Microsoft Set To ‘Replace Journalists With Robots’

  Microsoft is planning to replace journalists in its MSN news website with robots, according to reports. The journalists to be made redundant curate news articles, headlines and images from across the internet to be displayed on the MSN website. But in future, this work will be done by artificial intelligence algorithms, the Seattle Times reported. Around 50 contract journalists are set to lose their jobs at the end of June, while a smaller full-time team will remain, according to the paper. Microsoft said: “Like all companies, we evaluate our…

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NigComSat, Trefoil Networks Unveil Indigenous TV Network

Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT), in collaboration with Trefoil Networks has launched an indigenous television network. The launch was held on Wednesday during a news briefing in Abuja, to promote local content programming The Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT, Mrs Abimbola Alale, said from the satellite distribution service to the local manufacturing of the set up boxes and local programming content is totally Nigerian. The MD, who was represented by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs Directorate, Mr Adamu Idris, called on other potential clients to take advantage of the resources on…

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Airtel Unveils Exciting Plans for Home Broadband Customers

As part of its efforts to deepen Home Broadband connectivity as well as offer Home Broadband customers more value for money, Airtel has announced the introduction of Ultra Plans, a new value offering that will empower users of Airtel’s Routers and MiFis to enjoy quality and reliable broadband service at highly discounted rates. Under the new Ultra Plan, which comes in three variants, a customer who purchases the Ultra 20 will get 120 GB monthly for N20,000; the Ultra 15 offers 75GB at N15,000 while Ultra 10 gives a value…

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Coronavirus: Samsung Electronics Expects Profit Rise

Samsung Electronics expects higher first-quarter profits, it said Tuesday, as millions of people working from home in coronavirus lockdowns turn to cloud data services, pushing up demand for its chips. The pandemic is wreaking havoc across the global economy — Samsung itself had operations suspended at 11 overseas assembly lines as of Tuesday — and is widely expected to cause a recession. Looking forward, analysts expect the firm’s smartphone and consumer electronics businesses will be buffeted by the resulting falls in consumer demand. But initially, changing behaviour patterns among the…

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CSR: Airtel Commits over N1.9bn to Fight Against COVID-19 in Nigeria

As part of its corporate social responsibilities, leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced a commitment of over N1.9b towards the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria. Providing a breakdown of the pledged sum, Airtel said N200m will go towards provision of an Isolation Center or any required Medical Facility agreed with the appropriate Health Authority in the Country, while another N120m is towards provision of over 100,000 N95 Respirator Masks for Health Workers across the Country. The telco said it is also offering free Short Message Services (SMS) to…

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5G and COVID-19: The Technology, Conspiracy and Ignorance

By Emeka Oparah One would ordinarily have dismissed the “controversy” around 5G technology and the strange connection with COVID-19 being stridently pursued by some people as ignorant rants occasioned by the morbid fear of the rampaging Coronavirus, but with the prevailing circumstances of fear and tension, I have elected, as one familiar with the workings of the telecommunications industry, to say something. Several years ago, I was part of a global campaign by mobile telecommunications operators to debunk a widely held belief that telecommunications base stations emitted radiations that led…

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COVID-19: MTN Gives Out N1.9bn Airtime, 300 Free SMS, Data, Others To Nigerians

As part of its commitment towards curbing the spread of COVID -19 in its host community, MTN Nigeria has deployed its first phase of broad set of investments towards cushioning the effects of the pandemic. The telecommunications giant, in a statement, disclosed that it has given over N1.9 billion worth of airtime, 300 free SMS monthly, free daily data access to customers and as well as free money transfers using the MoMo Agent Network among many others in support of the national effort to curtail the disease outbreak. Supporting government…

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Airtel Crashes Data Tariff, Offers More Value on Data Bundles

  • Pledges Support to Government’s Quest for Affordable Mobile Broadband Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the Federal Government’s drive to provide affordable and quality mobile Internet and broadband for more Nigerians as it has been offering huge discounts on its monthly and weekly data bundle plans. Under the revised tariff plans, the telco says it has dropped data bundle tariff on most of its data bundles, offering customers 15GB for N5,000 monthly bundle and 6GB for N1,500 weekly bundle. Airtel further said…

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Nigerians Lose Confidence in 9mobile, Loses 2.7m Subscribers

This seems to be bad moment for 9mobile, Nigeria’s fourth-largest telecoms service provider, as many Nigerians seem to be losing confidence in the network. Between January and December, 2019, the fortune of the telco dipped badly as it lost about 2,743,322 subscribers. According to recent subscriber statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the 9mobile’s share of the market dropped to 7.4%. In January 2019, the telco had 16,385,317 subscribers and by December, the figure had dropped to 13,641,995. Apart from the period between January and March, when 9mobile…

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ATCON To Host National Dialogue On Telecom And Digital Economy

  The leadership of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has disclosed plans to host a national dialogue on telecom and the digital economy. The theme of the dialogue, which is scheduled to hold in Abuja later this year is “Harnessing the Digital Resources for the building of our National Economy”. In a statement signed by the Executive Secretary of ATCON, the President of the umbrella body of all telecom professionals, Engr. Olusola Teniola, said the dialogue will take a look at the growth across all the sectors…

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