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LAGOS — SmartCash Payment Service Bank Ltd., (SmartCash PSB) will revolutionise the financial services landscape as it becomes operational in the country, says Airtel Africa. Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, the Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Africa made this known in a statement made available to Nigerian Exchange Ltd. (NGX) on Thursday in Lagos. Ogunsanya said that the services would initially be available at selected retail touch-points, while the operations would be expanded gradually across the country...

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Google on Tuesday said that 60 eligible  black-founded  start-ups  would receive  a total of four million dollars  in the second  cohort  of Google  for Start-up  Black Founders Fund  (BFF) Mr. Folarin Aiyegbusi, Google’s Head of Start-up Ecosystem, Africa,  made this known in a statement announcing the opening of applications for Google for Start-up Black Founders Fund for Africa. Aiyegbusi said that following the success of the first cohort in 2021, Google increased its commitment in 2022 with additional...

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Google has launched an autofill system called Virtual Card Numbers on its Chrome browser, which will let users hide their credit or debit card numbers while making purchases on the web. Google made the announcement on Wednesday at its annual developer conference. According to the company, the virtual card is for online purchases, adding that the card keeps the user’s ‘real’ card information hidden thereby protecting the user from fraud. “When you use autofill to...

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ABUJA — The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has approved 1,843 phone brands for the Nigerian market. The new approvals represent a total increase of 351, from the 1,492 phones approved in 2020 by the regulator. The telecommunications regulator disclosed this in its ‘Type Approval’ regulation published on Tuesday. “The mobile handsets approved have been tested and found to meet the applicable Type Approval standards required to allow them to be sold to consumers and operated...

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LAGOS — Google, on Thursday, unveiled plans to go for the heart of Nigeria’s Internet market with its Equiano submarine cable. Google landed the cable with its partner, WIOCC, a prominent African digital backbone company in Lagos yesterday. The state-of-the-art Equiano subsea cable, which will become a critical element in meeting Nigeria’s current and future international connectivity demands, according to Google, would reduce the retail cost of Internet prices by 21 per cent after its...

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ABUJA — The Federal Government has ordered telecommunication companies in the country to bar all outgoing calls on all unlinked lines from Monday, April 4, 2022. Unlinked lines are Subscriber Identity Modules (SIMS) not yet registered and linked with the National Identification Number (NIN) by users. The government’s directive was announced in a statement jointly signed on Monday by the Director of Public Affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ikechukwu Adinde, and the Head...

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ABUJA — The extension granted to telecom subscribers across Nigeria to link their Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) with their National Identity Numbers (NINs) ends today. The March 31, 2022 extension was granted last December by the Federal Government after the earlier deadline had elapsed. Last year, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, had conveyed the approval of the Federal Government to extend the deadline for the NIN-SIM data verification till March 31,...

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The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU), South-West Zone, has stressed the need to develop policies and foster virtual learning in public universities. The Vice-Chancellors made the call in a communique issued at the end of its 60th anniversary with the theme, “Sixty-years in Sixty Minutes: Exploring Trends in the University System,” was jointly signed by Professor Aderonke M. Baiyeroju,  chairperson, Local Organizing Committee and Omolara O. Onipede, Secretary, Local Organising Committee respectively. The...

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ABUJA — Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami says the investment in youth Digital skills is yielding massive results with 5 Million Nigerians to be trained in designing ICT-based innovations in coming years. The minister stated this in a message to a youth ICT-based competition tagged “Digital for All Challenge” organised by Tech 4 Dev; a nonprofit ICT advocacy organisation. Represented by his Technical Adviser on ICT Development, Mr Femi Adeluyi...

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ABUJA — The Director of Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde has again alerted telecommunication users of a new high-risk, critical, and Short Messaging Service-based malware, TangleBot, infecting Android mobile devices being used by criminals to defraud people. A statement issued yesterday by the Commission said TangleBot employs more or less similar tactics as the recently-announced notorious FlutBot SMS Android malware that targets mobile devices. The statement added that TangleBot equally gains...

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