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Nigeria testing 5G network for 2020 rollout

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Nigeria has started trial testing of the rollout plan of 5G networks with the 26GHz, 38GHz and 42GHz spectrum bands beginning with the Eko Atlantic Project

The country to regulatory agency, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), would be ready to roll out 5G by 2020.

NCC said in Abuja on Thursday during a collaborative meeting with GSMA for 5G rollout in Nigeria.

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said 5G broadband data will drive connectivity and allow humans to interact with connected devices to check their health status and remotely control home appliances without physical contact.

Danbatta acknowledged the deficit in infrastructure rollout and spectrum availability in the country but added that the NCC was already working to address the challenges.

He said NCC would begin with the available 26GHz, 38GHz and 42GHz to drive 5G rollout in the country.

Danbatta said, “NCC is already working on the three key factors that will drive 5G deployments, which include infrastructure, spectrum and regulation ahead of the 2020 rollout date.

“We will rely on existing policies and regulation and still come up with additional policies and regulation that will address any hiccups.”

Also speaking, the Head, sub-Saharan Africa for GSMA, Mr. Akinwale Goodluck, said although Nigeria still operates 2G and 4G networks, they will gradually give way for 5G as the demand for 5G increases among the millennial, who are the digital natives.

GSMA used the occasion of the collaborative meeting to launch its latest report, which focused on ‘Spotlight on Nigeria: Delivering a Digital Future.’ (NAN)

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Paulette Watson on International Women’s Day 2022 Breaking The Bias

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Paulette Watson, MD/Founder, Academy Achievers (Image: Supplied)

Paulette Watson thoughts – This year’s International Women’s day theme: #BreakingTheBias is really important for me as a black women and also the #BeMe digital inclusion program of raising one million females aspiration in Science Technology engineering maths related careers.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) sector is growing fast, and the supply of skilled STEM workers can’t keep up with demand. According to the World Economic forum – Future of jobs 2020, there will be 55 billion digital/tech jobs in 2022 and beyond. Yet our black girls from poorer backgrounds are vastly underrepresented in the tech industry. A recent report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM found that 65 per cent of the STEM workforce are White men compared to around 43 per cent of the UK’s population at the last UK. 

If our black girls are not digitally equipped, then they will be displaced and this will have a negative strain on our local economy.  I understand the immediate challenges that are faced amongst these girls, because they have told me, (Mental health issues, lack opportunities, feeling socially isolated due to covid), I have spoken to key stakeholders, myself and leaders from Academy Achievers sit on BAME community groups across the London boroughs, I am also a member of Newham Independent advisory board and Newham Working Partnership, where we recognised what the transformation will look like. 

Similar challenges exist in the creative sector. The Arts Council’s 2019-20 ‘Equality, Diversity and the Creative Case’ showed London has the highest percentage of Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse staff, at 19 per cent of the total workforce. However, this is still a significant under-representation where London’s population is approximately 40 percent Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse.  

Furthermore, our #BeMe mentoring focusing on BAME/BME girls getting into tech has more of an edge – according to the McKinsey report (Diversity wins: How inclusion matters 2020) suggests that having diverse and inclusive teams have been shown to be better able to radically innovate and anticipate shifts in consumer needs and consumption patterns.  

#BreakingTheBias is all about ensuring that our black girls are the ones who create and design the algorithms so that we can rid the oppressive algorithms, unrealistic and unconscious biases that plague our tech community. Let’s make it happen #BreakingTheBias #BeMe

 

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Bridgia Joins Google Education Integrated Solutions Initiative to Take the Industry Closer to Africa’s Higher Institutions

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Bridgia, which connects African higher institutions to the industry to drive innovation and student skill development, has announced it has joined the Google for Education Integrated Solutions Initiative. The call for higher education; to be more responsive to industry needs is a global one. It is evident in the increased industry demand for graduates with innovation and technology skills. Industry linkage offices such as Career Services in most African universities typically lack access to digital resources and supporting services to support their objectives.

Google for Education Partners are a select group of companies recognised for their capabilities to deliver digital services to students and educators. Bridgia, focused on Africa, is now among this group of partners. Bridgia’s platform provides industry insights, resources, and programmes to make the industry more accessible to Africa’s Higher Institutions.

Bridgia’s Co-Founder/CEO, Segun Ogunwale, commented: “We are delighted to progress from being a Google Cloud Partner to a member of the Google Education Integrated Initiative. This collaboration provides us more opportunities to leverage Google for Education’s resources. And reach to provide easy access to the Bridgia’s platform for students, faculty, and staff members in Africa’s higher institutions.” 

At Bridgia Africa, we believe Africa’s future lies not in its abundant mineral resources but rather; in its young, agile, and booming human capital. Its goal is to support the transformation of Africa’s human resources to human capital by providing resources and opportunities. To strengthen Africa’s higher education system while building talent pipelines for the global world of work.

Bridgia’s aim to achieve this by connecting Africa’s higher institutions to the industry to provide access to information, resources and career opportunities in collaboration with industry partners. Its mission is to champion innovation, employability and development of talent pipelines in African higher institutions. These are achieved through widened access to industry information, programmes, and opportunities. For students and faculty in collaboration with institutional and industry partners.

 

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OPay wins The Global Economics 2021 Award for best new POS payment services provider in Egypt

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OPay, the leading fintech one-stop mobile-based platform for payment and collection services in Egypt and Africa, has won the ‘Best New Point-Of-Sale Payment Service Provider,’ award from ‘The Global Economics’ institution. The announcement took place in a ceremony held in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Where Mr. Mahmoud khedr, the company’s Director of business development and strategic partnerships, received the award.

The Global Economics is a British institution specialized in providing detailed performance analysis of companies in various financial and business sectors, covering the major parts of the Globe. OPay, won the award after an intense competition with major financial services companies in the Egyptian market. As a testament to its efforts and successes, which are the result of the company’s strategic plans to distribute tens of thousands of points of sales. And expanding its vendors and retailers network across all of the Egyptian governorates. 

OPay, has been the fastest growing company in the Egyptian market since it launched its operations in Egypt last year. As the company works to provide all kinds of electronic services and innovative digital payment solutions to its customers in Egypt and Africa. 

Mahmoud Khedr, expressed his delight at the winning of this prestigious award saying: “we are proud with the winning of the 2021 Best New Point-Of-Sale Payment Service Provider award from ‘The Global Economics’ institution. This award reflects the commitment of our dedicated team of experts in the digital and technological sectors. To build a brand that wins the confidence of our partners and customers.”

Mr. Khedr emphasized that the company is “working towards giving the best service possible to its partners and customers,.” In addition to its relentless pursuit in executing its expansive plans in order to provide the latest services and solutions in the fintech and digital payments sector.

OPay Egypt and North Africa, has recently signed a number of successful partnerships in the fields of electronic payments and specifically in the banking sector. It has recently signed an MoU with both Banque Misr and the National Bank of Egypt (NBE). Under which the company will provide electronic payment and collection services via the internet to merchants and small and medium size enterprises (SMEs). And the partners of both banks through accepting all types of collections. Through the internet using all kinds of banking cards, in addition to QR code and R2P (Request To pay) services.

The company will also provide installment services for the credit card holders from both banks. OPay also signed an agreement with The Egyptian Company for Cards, in order to issue 200,000 smart prepaid cards for individuals and corporates, after getting the authorization of Egypt’s Central Bank (CBE).

 

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