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MTN Nigeria Clarifies Concerns on Service Disruptions

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MTN Nigeria Communications Plc has clarified the misleading media coverage related to a notice sent to a select group of enterprise customers on the 15th of June, 2021 about potential service disruptions.

To better clarify the issue, Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Karl Toriola said “Maintaining network stability and high levels of customer service remains a key priority for us. In line with MTN Nigeria’s standard practice, this includes communicating to and informing customers of any potential disruptions in a timely manner, whether due to maintenance on the network, outages due to faults or other circumstances that may pose a risk, enabling them to plan appropriately and put in place business continuity measures.”

He further explained that the notice in question was a routine notification a small group of businesses affected by a specific challenge in very few specific locations, adding that the notices are regularly distributed to partners and are not out of the ordinary.

“Small, medium and large enterprises are key to driving economic growth in Nigeria and with the rise of digital solutions, are becoming more reliant on secure and reliable connectivity solutions. We recognise and understand the importance of serbice availability and strive to deliver a seamless and uninterrupted high-quality network experience, so that they are able to meet their customer’s needs.”

“As a responsible Nigerian company, we remain committed to supporting the sustainable growth and development of our country. We are dedicated to delivering the highest levels of service possible, and steadfast in our drive to ensure our customers have the information they need to make critical personal and business decisions and will continue to update them on relevant developments,” the MTN Nigeria boss stated.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Airtel Africa to Release Half-Year Financial Statement on Thursday, July 29, 2021

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Airtel Africa on Thursday announced it will release financial statements for the period ended 30 June 2021 on Thursday 29, July 2021.

The leading telecommunications company disclosed in a statement issued by Simon O’Hara, Group Company Secretary, Airtel Africa Plc.

The company also stated that the “management will host a conference call for analysts and investors at 12:00pm UK time (BST), on Thursday 29 July 2021. To receive an invitation with the dial in numbers to participate in the conference call please register before the event using the following link:

https://services.choruscall.za.com/DiamondPassRegistration/register?confirmationNumber=544
5815&linkSecurityString=914c16fb6

Airtel Africa is leading telecommunications and mobile money services listed on the London Stock Exchange and the Nigerian Exchange Limited. It has presence in 14 African countries.

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Airtel Nigeria flags off Airtel Touching Lives Season 6

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Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria has reiterated its commitment to bringing relief to the vulnerable and less privileged in the society through its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative ( CSR), Airtel Touching Lives.

Speaking during the official flag-off of Season 6 of its flagship Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, ‘Airtel Touching Lives’, today at Wheat Baker Hotel, Ikoyi, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria now elevated as CEO Airtel Africa had while performing one of his last official duties in the Nigeria office of the telecom group, reaffirmed the company’s resolve to bring good dividends to all its stakeholders with particular focus on giving succor and comfort to the downtrodden in the society.

Noting that previous editions of the CSR initiatives had recorded milestone achievements, the out-going Managing Director disclosed that ‘Airtel Touching Lives’ Season 6 will pay serious attention to COVID-19 related projects, education and will be rendering support to the medically challenged in the society.

Segun Ogunsanya asserted the telco’s relentless drive to alleviate the sufferings of the indigents in the society stating that “ In life, the purpose is very powerful. It does not just drive an individual or an entity, it drives every action and decision. Airtel procured our operating license for Nigeria in 2001. We have renewed that license for another ten years period from NCC where it is possible to procure and renew an operating license. You can only earn a social license to operate and it is not issued by NCC but by the various communities where we operate”.

He added that social license is the love, loyalty, friendship and affection that the Telco gets from the communities where it operates.

The Telco boss said: “ We created ‘Airtel Touching Lives’ for this purpose to offer relief and hope to the underprivileged and downtrodden and also to reimagine and inspire the strong and wealthy to support the weak and the poor”.

Segun Ogunsanya who hinted that he has been elevated to Chair Airtel Africa urged the general public to be part of the initiative by nominating projects, persons and communities that require support.

Assuring its target publics of the authenticity and transparency of the entire process of selection, the Head, Corporate Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility, Airtel Nigeria, Emeka Oparah said: “ When we get these nominations, we look at them on the face value and find the stories that are most striking and we send people to go to those people and those locations to verify. We have different levels of verification and in the last five years of doing this, we have never had anyone successfully scammed us”.

Members of the public can nominate individuals or projects in their communities by dialing 367 or by sending an SMS to the Shortcode, 367. You can also send an e-mail to touchinglives@ng.airtel.com

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Nokia Launches Next-generation AirScale 5G Portfolio Powered by ReefShark Technology

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Nokia today announced the global launch of its latest range of industry-leading AirScale 5G products covering baseband, remote radio heads, and massive MIMO active antennas with digital beamforming. The innovative solutions are powered by the latest generation of Nokia’s ReefShark System-on-Chip (SoC) chipsets and deliver the highest capacity and network performance while enabling efficient deployments and operation. The rollout of the new products is already underway.

Nokia introduces its new generation of ReefShark-powered AirScale massive MIMO antennas with both 32TRX and 64TRX products, as well as 8T8R remote radio head solutions. The 32TRX is the industry’s lightest, at 17kg, simplifying and speeding up site deployments. Notably, this low weight is achieved at the same time as supporting high radio frequency bandwidth (200 MHz occupied bandwidth and 400 MHz instantaneous bandwidth) and delivering high radio frequency power output, without compromise. Both the new 32TRX and the new 64TRX massive MIMO antennas support both fragmented spectrum and network sharing cases.

Nokia also introduces its new SoC-based baseband plug-in cards to boost the capacity of the AirScale System Module. The new ReefShark-powered plug-in cards deliver up to eight times more throughput and serve up to eight times more cells compared to previous generations. They are easily installed and simplify the upgrade and extended operation of all AirScale deployments. Nokia’s baseband module can support 90,000 connected users simultaneously and has 84 Gbps throughput. The highly efficient ReefShark powered plug-in cards also reduce power consumption by up to 75 percent. Nokia’s modular AirScale baseband enables mobile operators to scale capacity flexibly and efficiently and as their 5G business evolves.

Nokia Single RAN software now includes 5G, accelerating 5G rollouts and cutting overall radio access network TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), by unlocking network efficiencies with common transport, common operability, common software delivery, and increased hardware sharing. The combination of Nokia’s Single RAN software and the new baseband plug-in cards offer multi-mode (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G) and multi-band and supports the latest fronthaul interfaces (eCPRI) on a single baseband platform, simplifying the network and lowering costs.

Nokia’s AirScale baseband architecture is designed to be future-proof and support the increasing demands for wireless traffic. By keeping the L1 and L2 (Layer 1 and Layer 2) computing separate from L3 (Layer 3) and Transport baseband plug-in units, capacity can be added when and where it is needed in the network. Network modernization can be simply achieved either by software upgrade or by adding new plug-in units into the existing baseband.

Nokia’s ReefShark chipsets will also play a critical role in future Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) capabilities. Nokia has already introduced AI/ML features in areas such as predictive load balancing, anomaly detection, and intelligent traffic steering. All Nokia ReefShark platforms are AI/ML ready and Nokia is carrying out proof of concepts with customers this year in innovative areas such as Massive MIMO beam pattern optimization, energy-saving, advanced traffic steering, advanced packet scheduling, and alarm pattern discovery.

Patrick Filkins, Senior Research Analyst, IoT and Mobile Network Infrastructure, IDC, commented: “5G networks are absolutely critical for improving network capacity and performance, particularly when higher bandwidth is in demand. Nokia’s new portfolio addresses these concerns by enabling mobile operators to flexibly scale capacity while helping to smoothly transition to 5G from existing technologies easily and cost-effectively. The integration of Nokia’s ReefShark SoCs across both radio and baseband boosts performance and capacity and the new massive MIMO antennas set a new benchmark for low weight without compromising on performance. These solutions will help mobile operators to address the increasingly dynamic mobile services space that urgently requires more capacity.”

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks, Nokia, said: “Our new generation of ReefShark-powered AirScale radio and baseband products is evidence of the successful transformation of our business and ability to deliver market-leading products to our global customers. Nokia’s new portfolio enables communication service providers to offer both consumer and enterprise customers with cutting-edge 5G experiences with premium speeds, capacity, and connectivity underpinned by seamless, simple, and efficient ‘plug-in’ deployment. Our new AirScale products are O-RAN ready. They consume less energy and highlight our commitment to climate change. We’re excited to see our customers deploying these products and see the transformative impact of 5G technology.”

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