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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.

Saviour Adugba is a journalist by day and a poet by night. He is fascinated by the internet of things, virtual reality and connecting the dots for brands. Saviour is the Lead, Content Development at TechEconomy.ng.

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

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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, TechEconomy.ng can authoritatively report.

By implication, Nigeria broadband penetration has so far grown by 3.47% in year 2020.

TechEconomy.ng 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, TechEconomy.ng 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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Ericsson selected by SoftBank Corp. to deliver cloud native dual-mode 5G Core

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  • Ericsson to deploy cloud-native, dual-mode 5G Core, enabling the launch of SoftBank’s standalone 5G services

  • Dual-mode 5G Core enables SoftBank to develop new 5G use cases towards consumers, enterprises and industry partners

  • Zero-touch operation, including continuous delivery and integration processes (CI/CD), is made possible through container-based microservice architecture and its automation capabilities

Ericsson has been selected by SoftBank Corp. (“SoftBank”) to deliver cloud native 5G Core for SoftBank’s 5G Standalone Network.

The solution, which includes Ericsson Cloud Packet Core, Ericsson Cloud Unified Data Management and Policy, as well as Ericsson NFVI, will play a key role in SoftBank’s operational transformation.

Zero-touch operation, including continuous delivery and integration processes (CI/CD), is made possible through container-based microservice architecture and its automation capabilities.

Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core provides SoftBank with capabilities that enable the development of new 5G use cases for mobile broadband users, as well as for enterprises and industry partners.

Ericsson and SoftBank have been continuously collaborating in developing and deploying 5G technologies throughout the Japanese market including 5G RAN and 5G EPC.

In May 2019, Ericsson was selected by SoftBank as its primary 5G radio access network (RAN) vendor.

The Senior Vice President, CIO of SoftBank, Keiichi Makizono, says: “Japan is a leading 5G telecom market and together with Ericsson we are building a new platform of innovation for the country. Under our new agreement, we will extend our long-term partnership and provide a high quality and future-proof platform enabling a new wave of innovation for Japanese society.”

Also commenting, the Head of Ericsson Japan, Luca Orsini, says: “Ericsson’s cloud native dual-mode 5G Core provides the cutting-edge container-based microservice architecture that will help SoftBank to both develop new business models towards consumers, enterprise and industry partners as well as to move onto the next level of network operational efficiency.”

Ericsson currently has 99 commercial 5G agreements or contracts with unique operators and supports 54 live 5G networks worldwide. 

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