra effort.”

Goin’ all-terrain

That maxed out, top-tier, faster-than-greased-lightning data plan is great, sure. But there are still times when even the best data connection just does not cut it: the moment at the stadium after your home team wins and everyone gets on Facebook, the bad coverage at the beach, or that ridiculously expensive search for a restaurant when traveling abroad and roaming.

Meet our Off-Road feature, which will get you out of even the most sluggish networks, all over the world.

The Off-Road feature offers data compression, which reduces the amount of data traffic while browsing on your Android phone. Just flick a switch and Opera for Android starts saving you time on bad connections and money when roaming during traveling.

Beauty and the browser

Beauty is more than skin deep in Opera for Android. Sure, there’s a sleek, easy-to-use interface and elegant Speed Dial that can now hold all your bookmarks in an easier way than before.

In Opera for Android, beauty is expressed in functions such as text reflow that lets people view web text at any zoom level without scrolling sideways. There’s elegance in the revamped and combined address and search field for super easy access. Switching between several open webpages is easy as a swipe of the finger in a visual overview of the open pages, and everything is built on a new foundation based on Chromium to ensure better compatibility with websites. All things that make you go “Huh. That’s clever.”

Download the free Opera for Android from Google Play Store or m.opera.com for any mobile phone running Android 2.3 or above, and get the best web experience on your Android phone.

About Opera Software ASA

The worldwide World Wide Web — any device, any platform, any bandwidth, absolutely anywhere in the world. Opera Software was founded in 1994, based on the idea that access to the web should be a universal right. 300 million people (and counting) use the Opera web browsers for computers, mobile phones, TVs and other connected devices. Learn more about Opera at opera.com.

Co-Creation Hub: Figuring Out The Tech Landscape Together With Open Apps

The Co-Creation Hub  recently launched an initiative – Open Apps, to help improve the quality of digital business in Nigeria, and now needs your support to bring it to life on a scale where the impact can benefit everybody involved.

Market intelligence on the local technology sector (web and mobile) is currently fragmented, expensive and often inaccessible. With increased activities across board to accelerate technology entrepreneurship in Nigeria, we feel the urge to scientifically address this challenge amidst the obvious barriers to gathering and making such intelligence available.

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OpenApps is a market intelligence system that aggregates Internet users behavior from multiple high traffic sources to support the development of intuitive digital businesses in Nigeria.

It is worth mentioning that OpenApps ONLY aggregates non-personal data on Internet users behavior from participating websites.

The aggregation is made possible by members of the “collective” who volunteer valuable information from their online platforms to contribute to the development of the Nigerian technology ecosystem.

Getting Involved:

CcHUB and the OpenApps “collective” invites you to support the initiative by joining and volunteering information from your web platforms to the collective.

To join, simply visit openapps.com.ng - follow the steps on how to “Grab Your Code”. You’ll see an on-screen message and also receive an email on how to embed the code. Once embedded – you’re live and the community can then benefit from your support.

You’ll find the list of web platforms that are already contributing to the OpenApps “collective” on this link: openapps.com.ng/members

Do note that hub’s is only seeking the participation of websites targeted at Nigerian consumers. If you need additional information,  feel free to contact the CcHub.

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Airtel Offers Exclusive WhatsApp Data Application Packages

Established telecoms services provider, Airtel Nigeria has introduced WhatsApp data application packages to its subscribers.

Airtel Nigeria has secured exclusive rights to offer WhatsApp data application packages to subscribers.

This follows a cross-promotion agreement with “WhatsApp Inc.” which gives Airtel Nigeria the exclusive right to launch WhatsApp packages in Nigeria.

Speaking on the new offer, Olu Akanmu, the Chief Marketing Officer of Airtel Nigeria, described the WhatsApp data bundle service as the first of its kind in the country. He said that it would provide great a channel to connect Nigerian youths to their friends with unlimited access.

To access the Airtel WhatsApp bundle, customers are to dial *948# at N100/month to enjoy the service exclusively on Airtel platform.

According to him, the new package, which is available to all prepaid subscribers, attracts no deductions from the user’s data bundle or airtime balance.

Customers who activate data bundles of 200MB or more can also enjoy unlimited access to WhatsApp without having to pay for the value-added service.

WhatsApp is considered one of the most popular mobile applications worldwide, owned by WhatsApp Inc. The application allows instant chat features, file & location sharing and more via smart phones through the Internet; recently rumored to have gotten a $1 billion offer from Google to sell.

While some may be excited about this new development, others have expressed disgust as other networks could easy provide cheaper data plans, thus rendering the exclusive deal somewhat worthless. What do you think?

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