Friday, January 23, 2015

ETSI Group on Millimetre Wave Transmission starts work

Arising from its recently meeting, the Industry Specification Group on millimetre Wave Transmission (ISG mWT) of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has commenced work on developing a set of five specifications include mWT, reports ITRealms.

The group which met for the first time at ETSI between January 14 and 15, 2015, saw Mr. Renato Lombardi of Huawei Technologies, emerging as the chairman of the Industry Specification Group while Mr. Nader Zei of NEC Europe was elected as the vice chairman. 

“ISG mWT was conceived as an industry wide platform to prepare for large scale usage of millimetre wave spectrum in current and future transmission networks by improving the conditions to make millimetre wave spectrum a suitable and convenient choice for all stakeholders. The ISG aims to be a worldwide initiative with global reach and to address the whole industry: national regulators, standards organizations, telecom operators, product vendors and key component vendors.” Lombardi said in his inaugural speech.

During the meeting, a plan was agreed to develop five new specifications. These cover
·         An analysis of the maturity and field proven experience of millimetre wave transmission
·         Potential applications and use cases of millimetre wave transmission
·         An overview of V-band and E-band worldwide regulations
·         An analysis of V-band street level interference
·         Analysis of the millimetre wave semiconductor Industry technology status and evolution. 

Millimetre wave spectrum, in the 30GHz to 300GHz range, offers more available spectrum than in lower bands with larger channel bandwidths granting a fibre like capacity. The spectrum can be made available readily and can be reused easily, and lower licensing costs lead to lower total cost of ownership and lower cost per bit of radio systems.

ITRealms reports that participation in the millimetre Wave Transmission Industry Specification Group is open to all ETSI members as well as organizations who are not members, subject to signing ISG Agreements.

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Defence HQ website hacked, restored, fingers APC

The Defence Headquarters has affirmed the hacking of its website, which has also been restored, while industry watchers are fingering sympathisers of the main opposition, the All Progressive Congress (APC), reports ITRealms.

Reports gathered by ITRealms Friday, indicated that the website, was hacked in the early hours of today, Friday, January, 2015.

Reacting, the Defence Headquarters’ noted though, it’s information blog site has been restored.

A press statement signed by Major General Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information, was quoted as “The site was defaced at the front end. However, the hackers could not infiltrate the database of the site.”

“Preliminary investigation shows that the attack was from the end of the site’s host. One Ima Sadiq who posed as the hacker has been knocked off and normal activities on the channel has resumed.

“Apparently, the blog site was targeted because of its role as a major channel for disseminating information on military and security activities in the nation’s counter-terrorism campaign," he said.

Just as industry watchers were awash with arguments with some insisting that the said Ima Sadiq may have hacked the defence headquarters website in sympathy to the APC who recently denied.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

NIRA refutes Gov. Fashola's claim, says APC Domain Name not shut


The attention of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) has been drawn to the news making a round that the Federal Government has shut down the official website of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the "" which is untrue and unfounded, reports ITRealms.

ITRealms recalls that Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, was reported as saying on Tuesday "the federal government has shut down the official website of the All Progressives Congress (APC), just as he unveiled the fund-raising strategy for the presidential campaign of the party." - ThisDay 21/1/2015 page 6.

ITRealms also reports that particularly, NIRA as the managers of the Nigeria's country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), the .NG under NITDA Act of 2007, is concerned that this allegation is coming from the Lagos State Governor at this time.

NIRA therefore stated unequivocally that there was no time "" website was shut from .NG domain string, stressing that it is in the interest of Nigeria and .NG brand that NIRA continues to project the image of Nigeria always and it's on this light that NIRA wishes to clear the air on the alleged shutting down of ""

ITRealms gathered that NIRA investigations revealed that:

"1. has not been edited since 31st January 2014
2. no one in NIRA or our registrar (Web4Africa) who registered "" received any request regarding the domain name since 17th October 2013
3. A visit to out of curiosity a few days ago revealed the website as currently on display at today 21st January 2015, is new.
4. There was a tiny text notice on the domain a few days ago that the website was down for maintenance.
5. The No. 3 above leads us to suspect the website admin must have taken the old website down and written the notice.
6. It may be obvious the web administrator may not have informed their party leaders thus the allegations."

Accordingly to NIRA President, Mrs Mary Uduma, such act as alleged by Gov. Fashola will encourage capital flight, and negates the objective of NIRA, hence NIRA cannot go against it's set guidelines to begin to shut down domain names instead of promoting .NG uptake, especially by the political class.
NIRA president said, the politicians who are embarking online campaigns should be on .ng string, which will be a show of patriotism.
She insisted there was no directive to the effect of shutting down any website on .NG let alone the one belonging to APC.

Mrs. Uduma used the opportunity to enjoin politicians to make use of .NG domain string in their online activities, as that is what will mark them out as patriotic leaders of 21st century.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

There’s no single best-fit model for multistakeholder governance groups -Study

The latest study by the Global Network of Internet and Society Centers on Multistakeholder as governance groups, has revealed there is no single best-fit model for multistakeholder governance groups, reports ITRealms.

The Executive Director, Berkman Center and Harvard Law School Professor of Practice, Urs Gasser, 
who led the international effort on the study, declared to ITRealms that multistakeholder groups are at cross-road when it comes to the global governance of the Internet, where issues must not only be responded to complex technical challenges, but also deal with a broad range of policy issues ranging from cybersecurity to net neutrality and human rights.

"This collaborative research wants to strengthen the evidence-base as we search for future governance models that preserve the generativity and openness of the Internet, while also addressing pressing challenges and problems," he said.

Gasser also said that at a point where the future of Internet governance is being re-envisioned, the report deepened the understanding of the formation, operation, and critical success factors of governance groups. 

ITRealms reports that the study concluded by stated in part that:

“there is no single best-fit model for multistakeholder governance groups that can be applied in all instances. Rather, it reveals a range of approaches, mechanisms, and tools available for both the formation and operation of such groups. The analysis demonstrates that the success of governance groups depends to a large degree on the careful selection, deployment, and management of suitable instruments from this ‘toolbox’. As governance groups pass through different phases of operation, conveners and facilitators must remain alert to changes in circumstances that necessitate adjustments to the approaches, mechanisms, and tools that they deploy in order to address evolving challenges from inside and from outside. The case study series provides insights into how those instruments can be deployed and adjusted over time within such groups, and highlights how their interactions with important contextual factors may be successfully managed within given resource restraints.”

Other key observations from the study, as further described in the synthesis paper, include:

             Inclusiveness (including mechanisms for participation) and transparency are critical factors to be managed and adjusted throughout the lifecycle of governance groups.

             How governance groups define accountability and legitimacy is highly reflective of and dependent on contextual factors.

             Different governance groups have different measures of success and effectiveness that are tied to their unique contexts and to factors that change over time.

The report is the first study by the recently launched Global Network of Internet and Society Centers, which brings together over 30 academic institutions from around the globe. As a milestone, it demonstrates that a global network of academic research centers can create a shared repository of timely and relevant research, which includes peer-reviewed methodologies and adherence to academic standards, open data, and expertise on diverse issues related to global policy debates.  

More broadly, the Network of Centers seeks to contribute to a more generalized vision and longer-term strategy for academia regarding its roles in research, facilitation and convening, and education in and communication about the Internet age.

Grasser was joined in the study by Ryan Budish, Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and Sarah Myers West University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Broadband revolution: Africa, the heart of tomorrow says Combes

I am particularly pleased to present today my vision for Africa.

First let me tell you, why Africa? For me Africa is at the heart of tomorrow, it is an important region in the world, it is definitely a growing region and a clear focus market for us. In the big picture, Africa is among Alcatel-Lucent’s most promising markets – with ultra-broadband access and IP networking being very important for the development of the continent.

These technologies are what the African market needs in the years to come and also what service providers and operators in Africa are already requesting from us. Our Global “Shift Plan” strategy perfectly focuses on those technologies that meet the connectivity challenges of the African continent. 

We see that the continent has various connectivity needs, crucial for its social and economic development. Increasing the availability of ultra-broadband services is essential for Africa’s future development.  Becoming digital is an important catalyst for change, for development and innovation. The content’s infrastructure will need greater capacity to deliver high-quality ultra-broadband connectivity to support added-value services for end users in both urban and remote areas.

Thanks to the investments over the last years and also thanks to Alcatel-Lucents submarine technology,  Africa is now connected to the rest of the world through thousands of kilometers of submarine networks systems (indeed, most of them deployed by Alcatel-Lucent). Many African countries are connected to the terrestrial backbones and to the regional hubs, but still rural areas lack connectivity. The focus of development and Alcatel-Lucent’s strategy for Africa will continue to be the accelerated development of ultra-broadband access networks in Africa, bringing connectivity to users with technologies including LTE, DSL, GPON, Small Cells and WiFi.    
In today’s world, innovation has no borders and as a result, African countries cannot remain locked out. The globalization of the economy and the growth of the digital world have enhanced worldwide communications.  In Africa and around the world, Alcatel-Lucent collaborates with governments, regulators, operators, but also with investors to promote investment in the telecommunications sector and in particular for the development of the Internet and ultra–broadband technologies.

This collaborative work allows us to identify different models of implementation of national plans, putting in place public-private projects and sharing our leadership, experience and best practices from around the world. We believe that the mobilization of a strong eco system of public and private stakeholders is essential for the success of both the implementation and the execution of a government’s broadband strategy. Broadband for all is not only a nice marketing moto but every network has its success is the reality. I strongly believe that universal access for all will break network barriers to improve the end user mobile broadband experience and that is the only economical way to meet the increasing demand for mobile broadband. Industry and service providers are changing and they need more than a traditional technology vendor but an innovative partner who will accompany them in the race of shaping the future – going forward from breakthrough innovation to proven and excellent operational capabilities in order to meet network requirements.

What makes Africa very special for me is that this region is very rich in history, its diversity, different cultures and environments, many strong developments in so many countries, all not at the same speed, a lot of creativity and innovation, but at the same time still plenty of challenges and local issues but with one strong asset who are full of energy: the people of Africa. And Africa’s success and prosperity relies on its people.   

At Alcatel-Lucent in the past year, we have seen tremendous growth in FTTX, VDSL, IP, DWDM technologies as well as several LTE networks with established mobile and fixed wireless broadband operators. LTE is becoming increasingly popular in Africa as this technology offers an excellent alternative to fixed broadband (which is not widely available in this region, overall, with some exceptions). Service providers in Africa are eager to tap into the newest generation of technologies like 4G LTE to begin to reap the benefits of today’s ultra-broadband networks.

In Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria - they have chosen Alcatel-Lucent as their partner for rolling out their LTE networks and some of them also have asked us to manage their entire networks in a managed services contract.

Managed services are an important part of our business in Africa. More and more customers ask us not only to build the networks for them, but also to take responsibility for the network operations, on their behalf - for example in Nigeria, Ghana and in South Africa. Our managed services solution is a combination of the advantages of our local presence and the use of global standardized best practices and tools; relying on our global Network Operations Centers, combined with our team’s experience on the ground.

Professional services are also in high demand by service providers in Africa. Alcatel-Lucent is not just selling and installing networks for our customers, in many cases we also work closely on business cases together, through our Bell Labs consulting team, which uniquely combines technical and commercial expertise.

We see Africa as a tremendous market in the next years and beyond. Currently transport networks and ultra-broadband access networks are being deployed. In the next two years we expect even more LTE/4G projects as well as IMS and IP core transformation projects. 

Alcatel-Lucent’s history in Africa is also about people. Across the African continent we have strong teams with excellent local knowledge specialized in a wide array of technologies for both fixed and mobile communications, including fixed and wireless ultra-broadband access, optics and IP technologies as well as services, including deployment services as well as professional and managed services. Our experts on the ground are working with the African ecosystem to introduce new technologies and solutions that will help in developing and creating social and economic value.

The network is the foundation of our ultra-connected world. But it can become so much more. Leveraging our expertise in IP networking, ultra-broadband access and cloud technologies, our aim is to work with operators in Africa, give them support and be their partners to invent and deliver tomorrow's trusted networks, enabling them to achieve their potential and unleash their value.

This enables us to create networks at scale that adapt to our customers’ needs, to earn our customers' trust by delivering networks and services that anticipate their demands, remove constraints, and create new business solutions while sustainably growing their value. We also innovate for our customers, inventing the future through open collaboration that pushes the limits of communications and shapes the digital world. Alcatel-Lucent is a major player in Africa, and we have been heavily growing in Africa over the last years, and this is a very important market for us. Now is the time to bring this broadband revolution closer to the people. There is a very strong demand for both wireless and fixed ultra-broadband.

We are here, committed and delighted to be part of this big project and working with local, regional and international players, we will literally help ‘connect’ the African people.

*The chief executive officer of Alcatel-Lucent group, Mr. Michel Combes, sent in this piece.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Support for Ernest Ndukwe is fresh air in Senate - Campaign team

Any support for Dr. Ernest Ndukwe’s aspiration for the Anambra South Senatorial seat under the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has been described as a fresh air in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, ITRealms reports.

The campaign organisation under the aegis of Ernest Ndukwe Senate Project, ITRealms gathered has commenced campaign as well as fund raising in support of outreach activities.

The team also confided in ITRealms that support both in kind and cash to Dr. Ndukwe, is support for a new dawn, quality representation and a breath of fresh air in the Senate.

ITRealms recalls that chairman of OpenMedia Group, Dr. Ernest Chukwuka Ndukwe emerged the Senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) at the December 6, primaries, he has kicked-off campaign.

The party flag bearer for Anambra South Senatorial District, Dr. Ndukwe, ITRealms gathered contested against Dr Okey Udeh and Chief Maja Umeh at the primaries.

ITRealms also gathered that out of the estimated 500 delegates, Ndukwe polled a staggering 344 votes, leaving the two other co-aspirants with 127 and 24 votes respectively.

Equally, ITRealms, Ndukwe, who is former Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has since embarked on grassroots campaign efforts in preparation for the February elections, including fund raising to educate electorates at his constituency on this important voting opportunity.

+Remmy Nweke @Ernest Ndukwe @Ozioma2015
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