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Vodacom Business Africa Launches SD-WAN Software to Countries Across Africa to Eliminate Connectivity Barriers

Vodacom Business Africa has announced plans to launch its SD-WAN software to clients in all 47 operating countries across its African footprint.

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Vodacom Business Africa, an enterprise-focused ICT subsidiary of the Vodacom group and Africa’s preferred pan-African service provider, has announced plans to launch its SD-WAN software to clients in all 47 operating countries across its African footprint.

The SD-WAN Software is a virtual WAN architecture that allows enterprises to leverage any combination of transport services which includes MPLS, LTE, and broadband internet services to securely connect users to applications.

It also assures consistent application performance and resiliency, automates traffic steering in an application-driven manner based on business intent, improves network security, and simplifies the WAN architecture.

Following the launch of the software in Africa, the executive head of strategic marketing for Vodacom Business Africa Wale Odeyemi said, “By launching this offering into Africa, we’re eliminating connectivity barriers that growing businesses are contending with.

“These include increasing cybersecurity threats, escalating data demands and costs, as well as slow or unresponsive digital applications that stall productivity.”

He added that Vodacom Business Africa offers an end-to-end SD-WAN solution, which implies that they provide both the physical network underlay and the digital overlay so that their clients won’t have to approach various providers to set up the kind of network they need.

“Companies can link to multiple providers and let their software decide which is the fastest, most efficient link to perform specific tasks. When choosing our solution, you don’t have to completely replace an existing network, either.

“You can simply strengthen what you already have. as an overlay technology, our SD-WAN can run on top of existing carrier-grade multiprotocol label switching connections (MPLS) and across hybrid WANs. Plus, it’s scalable and configurable to meet each business’s needs and pace of growth”, he added.

The Vodacom Business Africa SD-WAN is fully managed by a team of technology experts, and streamlines networks across multiple locations locally and internationally.

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MTN to Bid For Second 5G Spectrum; Other Telcos Protest

MTN to bid for a second 5g spectrum on December 16, 2022

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Nigerian mobile telecommunications company, MTN has showcased a potential interest to bid for a second 5G spectrum in the forthcoming auction which is scheduled for December 19, 2022.

The potential bidding however has been opposed by other telecommunication companies which claimed the move is against the spirit of competition. 

Investors King could recall that MTN and Mafab Communications won the first 3.5GHz spectrum license for a 5G network which was auctioned in December 2021 by the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC).

The highly competitive auction which took place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja also witnessed the participation of Airtel

Subsequently, in September 2022, MTN finally launched the 5G network to boost internet speed in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kano, Owerri, and Maiduguri.

However, to access the 5G network, users will need to have compatible devices which is a bit expensive for average Nigerians.

To this end, MTN thereafter partnered with a phone financing company, Intelligra to bridge the cost of 5G-enabled smartphones. 

According to MTN Chief Marketing Officer, Adia Sowho, the partnership with Intelligra is aimed to drive 5G adoption in Nigeria. 

Meanwhile, barely two months after MTN launched its 5G network, the leading telecommunication company in Nigeria has showcased a potential bid for the second spectrum which is scheduled to hold on Friday. 

At a stakeholders engagement meeting organised in Lagos, MTN’s General Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Ikenna Ikeme, said the company had entered the last auction in 2021 with the expectation that it was an open market and it would be allowed to participate in other auctions should the need arise.

This, however, did not go down well with other telecommunication companies which claimed that should MTN be allowed to participate in the second auction and eventually win, it will make them dormant players which could affect the overall growth of the industry. 

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Umar Garba Danbatta who presided over the engagement session noted that all contending issues will be given due consideration before the auction on Friday. 

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Access Bank, Zenith Bank, Others Activity Level Jump Despite Stock Market Negative Close

Investors transacted 187,094,282 shares worth N2.535 billion in 3,326 transactions with Access Bank accounting for 87,923,339 shares valued at N704,474,274.95

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Despite the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) opening in the red on Monday, activity on Access Bank continued to increase while Zenith Bank and others followed closely.

Investors transacted 187,094,282 shares worth N2.535 billion in 3,326 transactions with Access Bank accounting for 87,923,339 shares valued at N704,474,274.95. This may not be unconnected to Herbert Wigwe’s recent acquisition. The Chairman, Access Holdings Plc has dumped almost a billion on Access Bank stocks in the last one month.

The banking index appreciated by 26 basis points (bps) on 3.48% and 1.42% gain in the value of Union Bank of Nigeria and Sterling Bank.

The consumer goods index and industrial index were unchanged on Monday. The oil and gas shed 38 basis points on 2.56% decline in Oando.

The market vaue of all listed equities stood at N23.867 trillion, a decline of N82 billion from N23.949 trillion it closed on Friday. The NGX All-share index shed 0.34% from 43,968.75 index points it settled last week to 43,818.12 index points.

The Exchange Yea-to-date return declined to 2.58% as only 13 stocks closed in the green against another 13 that lost points. See other details below.

Top Five Gainers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
FTNCOCOA N 0.31 N 0.34 0.03 9.68 %
CHIPLC N 0.58 N 0.62 0.04 6.90 %
MANSARD N 1.53 N 1.62 0.09 5.88 %
CHAMS N 0.24 N 0.25 0.01 4.17 %
UBN N 5.75 N 5.95 0.20 3.48 %

Top Five Losers 

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
JOHNHOLT N 0.81 N 0.73 -0.08 -9.88 %
SCOA N 1.75 N 1.58 -0.17 -9.71 %
PRESTIGE N 0.39 N 0.36 -0.03 -7.69 %
UNITYBNK N 0.57 N 0.54 -0.03 -5.26 %
AFRIPRUD N 5.35 N 5.10 -0.25 -4.67 %

Top Five Trades

Symbols Volume Value
ACCESSCORP 87923339.00 704474274.95
ZENITHBANK 19323689.00 385788915.25
TRANSCORP 10679983.00 11613144.33
UNITYBNK 10175240.00 5339887.59
NGXGROUP 5255594.00 112846073.20

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About 9.7 Million Phone Numbers Barred From Making Calls

Around 9.7 million phone numbers were barred by the two largest telecommunications companies in Africa.

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Two leading mobile telecommunications networks in Nigeria, MTN and Airtel have barred about 9.7 million phone numbers from making calls due to issues related to National Identification Numbers. Earnings reports filed to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) show. 

Investors King gathered that in April 2022, more than 72 million phone numbers were barred from making calls. The directive to barn phone numbers that were not linked to their National Identification Number came from the Federal Government through the Nigeria Commission Commission (NCC). 

A joint statement released by the spokespersons of NCC, Ikechukwu Adinde, and National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Kayode Adegoke partly read: 

“Outgoing calls will subsequently be barred for telephone lines that have not complied with the NIN-SIM linkage Policy from the 4th of April, 2022. Subscribers of such lines are hereby advised to link their SIMs to their NINs before the Telcos can lift the restriction on their lines,”. 

The statement added that the president has approved the implementation of the policy after the deadline has been extended on several occasions. 

The federal government had earlier stated that the policy will help the government to fight insecurity, particularly bandits and terrorists. 

Meanwhile, both MTN and Airtel have revealed that the policy has eaten deep into their profit as almost 10 million phone subscribers could not make outgoing calls. 

A look at the two telecoms eating reports shows that while 16. 2 million subscribers who had their lines barred have submitted their NINs for verification only 6.5 million had been verified as of September 30, 2022

Leaving about 9.7 million phone subscribers in the cold despite submitting their NIN for linkage. A responsibility that is expected of the National Identity Management Commission

Revenue growth for the first half of the year was impacted by the effect of barring outgoing voice calls in Nigeria for those customers who had not submitted their NINs, Airtel noted in its report. 

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