Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, says Nigeria’s digital economy will soon be ranked among the best in the world.
Pantami said this on Tuesday at the second national conference of the School of Science and Technology (SOST) at the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi.
He said the theme of the conference, ‘The Role of Science, Technology and Innovations in a Digital Economy: Towards Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’, was timely in relation to the objective of digital economy.
“It is quite important because our nation Nigeria is at a point where it is evolving into one of the nations that will in the next couple of years be regarded as one of the leading digital economies in the world,” NAN quoted Pantami as saying.Advertisement
“This is the desire of the ministry and President Muhammadu Buhari that all agencies under the ministry of communications and digital economy, private sector and stakeholder companies are working towards Nigeria’s digital economy.
“Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) are seen as the main enablers of realising some, if not all, of SDGs such as ending hunger through agrictech, no poverty through ICT, good health, among others.”
Represented by Muhammad Abubakar, managing director of Galaxy Backbone Plc, the minister defined digital economy as economic activity resulting from billions of everyday online connections among people, businesses, devices, data and processes.Advertisement
He said the country’s digital economy is taking shape and undermining conventional notions about how businesses are structured, how firms interact and how consumers obtain services, information and goods.
Nigerians are safe with 5G network – FG clarifies
The Executive Vice Chairman of the National Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta on Monday in Abuja again clarified that Nigerians are safe with the introduction of the Fifth Generation Network, otherwise known as 5G network.
This was even as he also disclosed that with the launch of Computer Incidence Response Team, telecommunications network across the country are secured against any form of cyber attack.
The Senate had in May 2020 directed the federal government to suspend the planned deployment of the 5G network in the country following the fears that it would constitute health hazards to human lives.
Resolution of the upper legislative chamber followed a motion sponsored by Senator Uche Ekwunife (PDP Anambra Central), who in her lead debate said there were growing concerns on the ongoing discussion about the current status of 5G network in Nigeria, especially in regards to the question, “if Nigeria is presently connected to 5G.”
But the NCC boss, while appearing before the National Assembly joint Committee on Communications to defend his commission’s 2022 budget proposal, maintained that there’s no any harm associated with the new technology.
“Concerning the fear about the 5G spectrum, we share the same concern because it is justify and we have been sensitizing Nigerians about the safety of the new technology. The 5G network we are going to launch has no harm.”
“Up till date, there is no credible evidence about the health hazard of the 5G technology, therefore it is safe,” he stressed.
According to him, the 5G Spectrum network is good for the economy and the nation’s social transformation.
On the 2022 budget, the NCC boss gave a total of N632.39billion proposal as revenue generation by the commission, explaining that the revenue would be realised through the sale of network and fines, among others.
For the commission’s main budget, a sum of N86.2billion is proposed for recurrent expenditures, N29.36billion for capital while N2.55billion is earmarked for special projects.
ASUS launches Vivobook 13 Slate OLED (T3300)
Taiwan’s multinational computer and phone hardware and electronics company, ASUS, has launched the first 13.3″ OLED Windows detachable laptop, called the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED.
The fun-filled 2-in-1Windows 11 device which is the world’s first 13.3-inch Windows detachable laptop1 —rewrites the rules to make it easier to enjoy everything, everywhere making it easy to carry just one device for both work and entertainment.
Speaking at the online launch event, Nicole Dezen,Corporate Vice President, Device Partner Sales, Microsoft Corp, said “Windows 11 provides users with the best productivity, casual gaming and entertainment experiences, and the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED delivers on all three.”
Built withabrilliant OLED touchscreen and quad-core Intel® processor, the device is vivaciously styled and amazingly versatile, with a detachable full-size keyboardand a cover standthat has a 170° hinge. There’s also a high-precision ASUS Pen 2.0 stylus, neatly stored in a handy magnetic pen holder so it’s always to hand. This do-it-all laptop is equally at home in landscape or portrait mode, with or without a keyboard, so writing, typing, or watching at any angle in any environment is effortless.It’s the passport to a new world of freedom!
Next year, Vivobook 13 Slate OLED will be available in several unique editions, including two Artist Editions designed in collaboration with artists Steven Harrington and Philip Colbert. These exclusive editions are themed to reflect modern pop culture, expressing the true individuality that Vivobook stands for.
In addition to the standard model, early in 2022, the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED will be available in two exciting and exclusive Artist Editions that reflect contemporary pop culture and celebrate individuality. The Artist Editions are designed in collaboration with artists Steven Harrington and Philip Colbert. Steven Harrington is a Californian contemporary artist, and his Artist Edition offers a unique design inspired by his quirky art pieces. The Philip Colbert Artist Edition is a surrealist take by this London-based contemporary artist.
The Vivobook 13 Slate OLED is the master of entertainment, thanks to its big 13.3-inch OLED Dolby Vision touchscreen — capable of displaying 1.07 billion colors — that puts ordinary tablets in the shade. The display has a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio that provides a full-screen viewing experience when watching movies and TV shows — unlike a 16:10 or 4:3 display. It’s also PANTONE® Validated with a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 gamut for accurate, vivid colors, and it’s DisplayHDR™ True Black 500 certified for deep blacks and brilliant highlights. Along with its incredible 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, this means it brings out every detail, even in the darkest scenes. This OLED display has a fast 0.2-millisecond response time, and it offers much better eye protection, too, with naturally lower blue-light levels— up to 70% lower than an LCD display — that deliver TÜVRheinland-certified eye care.
Completing the exhilarating entertainment experience is the powerful quad-speaker Dolby Atmos sound system, which uses a smart amplifier to safely drive the four wide-range speakers at their maximum possible distortion-free volume — up to 3.5 times louder than with a standard amplifier — for rich and clear audio.
Ultrafast WiFi 6 is enhanced by ASUS WiFi Master technology for more stable, more reliable connectivity. Owners can take advantage of these benefits via the free one-month Xbox® Game Pass Ultimate that’s bundled with Vivobook 13 Slate OLED .
Vivobook 13 Slate OLED makes it easy to pursue creative hobbies and interests with its responsive touchscreen and high-precision ASUS Pen 2.0. Pop this Microsoft Pen Protocol 2.0-compliant stylus out of its magnetic holder and it’s ready to write, draw or annotate with its 4096-level pressure sensitivity, 5-350grampen-tip force and 266 Hz sampling rate. The four interchangeable pen tips have different textures that mimic 2H, H, HB and HB pencils, providing a truly natural feel for sketching and drawing. Charging is easy via any USB-C charger, and when paired via Bluetooth® the shortcut button provides intuitive one-click functions, such as taking screenshots or navigating to the next page of a presentation. It’s perfect for taking advantage of the free Adobe® Creative Cloud® subscription, which includes one month’s access to all the world-renowned Adobe creative apps.
For work,Vivobook 13 Slate OLED excels at on-the-go productivity with itsdetachable full-size keyboard, whichhas keys spaced 19.05mm apart for comfortable typing — the same as a standard desktop keyboard — with a long 1.4mm key travel. The dishedkey caps also increase fingertip comfort. The mega-sized touchpad is engineered for maximum responsiveness and accuracy, and it has a special coating with a silky-smooth feel.
Zippy performance is provided by the quad-core 3.3 GHz Intel processor, with top-class components that include up to a 256 GB PCIe® Gen 3.0 x4 SSD and up to 8GB of fast LPDDR4X RAM. And what’s more, Intel Bridge technology allows any Android app to run on Windows 11, opening up a whole new world of productivity and entertainment.
Vivobook comes with two USB-C ports, an audio jack, and a microSD card reader ready and waiting. And for fast one-touch login, there’s an optional fingerprint sensor on the power button.
Charging the long-lasting 50 Whbattery is simple, too. USB-C Easy Charge means it can be charged from a power bank or almost any USB-C charger, and the bundled will charge it to 60% in as little as 39 minutes , so there’s never any hanging around.
The new device also has two cameras — a 5 MP camera at the front for clear video calls, and a 13 MP rear camera for taking great photos or videos. AI Noise-Canceling Audio means that voices in meetings are as clear as possible, even when there are lots of people in the room.
All special editions include a special cover stand, wallpaper, a special box, a sleeve, a keyboard, a hard cover case and keyboard stickers. The Philip Colbert Artist Edition also comes with a pair of limited-edition shoelaces. Every standard edition Vivobook 13 Slate OLED comes bundled with a keyboard, cover stand, and ASUS Pen 2.0.
NCC hosts stakeholder engagement on 5G spectrum auction
As part of activities lined up for the implementation of the Fifth Generation (5G) Technology Deployment Plan in the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is set to host a stakeholder engagement forum this week.
A statement signed by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, the Commission’s Director of Public Affairs, says that the forum will afford industry stakeholders the opportunity to discuss the draft Information Memorandum (IM) for the upcoming auction of the 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum band.
Scheduled to hold at the Lagos Marriot Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, Thursday, November 4, 2021, at 10:00 am prompt, the Commission has confirmed that the attendance at the event is open to all interested stakeholders in the telecoms sector and beyond.
The decision to host the stakeholder engagement is in keeping with the provisions of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003 and NCC’s distinctive tradition of robust stakeholder consultation on all telecom regulation-related issues.
In June, the Commission inaugurated a committee to develop the IM for the auction of 3.5 GHz spectrum band, which will be utilized for early deployment of 5G technology services in the country.
The Information Memorandum (IM) is a comprehensive document, which defines the process emplaced by the Commission for the auctioning of the 3.5GHz spectrum band. It also provides information on the Nigerian telecommunications market, details of the spectrum to be made available, the pre-qualification process, the auction process as well as the indicative timetable.
The stakeholder engagement forum is, therefore, an important regulatory prerequisite for the planned auction of the 3.5Ghz spectrum before the end of this year.
Accordingly, the Commission has called on interested stakeholders and members of the public to participate and make contributions to discussions around this important draft document.
In line with the objectives of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria, and the positioning of Nigeria as an early adopter of digital technology as well as a major participant in the growing global digital economy, the successful and timely deployment of 5G is crucial for the country.
The 5G technology is expected to facilitate several emerging technologies, generate innovative new use cases, spur significant socio-economic growth and create jobs.
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