Thursday, October 23, 2014

Houlin Zhao emerges new ITU Secretary-General with 152 votes

… ICANN extends hand of fellowship
Chinese Houlin Zhao has emerged the newly elected Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), ITRealms authoritatively reports.

Mr. Zhao would take over from Dr. Hamadoun Toure who would be completing his eight-year term in office by January 2015.

ITRealms sources confirmed that Mr. Zhao garnered 152 votes out of the 156 countries accredited for the election.

This came as the leadership of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) under Mr. Fade Chehade as the president and chief executive officer has extended congratulation message to Mr. Zhao on his emergence.

ITRealms gathered that Mr. Zhao was hitherto elected ITU Deputy Secretary General at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey, in 2006, and re-elected for a second four-year term at the Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2010.

Before becoming Deputy Secretary General, ITRealms learnt, he served as Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) from 1999 to 2006, first elected at the Plenipotentiary Conference in Minneapolis, United States, in 1998, and re-elected at the Plenipotentiary Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, in 2002.

From 1986 to 1992, Mr Zhao was a senior staff member in what was then the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (known under its French acronym CCITT), and from 1993 to 1998 in TSB.

Prior to joining ITU, Mr Zhao served as an engineer in the Design Institute of China’s Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. He contributed seminal articles to a number of prestigious Chinese technical publications, and in 1985 was awarded a prize for his achievements in science and technology within the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.

Born in 1950 in Jiangsu, China, Mr Zhao graduated from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and holds a Master of Science degree in Telematics from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, ICANN President has congratulated Mr. Zhao for his election as new Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

“We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Houlin Zhao on his election as the ITU Secretary-General,” Chehadé declared on getting the news of Zhao election.

Also, Chehadé underscored the contributions of Dr. Toure’s towards enhancing lines of communication between ITU and ICANN, which he hope the new Secretary General would sustain.

“We are grateful to Dr. Toure for the bridges he helped build between the ITU and ICANN,” said Chehadé. 

He further described Toure’s effort as interactions built on a foundation of mutual respect and a shared belief that the Internet has an increasingly important role in global socioeconomic development. 

“We are enthused at the prospect of continuing those efforts with Houlin Zhao,” he assured.

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Pix: Top: Mr. Zhao, new ITU scribe and below is ICANN president.

Zinox iPower solutions debut, target 1m homes, SMEs nationwide

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The Services and Solutions arm of Zinox Technologies Group has formally launched its latest product, iPower Plus Solutions in Lagos reports DigitalSENSE Business News.

This is coming as Zinox Group also unveiled its 24hour Integrated Call Center and Enhanced Network Operating Centre.

According to the Managing Director of Zinox Technologies, Engr. Lekan Faola, these unique digital smart power solutions which range from 1 Kilo-Volt-Ampere (KVA) to 20KVA is targeted as cost effective power solution to millions of homes, offices and critical national, state and individual infrastructures.

“Zinox is targeting a minimum of 1,000,000 facilities in Nigeria in the next 10years. The iPower Plus Solutions is immediately available nationwide through technology distributions and resellers nationwide,” he declared.

Faola, also told DigitalSENSE Business News that at Zinox, they have already installed in 1,761 institutions nationwide including one of the largest and most stylish residential homes in Ikoyi and are presently deploying more.

“Though we have deployed a lot but in the last 18 months we have worked strategically with leading Power Solutions partners in Germany and Asia to perfect these products that provide enough power that run your homes, offices 24hours a day with comprehensive One year Warranty,” he said.

Faola equally described iPower plus as a compact solution that powers a home independently with its solar panels or interfaces with utility electricity and seamlessly resolves the common power interruptions in Nigeria.

The days of oil boom, he pointed out, is fast disappearing and Nigerians must start watching the cost of living.

“Our power solution cuts the cost of energy consumption in our homes and offices by at least 35 per cent monthly. With electricity in the hands of the private sector, it is speculated that Nigerians shall experience a minimum of 50 per cent increase with their monthly bills from next year. This will be a disaster for most homes and SMES. Our solutions put efficient and cost effective power in your hands with little or no challenges and there are no bills to pay just because we live in the tropics,” Mr. Faola emphasized.

Additionally, Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe launched the new 24hour Zinox Integrated Call Centre (ZICC) and Enhanced Integrated Call Centre (ZICC) which has video, voice and data facilities, describing the center as the first of its kind in Africa, which would go live from November 1, 2014.

In his remarks, Chairman of Zinox Group, Chief Leo-Stan Ekeh told DigitalSENSE Business News that the whole world is passing through exciting times and with Nigeria’s economy recently rebased and to achieve the number one slot in Africa, Nigerians in the technology sector must increase the hunger to lead at least in the whole of Africa.

He reassured DigitalSENSE Business News that it is only the power of technology that could define a new man of this century while creating exciting lifestyle for the whole generation. Stressing that his large home remains one of the most cost effective homes run in Africa because of the power of the  Zinox iPower Plus. It’s your business to decide where you want to belong in the 21st century he concluded.

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Pix: Prof. Ibidapo-Obe cutting the tape of Zinox Integrated Call Center with him was chairman, Zinox Group, Dr. Leo-Stan Ekeh, surrounded by MD Zinox Mr. Faola.{Insert is sample of iPower Inverters}

Sunnet Systems promotes business optimization values @ Lagos Customer Forum

The Pan African leading Information Technology Infrastructure and Solutions provider, Sunnet Systems and Datacomms Services Limited (SSDS), has advocated the promotion of business optimization values at a customer forum held in Lagos, ITRealms reports.

The one-day session tagged ‘Business Analytics and Infrastructure Optimization’ was held at the Four Point Hotels, Victoria Island Lagos in collaboration with International Business Machines (IBM.

Executive Director, Sunnet Systems, Kehinde Sogunle noted at the forum that in today’s competitive and disruptive marketplace, business leaders are racing to convert data-driven insights into meaningful results and are infusing analytics throughout their organizations to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimize outcomes.

“This is one of the major reasons why Sunnet Systems in partnership with IBM are utilising this customer forum to expose to organizations around Africa the opportunities and in general tap into these capabilities to amplify their abilities to create value from big data and analytics,” he said, stressing that SSDS has over a decade been a premier business partner to IBM and has pioneered several Information Technology (IT) solutions implementations across Africa.

Sogunle also told guests that adopting analytics by public and private sector organizations would enhance their abilities to excite their customers and exceed expectations and satisfaction for business value .

As said by him significant transformation could be stimulated in key sectors of the economy such as financial, banking and finance, oil and gas, as well as in the social sectors of educational and health services where creative utilisation of analytics could stimulate insights that will generate innovative products and services.

Equally speaking, the Brand Manager, Sunnet Systems and Datacom Services (SSDS) Mrs Toyin Aderibigbe, stressed that businesses today depend on optimised ICT infrastructure to remain competitive, profitable and efficient in their service delivery.

She also emphasised on the need for SSDS to showcase how an array of Sunnet’s Solutions and Services will enable forward thinking organizations across Africa and the world to excel. 

Satish Sankar, Head of Marketing and Operations, SDSS, presented the corporate background as well as the breadth and depth of the solutions implementations in Nigeria and Africa whereas highlighting some of the recognitions and distinctions SDSS has garnered from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) as an indication of the dependability, reliability, expertise and passion that various critical technology projects have been handled. 

Solution Architects and Engineers from IBM at the occasion presented the data and infrastructure possibilities and offerings that will offer significant value and substantial benefits to organisations when compared with the offerings of competitors.

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Pix: Satish Sankar, Head, Enterprise Sales, Sunnet systems and Datacom Services Ltd, Lanre Bamisebi – Divisional Head, Enterprise Arch & IT PMO, UBA, Kehinde Sogunle, ED – Sunnet Systems and Datacom Services Ltd, and Emeka Nwokeke – BDM – Sunnet Systems Limited at a one day Customer Conference on Business Analytics and Infrastructure Optimization by Sunnet Systems and in collaboration with IBM.

StarTimes unveils 9 new channels, declares open week

Acclaimed foremost digital pay-TV provider in Nigeria, StarTimes, has unveiled nine new television channels across its StarTimes and StarSat platforms, ITRealms reports.

The new 9 channels, ITRealms learnt would also be enjoyed for free for seven days by customers across all subscription bouquets on StarTimes in an Open Week programme beginning November 10 through November 16, 2014.  

Speaking at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, the Public Relations Manager, NTA-Star TV Network, Israel Bolaji told ITRealms in a press statement that the nine new channels have been carefully selected to enhance digital television experience for customers, including the brand new Wazobia TV and Cool TV, Da Vinci Learning, PoP TV, Trace Sport Stars, StarTimes Sport 2, Dadin Kowa, Tiwa Ntiwa and QYOU. 

The launch of new channels is a bold step towards boosting overall digital television experience for over two million StarTimes subscribers and another clear demonstration of StarTimes preparedness to support and guide Nigerians from analogue into full digital television experience. We will consistently scale up efforts to ensure that our customers get quality content as Nigeria transit into full digital television, he said. 

Also speaking, Ayokunle Idowu, Content Marketing Manager NTA-Star TV Network disclosed that, StarTimes Sport 2 channel has a rich, diverse and global outlook aimed at satisfying the yearnings of current and prospective customers, who are constantly searching for rich sports content. 

It is the only channel with exclusive rights to show the 2014/2015 European qualifying matches live. The channel will also offer sports inclined customers a diverse range of sports like soccer, tennis, golf, rugby, car-racing, cricket and extreme sports. The content of StarTimes Sport 2 will include live broadcasts and highlights, sport news, sports programs" Idowu said.

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Pix: Mr. Israel Bolaji, NTA StarTimes Public Relations Manager, Mr. Steve Onu a.k.a YAW, popular actor and radio show host, Mr. Joshua Wang, StarTimes Nigeria CEO,  and Dr Ebere Nzewuji, StarTimes Director of Advertising during a press conference  on StarTimes launch of 9 new channels in Abuja on Wednesday

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gitex 2014: Sasware pledges supports for Nigeria technology start-ups

As the 2014 Global Technology Exhibition (GITEX) ended recently in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate (UAE), Sasware, the only Nigeria technology investment company at GITEX Technology Week pledged its support for technology start-ups in Nigeria reports ITRealms.

Founder of Sasware, Mr. Collins Onuegbu, made this pledge during the visit of the federal government delegation led by Dr. Tunji Olaopa, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Communications Technology to the company’s exhibition stand during the event.

“Our primary interest to see Nigeria grow by supporting technology and technology-enabled business initiatives in Nigeria. These we do through incubation, entrepreneurship, mentoring and venture capital investment,” he said.

Dr. Olaopa, who represented the Minister, Dr (Mrs) Omobola Johnson commended Sasware’s mission and activities and urged them to continue with their good works.
He also promised to explore avenues which the ministry will work with Sasware to further deepen support to technology start-ups in Nigeria.

The federal government delegation led by Olaopa included; Dr. Akin Omotosho, Nigeria Consul-General to Dubai Emirate; Dr. Tosin Ajayi, Chairman, Board of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Peter Jack, Director General, NITDA.

Speaking further Onuegbu informed the delegation that Sasware will need all the support and partnerships it could get from the government to expand this initiative in order to boost the economy and create more job opportunities for Nigerian youths.

Peter Jack said NITDA is continuously exploring ways to transform Nigeria through technology and what Sasware is doing falls within the strategy.

Sasware is a technology venture subsidiary of Signal Alliance a leading Nigerian systems integrator with over 18 years’ experience in the development of IT infrastructure for major organizations in Nigeria. Sasware was set up to tap into opportunities created  by the fast evolution of technology and adoption in Nigeria as the country rebuilds its infrastructure to match its ambition as the biggest economy in Africa and one of the top 20 in the world.

Sasware invests in early startup technology companies in Nigeria   from a startup fund that was set up by Signal Alliance. The company also does specific incubation programmes for Signal Alliance as a diversification strategy for the group. Other areas of business include Incubation-On-Demand, Corporate Venture Capital and Asset Development cum Management. The company's initial focus is on technology and technology-enabled businesses.

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Pix (l-r) Dr. Tunji Olaopa, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Communication Technology; Collins Onuegbu, Founder Sasware; Dr. Tosin Ajayi, Chairman, Board of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA); Dr. Akin Omotosho, Nigeria
Consul-General to Dubai Emirate and Peter Jack, Director General NITDA.