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Indigenous solution, One Number Dial bridges corporate communication gaps amid DND barriers




One Number Dial, an indigenous tech solution has raced up efforts bridging communication gaps for corporate organisations by introducing a free eleven-month period for subscriptions.

The solution has been designed for corporate communications to get over the barriers Do-No-Disturb (DND) initiative of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) that have exerted unintended consequences on many corporate organisation.

According to the Product Manager, Shola Kusimo, One Number Dial has been created to ease the way organizations communicate and reach out to staff, public and prospective clients in a cost effective method.

Shola Kusimo

Shola Kusimo

Developed solely to bridge gaps experienced by organisations in reaching out, One Number Dial Solution is bringing an efficient way that firms can disseminate critical information in a secure platform designed for smartphones and feature phones users in the country, Kusimo said.

He noted that the Coronavirus pandemic has irrevocably changed the way businesses globally operate and the need for investment in IT tools has become more imperative.

He said the 11-month free offer is coming at a time that the government has encouraged Nigerians to work from home and limit their social interactions which automatically lead to their dependence on collaborative IT solutions such as One Number Dial.

“Many users have described One Number Dial solution as timely and important for many organisations to function and work properly in a post Covid 19 workplace.

“The solution has also been described as being critical for bulk messaging needs for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), Churches, Mosques and Individuals. The regular Bulk SMS suffers limited delivery because of DND. One Number Dial is bridging that gap,” he said.

He further stated that the solution is a response to clamour for such indigenous innovation to solve the problem of being left from online meetings in organizations.

“The solution is a tool with years of research and it has raised the bar in the way firms can reach out to the public and staff working remotely.

On how the solution works, Kusimo explained that it allows one to record a voice message on phone, save it on the website and broadcast it just like bulk short messaging service (SMS) websites.

“The recipient gets a call with your One Number and listens to the message. If they choose to call back, the call comes to your line or any other provisioned line and you can provision up to ten lines.

“A Cloud based solution, One Number Dial is in tune with the current realities of our time by providing a robust platform that any organization can use to instantly call and send customized messages to hundreds of people at the same time which is great for clients and customers, this is coming with support team to ensure that organizations have smooth experience while using the platform,’ he said.


Mobile Number Porting: 9mobile biggest gainer as at June – NCC statistics



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. Globacom is the least gainer

In a statistics report published by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), it has emerged that 9mobile has been the biggest gainer of new subscribers porting in from other network service providers in 2020. In the report, 9mobile gained a superior amount of subscribers every month in 2020 yet.

The mobile number porting service is a feature that allows subscribers of a network provider to transfer their SIM cards from one network provider to another without losing their phone numbers.

When the mobile number porting service was first launched in 2013, it came with the promise of being a revolutionary service with many of the service providers embarking on cost-effective campaigns trying to convince subscribers and users of other network providers to jump ship and pitch tents with them.

However, after the noise died down, it looks like many Nigerians are yet to take full advantage of the mobile number portability service. But that does not mean that the service is not being used at all.
With many Nigerians taking to social media to voice their displeasure with the quality of service they are afforded by their various service providers, you can be sure that there are some mobile number portings going on in the background.

According to the NCC report, 9mobile gained 10,964 new subscribers in June, followed closely by Airtel which gained 9,142 new subscribers, while MTN followed in distant third gaining 2,667 with Globacom far off after gaining a paltry 286 new subscribers.

For the month of May, 9mobile led the scoreboard authoritatively with 6,304 new subscribers gained in comparison to Airtel’s 3,524 new subscribers and MTN’s 1,756 new subscribers. In May, Globacom also had a poor outing with just 284 ported subscribers.

In April, 9mobile got 3,829 new subscribers who ported to their network while Airtel followed in close second with 2,246 new subscribers. MTN and Globacom only welcomed 985 and 88 new subscribers respectively.

The story was not different in March as 9mobile raked in 8,225 new subscribers. Airtel received 5,594 new subscribers, while MTN and Globacom received 1,965 and 262 new subscribers respectively .

For the month of February, 9mobile welcomed 5,371 from other networks, while Airtel welcomed 4,580 new subscribers. MTN welcomed 2,515 ported subscribers for the month while Globacom received just 259 ported subscribers.

9mobile welcomed 5,516 ported subscribers to its network, Airtel got 3,009, MTN got 2,669, and Globacom got 455 new subscribers.

According to the statistics published by the NCC, there has been a total of 82,495 mobile number porting in 2020 so far, with 9mobile getting the larger percent of porting subscribers having welcomed 40,209 new subscribers from other service providers.

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Bharti Airtel chairman explains why govt should review taxes, levies in telecom sector



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Bharti Airtel chairman, Sunil Mittal

The Chairman, Bharti Airtel Limited, Sunil Mittal, has made a call to the government, seeking its help to lower taxes, levies on the telecom industry and help revive its financial health.

In Nigeria, telecos are believed to pay over 35 taxes and levies to the government at Federal, State and Local Government Areas.

Although Mittal was not particular about Nigeria, however, his message syncs with similar calls by industry players in Nigeria.

“It is time for the government to now ensure that this industry, which has had its ups and downs, is now given due attention in the area of levies and taxes. Taxes have generally been high for this industry. It is important that this is reviewed thoroughly,” Mittal said.

Mittal, who is the chairman of Bharti Airtel, also said that the Prime Minister’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat has given a clarion call to the industry to ensure that more value addition is done in India for telecom networks, mobile devices, and software.

“It should become a force multiplier in ensuring economic momentum becomes faster and gets accelerated. So, the government can earn its dues from other industries who are going to be riding on the back of this wonderful industry,” Mittal said at an event organised by Cellular Operators Association of India and IMC Studio on the occasion of 25th Anniversary of Mobile Telephony’ in India.

Earlier, in June, industry body COAI has urged the government for urgent rationalisation of “high burden” of regulatory levies on telecom service providers (TSPs), including a cut in spectrum charges and license fee, as it cited the adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the sector.

In a letter to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) also made a plea for a refund of the unutilised input tax credit immediately.

Earlier, in Bharti Airtel’s annual report, Sunil Mittal had pointed out how the telecom industry is being bogged down by lower tariff rates and higher taxes. The chairman of Bharti Airtel also said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat has given a clarion call to the industry which now looks to ensure that more value addition is done in India for telecom networks, mobile devices, and software.

Bringing attention to the battered telecom sector, Sunil Mittal said that the telecom industry has had its ups and downs and hence must be given due attention in the area of levies and taxes.


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NCC stats: Nigeria’s broadband penetration hits 41.27% in June; subscription now 78.7million



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Latest statistics by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) indicates that the country’s broadband penetration reached 41.27% as at June 2020, can authoritatively report.

By implication, Nigeria broadband penetration has so far grown by 3.47% in year 2020. had reported that the country’s broadband access-gap clusters have reduced too.

NCC reported a decline from 207 to 114 cities representing about 55.7 per cent.

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said this was achieved through the efforts of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF).

Hitherto, some 38 million Nigerians were affected by access gap clusters.

Similarly, the Nigeria’s focus is now how to expand the fourth generation technology (4G) infrastructure deployment.

The new National Broadband 2020-2025 Committee’s report which was submitted on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, contains plan to “deliver data download speeds across Nigeria, a minimum of 25Mbps in urban areas, and 10Mbps in rural areas, with effective coverage available to at least 90% of the population by 2025 at a price not more than N390 per 1GB of data (2% of median income or 1% of minimum wage)”.

The NBP addresses 3 of the 8 priorities that the Federal Government assigned to the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, and the parastatals under its purview, for implementation.

These priorities are the implementation of broadband connectivity and execution of a plan to deploy 4G across the country, as well as the development and implementation of a digital economy policy and strategy, can report.

Similarly, the broadband subscription reached 78,784,226 as against 72,153,824.

This implies that the country’s broadband subscription increased by 6,630,402 this year.

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