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Telcos Set To Begin Deactivation Of Subscribers Without SIM-NIN Linkage

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The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), the umbrella body of telecom network providers, has announced the plan to effect the directive of disconnection of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to implement full network barring on all phone lines for which the subscribers have not submitted their national identification numbers (NINs) by February 28, 2024.

In addition, those who had submitted their NINs but have not been verified are also to be fully barred. MTN Nigeria disclosed this in a notice to the Nigeria Stock Exchange.

In the same vein, NINs that have been submitted but not verified, such lines are also to be barred on or before 29 March 2024, where five or more lines are linked to an unverified NIN.

Similarly, where less than five lines are linked to an unverified NIN, such lines are to be barred on or before 15 April 2024.

According to the directive through a statement made available to Daily Independent, all affected subscribers must be verified (biometrics and biodata) before their lines are unbarred.

Whereas this is not the first time the industry regulator is been barring his order, the latest directive came as a follow-up to the NCC’s directive on 4 April 2022 requiring operators to restrict outgoing calls (one-way barring) for subscribers whose lines are not linked with NINs.

Already some subscribers’ SIMs of a particular network have been barred as at Moofay this week, painfully, without prior notice.

MTN said it is further engaging the affected subscribers through all its channels to encourage them to submit their NINs for verification.

“As part of these efforts, we are enhancing the capacity of our various service outlets to make the process smoother and more efficient. We are committed to ensuring that our subscribers comply with the NCC directive and will continue to work with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to accelerate the NIN verification process.

“We appreciate the effort being made by the Federal Government to implement a reliable and sustainable National Identity Management system, which is a crucial enabler for national and economic development. Therefore, as a law-abiding corporate citizen and in line with our operating license requirements, we are committed to complying with the industry-wide directive from the NCC and will provide further updates to investors on progress and potential impact with the release of FY 2023 results,” MTN stated in the notice.

The company urged all its subscribers who have not yet linked their NIN to their lines to take immediate action by visiting the nearest outlet or using any of its digital channels before the deadlines. Those without a NIN are also encouraged to visit any of the NIMC’s enrollment centers nationwide to enroll for NIN.

When all the network operators commence the disconnection, following the new directive, the operators may see a further decline in their database starting from February as millions of lines currently restricted are fully barred.

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Microsoft Partners Signal Alliance Technology Holding To Drive Adoption Of AI Copilot

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Microsoft has announced the selection of Signal Alliance Technology Holding as a partner to work alongside their team in driving the adoption of Copilot for Microsoft 365.

This partnership is coming on the heels of being the Microsoft Partner of the Year in Nigeria amongst other competencies and capacity shown.

According to Ndubuisi Ogbechie, with Copilot, Microsoft as the leading global AI giant, has set the precedence for the future of work. Copilot is more than just OpenAI’s ChatGPT embedded into Microsoft 365. It’s a sophisticated processing and orchestration engine designed not just to automate but to augment business processes.

“We have extensively built the capacity required and with this partnership, we are ready to support you in the transformative journey that AI posits.

“The Co-pilot brings many benefits aimed at enhancing efficiency and driving innovation across your organisation. By harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, Copilot automates tasks, streamlines workflows, and develops custom solutions tailored to meet your business needs.

“It optimises data management processes, boosts productivity, and facilitates better decision-making, driving competitive advantage and fostering growth.

Ogbechie further stated that Copilot simplifies complex tasks, integrates seamlessly with third-party applications, and empowers you to unlock new levels of performance and innovation. It enables you to handle data more effectively, improve collaboration, and build bespoke solutions to address your unique challenges and opportunities.

“As part of our commitment to providing our customers with exceptional value, we are thrilled to harness this invaluable opportunity

“We invite you to join us on this transformative journey as we partner with the global frontrunner of the AI race.

“We are excited to announce that Microsoft has selected Signal Alliance Technology Holding as a partner to work alongside their team in driving the adoption of Copilot for Microsoft 365. This is coming on the heels of being the Microsoft Partner of the Year in Nigeria amongst other competencies and capacity shown.

“With Copilot, Microsoft as the leading global AI giant, has set the precedence for the future of work. Copilot is more than just OpenAI’s ChatGPT embedded into Microsoft 365. It’s a sophisticated processing and orchestration engine designed not just to automate but to augment business processes.

“We have extensively built the capacity required and with this partnership, we are ready to support you in the transformative journey that AI posits.

“The Co-pilot brings many benefits aimed at enhancing efficiency and driving innovation across your organisation. By harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, Copilot automates tasks, streamlines workflows, and develops custom solutions tailored to meet your business needs.

“It optimises data management processes, boosts productivity, and facilitates better decision-making, driving competitive advantage and fostering growth.

Furthermore, Copilot simplifies complex tasks, integrates seamlessly with third-party applications, and empowers you to unlock new levels of performance and innovation. It enables you to handle data more effectively, improve collaboration, and build bespoke solutions to address your unique challenges and opportunities.

As part of our commitment to providing our customers with exceptional value, we are thrilled to harness this invaluable opportunity

We invite you to join us on this transformative journey as we partner with the global frontrunner of the AI race.

Signal Alliance Technology Holdings is a leading technology group in Africa with operations in Nigeria, other parts of Africa and the Middle East.

He said its subsidiaries offer services spanning technology consulting, cloud technology, business applications, cyber security, and software development. Its venture arm has incubated or seeded companies in diverse technology and non-technology verticals including retail finance, advertising, renewable energy, agriculture, and wellness. The company was founded in 1996 as Signal Alliance and transitioned to Signal Alliance Technology Holding (SATH) in 2021.

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Abia Digital Economy/SMEs Commissioner To Revitalise Skill Acquisition Centres Across State

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Ekwuribe at the centre

 

Hon. Matthew Ekwuribe, Commissioner for SMEs/Digital Economy, visited a Digital Hub established by the late Mr. Chester Ukandu and donated to his community, Umuisiukwu Eziama Ntigha. He was there to conduct an on-the-spot assessment of the project, which had been dormant for quite some time.
The Commissioner, who was impressed with the level of equipment in the hub, praised the late Mr. Chester for empowering his community through such a project.

The Commissioner, who reassured the Dr. Alex Otti-led administration’s readiness to improve all aspects of governance in the State, promised to work with the Abia State Government and some great sons of the Ntigha Clan to reopen the Computer/Digital Hub for use by youths from Ntigha, Isiala Ngwa North, and Abia State.

The Commissioner went on to ask other communities, individuals, and LGA Mayors who have such computer hubs and other skills acquisition centres that are no longer in use to please report to his office; the Ministry of Digital Economy/SMEs to allow the Abia State Government and the owners of the Digital Hubs to dialogue and begin the process of revamping them and putting them back into use for the benefit of our people and to the glory of God.

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Bloocloud Names New Management, Forms Partnership With Zoho Corp

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Bloocloud Tek Consult Nigeria has announced a strategic partnership with Zoho Corporation, a leading global provider of cloud-based business software and web-based tools.

This collaboration expands Bloocloud’s offerings and empowers Nigerian businesses of all sizes to streamline operations and optimize growth.

Dr. Israel Atoe, the company’s Managing Director and Lead Solution Architect, revealed this in a statement today. He said, “This partnership allows us to provide tailored business management solutions to both large organizations and SMEs.”

According to Atoe, “Zoho’s integrated ecosystem and Bloocloud’s expertise will help Nigerian businesses automate processes, gain real-time insights, and ultimately achieve their goals.”

Zoho’s comprehensive suite of solutions covers diverse business needs, from customer relationship management (CRM) and project management to finance, human resources, and marketing.

Bloocloud will function as a Zoho Authorised Partner, offering subscriptions for sale, consulting services, and solution customisation for a smooth launch and continuous support.

The company also announced the appointment of Udo Otobong as its new Managing Partner. Udo brings a wealth of experience in crafting and deploying business management solutions, CRMs, and ERPs. Previously, he held a senior position at Sage where he led partner account sales in Nigeria.

“Udo’s experience and industry knowledge will be invaluable as we expand our market share and deliver cutting-edge solutions to Nigerian businesses,” said Israel Atoe. “Together with Zoho and this new leadership addition, we are confident in assisting clients’ growth and empowering their digital transformation.”

Recently, Bloocloud in collaboration with Sage and Microsoft, launched advanced business management solutions into the Nigerian market. These solutions encompass financial planning and management software integrated into larger enterprise technology platforms, enabling organisations to efficiently handle their day-to-day operations digitally.

“We’re passionate about helping our clients grow,” said Otobong.

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