Sunday, November 23, 2014

Galaxy Backbone invested N2bn in ICT Infrastructure - Johnson

The Federal Government has invested the sum of N2 billion on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure, through the Galaxy Backbone Limited, reports DigitalSENSE Business News.

Disclosing this was the Honourable Minister for Communication Technology, Dr. Mrs. Omobola Johnson, at the formal launching of the unified email platform for the Federal Civil Service in Abuja.

She told DigitalSENSE Business News that the investment specifically focused on improving data centre environment, data computing and data storage resources.

According to her, the huge investment has resulted in the Galaxy network maintaining an uptime of over 96 per cent over the last 9 months and the Federal Government ICT company is driving to increase service reliability and availability of the platform to 99.999 per cent - known in the industry as “the Five Nines” where downtime is no more than 5.39 minutes in a year. 

She also commended the collaboration existing between Ministry of Communication Technology, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation and Galaxy Backbone Ltd on the “switch to” initiative, the Minister stated that the initiative was designed by her Ministry for adoption and penetration of the unified email platform for federal civil servants on grade levels 10 to 17 in the first instance, while workers on grade levels 9 and below will be scaled onto the platform in a gradual and phased manner. 

Mrs Johnson further commended the immediate past and present Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Bukar and Danladi Kifasi respectively, as well as the immediate past and present CEOs of Galaxy Backbone, Messrs Gerald Ilukwe and Yusuf Kazaure for the leadership and commitment demonstrated towards the successful implementation of the initiative.

She therefore, urged federal civil servants to embrace the unified email platform by keying into its objectives in order to improve internal productivity and quality service delivery to Nigerian citizens and foreigners.

“Collectively adopting this messaging and collaboration platform is an important pillar of our e-government strategy. The platform will improve the speed and efficiency of official communications and provide the means to share, store and gain access to official documents anytime, anywhere and on any computer or mobile device. Other features of the platform include the ability to send confidential (encrypted) email, schedule meetings on line, assign and track staff and colleagues on official tasks and assignments, send circulars service-wide at the touch of a button amongst others” she said.

The Minster further said that prior to this, the Ministry of Communication Technology with the strong support of the Council of ICT heads embarked on a similar initiative to not only standardize the look and feel of federal government websites but also to migrate all Ministry websites to the domain name. The migration of websites to the platform and this unfied email platform not only enables the delivery of government business over a more secure and robust technology platform, it also enhances our national cyber identity on the internet and improves confidence in citizens, businesses and foreigners as they seek Government information and services online. 
The Minister concluded by saying that Galaxy Backbone has also been recertified for the ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management System (ISMS) standards, which is the foremost global information security standard. In this regard, Galaxy is launching a Government website certification program that will ensure that all sites hosted on the Galaxy platform are kept secure and safe from hackers and malicious software. 

+Remmy Nweke
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Pix: Kazaure, MD Galaxy BB

Airtel insurance redeems first female claim

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, in partnership with Cornerstone Insurance and MicroEnsure, has redeemed the first female claims, Mrs Emiowei Bridget Ofune, ITRealms reports. 

ITRealms recalls that in August 2014, the telecom company debut with the launch of Airtel Insurance.

ITRealms also reports that Mrs Emiowei Bridget Ofune, one of the seven Airtel insurance claimants to benefit from the scheme was recently presented with a cheque of N50,000 by the Zonal Business Manager, Airtel, Mr Olawale Alao at Airtel Express Shop, Ilupeju, Town Planning Way Ilupeju, Lagos.

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Pix: L-R, Zonal Business Manager, Airtel, Olawale Alao; Airtel Insurance claimant, Mrs Emiowei Bridget Ofune and the MD, Life & Retail, Cornerstone, Toks Bello during the cheque presentation at the Airtel Express Shop, Ilupeju, Town Planning Way, Ilupeju, Lagos recently.

Etisalat is ‘Telecom Brand Of The Year’ @MarketingWorld Award

Etisalat Nigeria has been named the ‘Telecom Brand of the Year’ and ‘Best Brand in Impactful Retail Design and Merchandising' at the 2014 Marketing World awards, reports ITRealms.

Manager, Public Relations at Etisalat, Chineze Amanfo, told ITRealms, the awards are a clear affirmation of the company's track record of keeping to its brand promise.

“We want to dedicate this award to all our esteemed customers who have believed in this network since we began commercial operations in 2008," Amanfo said. 

She stressed that Etisalat assures it will only get better, as its commitment to core values, customer satisfaction, innovation, quality of service and operational efficiency will not waver

“With us, our customers will always come first", she declared.

ITRealms recalls that Etisalat Nigeria was declared the Telecom Brand of the Year, beating other nominees in that category.

Etisalat, ITRealms also reports, topped nominees such as Thermocool, Stanbic IBTC Bank and Airtel, to claim the award for the Best Brand in Impactful Retail Design and Merchandising.

+Remmy Nweke +Etisalat Nigeria +Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) +MarketingWorld  

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Pix: L-R: Commercial Director, Core Group Africa, Matthew Grose; Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher; and Director, Marketing Segments and Strategy, Etisalat Nigeria, Oluwole Rawa at the Official Etisalat iParty showcasing new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island on Thursday, 20th November 2014.

Kachy Samuel music video debuts

The much anticipated  music video by gospel singer, song writer, and TV Presenter, Kachy Samuel finally made its debut, ITRealms reports.

Information reaching ITRealms affirms that Delta-born singer released her hit single titled “Higher”, featuring Fuji-Gospel singer, Mike Abdul.

ITRealms also gathered that Kachy Samuel hit single has been making air-wave on radio and the social network. 

The song is purposely composed to praise God for taking her higher in life, of which she has been so grateful to Him.

Watch the song on YouTube here:

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Unwin predicts Internet access to top agenda for 2015 SDGs

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), Professor Tim Unwin, has predicted that access to the Internet will top agenda for the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), reports DigitalSENSE Business News.

Professor Unwin, DigitalSENSE Business News gathered, made his prediction at the just ended inaugural Commonwealth Broadband Forum 2014 held between 18 and 20 November in Nairobi, Kenya.

He told DigitalSENSE Business News the importance of broadband and stressed how all should work collectively to ensure that the poorest and most-marginalised groups are not excluded, but able to grasp the opportunities provided by new technologies.

“Broadband connectivity should not only be used for economic growth but should also be used as a driver for social justice and effective governance,” Prof. Unwin declared to DigitalSENSE Business News in a press statement made available to correspondent by Marcel Belingue.

DigitalSENSE Business News recalls that over 130 delegates from Commonwealth countries took part in the event, hosted by the Communications Authority of Kenya.
Over three days, DigitalSENSE Business News also gathered, participants examined several aspects of broadband, including the future of broadband and mobile technologies across the Commonwealth and beyond, and the impact that these technologies will have in driving innovation and growth.

Some of the session-focused discussions, DigitalSENSE Business News gathred from 2014 theme "Broadband for Accelerated Growth” comprised the Mobile broadband technologies: 4G and LTE; Broadband access and infrastructure aiding development; Cloud computing for emerging markets; Broadband applications and value-added services; Inclusion and innovation beyond broadband: The rise of tech cities, Financing broadband in Africa; and Strengthening broadband public-private partnerships to accelerate investment projects.

@Chuks Egbuna +Remmy Nweke +Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

President Jonathan to meet Nigeria’s high-level investment council in London

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will travel to London this evening to preside over a meeting of Nigeria’s Honorary International Investment Council (HIIC) which opens in the British capital on Friday, November 21, 2014, reports DigitalSENSE Business News

The HIIC, DigitalSENSE Business News gathered was established in 2004 to advice the Federal Government on matters pertaining to Nigeria’s economic development, making the Nigerian economy more competitive globally and attracting greater direct foreign investment to boost domestic industrial growth and job creation.

DigitalSENSE Business News also gathered that discussions at the HIIC meeting in London will focus on the current investment landscape in Nigeria, developments and opportunities in the ongoing upgrade and expansion of Nigeria’s public infrastructure, as well as opportunities and reforms in Nigeria’s rail transportation, power and construction sectors. 

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati disclosed to DigitalSENSE Business News in a press statement dated November 19 in Abuja that President Jonathan would be accompanied to the meeting by key ministers including the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, the Minister of Defence, Gen Aliyu Gusau (rtd.) and the Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar. 

DigitalSENSE Business News further learnt that they would be joined by the Coordinator of the HIIC, Baroness Lynda Chalker and other key members of the Council including Haruki Hayashi of the Mitsubishi Corporation, Yves Louis Darricarrere of Total, Andy Brown of Shell, Guillame Roux of Larfarge, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Mr. Jim Ovia, Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, some state governors and Chairmen of the National Assembly Committees on Transport to name a few.

President Jonathan, DigitalSENSE Business News gathered is expected back to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja on Sunday, November 23, 2014.

 +Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) @PresidentGEJ @HIIC

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Pix: President Jonathan.