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Deployment Of 5G Network In Nigeria At 97%

Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC) readiness to begin full deployment and implementation of 5G network in the country is at 97 percent status, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has said. Danbatta re-affirmed the status of the Commission’s 5G technology deployment in a statement on Thursday. Danbatta, during the annual African Tech Alliance Forum (AFRITECH) 2021, held in Lagos with the theme: “Embracing Changes and Digital Transformation in the New Normal,” stated that this paradigm shift in communication has led to a significant increase in network connectivity requirements as a result of an unprecedented upsurge in internet traffic, occasioned by the use of a plethora of web applications. He explained that the NCC is working with operators to implement a number of initiatives to ensure network expansion. These, he said, include an ongoing plan to auction spectrum in 3.5 gigahertz (Ghz) band to operators for the deployment of 5G network in Nigeria.

MTN Subscribers Lament Nationwide Network Outage

Subscribers of MTN Nigeria on Saturday lamented the breakdown in network services, obstructing calls, internet data, and SMS services across the country. The mobile network operator confirmed the breakdown in a short message, apologizing for the inconvenience and assuring subscribers that the network challenge will be fixed and sorted.

COVID-19: YouTube Bans Anti-Vaccine Contents From Platform

In line with the expansion of misinformation policies, YouTube has on Wednesday announced the ban on anti-vaccine content from its platform. In a statement on its official blog, the company said it has since last year taken down "over 130,000 videos for violating" the COVID-19 vaccine policies.

Clubhouse Launches Private Chat Room Feature

Social audio app, Clubhouse has launched “Wave”, a feature that allows users to start a private chat with friends by waving virtually to indicate they are available. The company disclosed this in a tweet, saying “There are over 700k rooms opened every day on Clubhouse. Yes, that includes the big moments you see in the news — but it’s also lots of lovely, small rooms between friends. So, we built a new feature to make those casual chats even easier! Say hello to Wave.”

Another Global Outage Hits Facebook

Facebook on Friday confirmed that users across the world again had problems accessing its services for hours due to a tweak in its systems, making it the second global outage in one week. “Sincere apologies to anyone who wasn’t able to access our products in the last couple of hours,” a Facebook spokesperson told AFP.

Facebook Halts Instagram App For Kids

Facebook has announced that it has suspended the development of Instagram Kids, an app for children over the age of 13 years. This was released in a statement by Instagram chief, Adam Mosseri, saying “Facebook wants to listen to the voice of parents, experts, policy makers and regulators.”

100 Days: Twitter Pleads With FG Over Ban

100 days after the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) banned Twitter in the country, the microblogging platform has lost about 23.44 per cent out of its market share. The company before the ban had a market share of 25.52 per cent in Nigeria, but this has drastically reduced to 2.8 per cent as of August 2021. The company has however opened talks with the Government so as to resolve the ban.

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