C M Y K By Prince Osuagwu Cyber security advocacy group, the Cyber Security Expert Association of Nigeria, CSEAN, has added voice in the call for the President, Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Electronic Transaction bill, which has been passed by the Senate in May last year. The group said that assenting to the bill becomes very crucial at the moment, when cyber criminals are becoming very daring, innovative and CYBERCRIME: Time to sign Electronic Transaction Bill, CSEAN tells President Buhari …Says, financial transactions need protection are seen destroying economies with just a click of the mouse. The Electronic Transaction Bill is a bill that provides for the validity of contracts expressed in electronic forms, matters relating to evidence, security of online transactions, electronic signatures, disclosure of information, protection of personal data, and protecting the rights of consumers. Speaking to journalists on the sideline of a Cyber Security Meetup in Lagos, the President of CSEAN, Mr. Remi Afon explained that the bill, which has been sitting on the President’s desk for some Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 —23 *Remi Afon time now, will protect Nigerians in their financial transactions when finally Continues on Page 24 *President Buhari LTE modem +, Wi-Fi router inbuilt into the CIU for wireless internet access, remote off or on of electric supply line, mobile and Web- based Token recharge with manual option as a failsafe measure, Web-based dashboard view and control of the energy consumption. He said: “Some of our meters come with the capability to provide Wi-Fi hotspot. Once you have Wi-Fi in an area, and you can stream video, you can do a lot of other services. You can run advert which can generate revenue for the Discos.” He urged these companies to use their meters to deliver additional services by buying the right kind of meters that can for instance deliver Wi-Fi internet connectivity to people’s homes, adding that with internet connectivity, you can stream videos and do other services. Poor power distribution: Smart metering to the rescue By Juliet Umeh Nigeria is regarded as the biggest economy in Africa. However, its power sector is performing far below the level of a big economy. Over half of the population has no access to grid-connected electricity and those who are connected to the grid suffer extensive power outages. Nigeria’s current installed capacity is estimated at around 13,000 MW, only half of this is operational, and only about 5,000 MW reaches the grid. Restricted output has been blamed on gas supply problems, water shortages, grid constraints and breakdowns. According to expert estimations, Nigeria is currently spending roughly billion yearly on offgrid diesel generation. Over the past decades, the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, NESI, has continued to face challenges which has made the sector remain in the vicious cycle of instability, poor network distr- ibution and low customer satisfaction. Some other challenges include estimated billings which most of the customers end up not paying, energy tapping through unscrupulous means among others. All these issues put together result in making the sector face dwindling income. However, just as technology is bringing succour to other sectors of the economy, stakeholders in the information and communication technology, ICT sector, are optimistic that the current situation of the Nigerian power sector can improve tremendously through technology innovations called Smart Metering Solution. This was the focus of the seminar organised by Computer Warehouse Group, CWG PLC, an IT solution firm, tagged: Using Value Services to Solve Energy Crisis, held at the CWG‘s Head office, in Lagos last week. Speaking at the event, Chief Executive Officer of CWG PLC, Mr. James Agada said the company has developed technological solutions that could create additional revenue streams for the Electricity Distribution Companies, DISCOs, in the country. He said: “There are a lot of issues in the power sector obviously. The particular areas where we have interest currently is in the distribution company side where there is clearly an inability of the distribution companies to turn a profit if they keep depending only on the payment for energy consumers. “The reason is not farfetched and it is not unique to Nigeria; it is something that is there in most Sub-Saharan Africa countries because our people are poor and they don’t use much of electricity. Even when they use, they worry about the costs. Agada stated that it is unlikely that any Discos will be profitable from just selling electricity to consumers and therefore, they have to plan for value-added services and those value added services can be delivered using the same assets that they already have. He said: “We have built smart meters that can create additional revenue streams for the DISCOs if they utilise the benefits of other communication systems embedded in the smart meter. Agada said the value-added services solution that CWG PLC brings includes: CWG smart utility solution high speed 4G ...the root cause of non-viability of the power sector as of today is because power is stolen which should have been otherwise billed and accounted for Also speaking, Vice-President, Corporate Development of CWG, Daniel Das, said the root cause of non-viability of the power sector as of today is because power is stolen which should have been otherwise billed and accounted for. He said: “The smart metering solution CWG is bringing to the market combines smart metering, where the meters have their own communication systems, they have software for capturing data and also the system for helping people remotely disconnect, reconnect their meters, recharge them without having to manually punch the keys. “What we are bringing in is a theft prevention system. So every meter, smart or non- smart, prepaid or post-paid, the innovation would help make people to stop drawing power illegally from the lines,” he said. On how the solution can prevent power tapping, he said the theft prevention system ensures that no power is lost by unscrupulous means and once you prevent that, the viability of the sector becomes possible. “So it really doesn’t depend on the meter. Therefore, metering alone cannot solve the problem that the Nigerian electricity supply industry faces." “When it is billed for, the revenue will improve and increase and of course the sector becomes viable on its own accord because the tariffs we pay as customers has in it accompanied for energy, cost and operation.
24— Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 MOBILE MARKET Best Smartphones below N50,000 available across Nigeria online market By Juliet Umeh Most average Nigerians believe they cannot afford quality phones that can perform smart functions because they are not very rich. Well, gone is the era where you have to pay a huge sum to get a premium smartphone experience. This is because there are android phones below N50,000 that can perform smart functions excellently. Understandably, Partner Mobile PS - Power - Wooden - 4G Partner Mobile PS-Power (PS-P1) is a smart device with 5.5 inch IPS display. It has 16GB ROM with SD Card up to 64GB. It also has 2GB RAM, 13MP Sony IMX214 rear camera and 8MP front camera including a non-removable 6200maH lithium-ion battery capacity. One can get it at Konga with N46,050. Leagoo T5 SLOT Huawei Honor 4C The Huawei Honor 4C is a strong sleek valuable device that also has strong qualities. It is quite portable as it is just 5 inches screen display. Huawei Honor 4C has a 13MP Back camera, 5MP front cam, 2GB RAM, 8GB ROM. At Slot, it costs N47,000 Infinix Smart 2 picking a new smartphone is a very daunting task because it is like going into a new relationship with someone you really don’t know. However, this week, Vanguard Mobile Market presents to you the best affordable smart devices with their prices across Nigeria online shops. Leagoo T5 The Leagoo T5 is a 5.5-Inch cameras, fingerprint dual SIM 4G – gold that offers quite a number of features for a low price. The brand may not ring a bell but it is offering much more at a low cost with an interesting spec sheet. Its key features include: 64GB built-in storage with up to 128GB with memory card. Dual 13MP + 5MP rear camera and 13MP front camera as well as 3, 000mAh non removable Li-Po battery. At Jumia online shops, you can get it at N45,800 Huawei Honor 4C Infinix Smart 2 Pro This is one of the phones out there you should give a try if you’re searching for a budget device that has something special to offer. The smartphone is built with plastic and despite that, it looks good and cool with rounded edges. Infinix Smart 2 Pro is an upgraded dual-camera phone with the Face Unlock Technology. It is the advanced version of the Infinix Smart 2 phone that was debuted by Infinix mobility. This smartphone comes with an elegant and beautiful body design with intelligent software. At Jiji online shop, you can get it at N45, 000. Glo records 66% of all new data users in July By Prince Osuagwu The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has indicated that Globacom had the highest new internet subscriber acquisition record in the month of July as it gained 66 per cent of the industry’s new data users. The NCC statistics revealed that Globacom majorly stimulated the noticeable growth in the figure of internet users on hand-held devices during the period in review. The total figure of data users in the country increased to 103.67 million in July from its 102.81 June figure having acquired 866,656 new data users. Explaining the gain in the number of data users, the regulatory agency added that Globacom led the gainers’ chart with 574,821 new data users out of the industry’s total 866,656 new internet users. This, for Globacom, makes a 66 per cent leap from 26.57 million in June to 27.15 million in July. Similarly, the report showed that Globacom has maintained a consistent growth in its subscriber base with a cumulative 2,153,374 new activations since 2018 began. The network had a subscriber base totalling 38,169,780 at the end of December 2017, but has since grown the figure to 40,323,154 as at the end of July 2018. According to the report, the recently added 214,646 new customers gained by the network explains its leap from 40,108,508 subscribers in June to 40,323,154 by the end of July. Coming a distant second was Airtel, Globacom, one of the leading telecoms operators in Nigeria, has been honoured for promoting women empowerment. The company bagged the award of Best Women Enterprise Support Company recently at the Nigerian Women Digital Agenda Summit and Awards, NWDAS, 2018, held at Lagos Oriental Hotel, Lagos. The award was presented to the company by the Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development, CECAD, the organisers of the annual women-oriented ICT summit, tagged: Nigerian Women Digital Agenda Summit and Awards. President of CECAD, Dr. Bayero Agabi, said telecoms operators are the drivers of digital liberalisation, adding that among the telecom operators in Nigeria, Globacom stands out in its support for women in ICT. “The company recognises that women are critical to the digital development the nation craves for and goes ahead to support women in the industry,” Dr. Bayero said. The summit drew attendance from prominent figures in the Information and Communications Technology sector, including the regulatory body, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, the Association of Licensed Operators of Nigeria, ALTON, the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC and Nigeria Internet Registration Association, NIRA. Renowned human rights activist and President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Odumakin, said there was no way anyone could deny that Globacom was king in the area of data. “The company is not only about talk, it has done so much in terms of investment, empowerment and development of women enterprise in Nigeria and so this award is well deserved,” she said. with 149,880 additional customers. This new development pushed the network from 39,898,448 in June to 40,048,328 in July. However, MTN and 9mobile both lost customers within the period under review. MTN’s subscriber base depleted by 999,891 subscribers while 9mobile reduced by 246,221 customers. On the acquisition of new data customers, Airtel’s figure swelled by 375,724 from 26.71 internet users in June to 27.09 million in July. MTN also gained on this score to 39.07 million with its additional 134,197 new data users in July from its 38.94 million figure in June. However, the trend was not favourable to 9mobile as its data subscriptions nosedived from 10.59 million in June to 10.37million as a result of the 218,086 internet users it lost in July. Industry analysts opine that the vast increases that Globacom currently enjoys may not be unconnected with the gamut of attractive and user-friendly packages which give prepaid and post-paid phone users myriads of benefits on the network. These include its recently-launched Glo Yakata and Oga SIM. ….. gets award for supporting women entrepreneurs Globacom’s Acting Head of Unit, Call Centre, Kemi Fadipe, noted that it is important to always acknowledge the efforts of individuals and corporate bodies in Nigeria who over the years have shown support for the cause of women empowerment. She said Globacom is among the front-running women-supporting organisations, adding that the company believes that women empowerment is a necessary step if a country is to overcome the obstacles associated with poverty and development. “Besides, Globacom has been a pillar of support to many female entrepreneurs, assisting them with cutting-edge solutions to enable them to compete favourably and advance in their chosen fields. Globacom is also, today, the greatest supporter of entertainment and entertainers, many of whom are women,” Fadipe said. She said the company would continue to promote the cause of women empowerment in Nigeria. CYBERCRIME: Continues from Page 23 signed into law. Apart from protecting the majority of Nigerians in their financial dealings, the bill will also protect the banks and their infrastructure, as they can leverage it to prosecute cases and make claims. He said the time has come when the government would show great seriousness in ensuring that Nigerians are protected in their financial transactions He said: “As an advocacy group, we are calling on the President to assent to the Electronic Transaction Bill, as it will provide a legal and regulatory framework for conducting transactions using electronic or related media, and for the protection of the rights of consumers including the facilitation of electronic commerce in Nigeria.” Wondering why a bill that seeks to protect the citizens against criminals is delayed, Afon argued that Nigeria is so lackadaisical when it comes to the issues of cyber security. He added that Nigerians always wait for an incident to happen before they can take action. “The government really needs to hold the bull by the horn. Everybody, including the banks is feeling the impact of cybercrime, but the government has not really taken steps to secure the country's cyber space,” he said.