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Ericsson Wins Digital Transformation Award at Telecoms World Middle East Conference 2020

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Ericsson Wins Digital Transformation Award at Telecoms World Middle East Conference 2020, SiliconNigeria

Ericsson has won the Digital Transformation Award – Vendor at the Telecoms World Middle East Conference 2020 for carrying out network and digital transformations.

The award honors solution providers that have successfully offered the best solutions available for digital transformation.

The award recognizes Ericsson’s process-driven digital transformation capabilities, implemented to turn service providers into digital network operators fit for the future. Its game-changing technology is easy to use, adopt and scale, enabling customers to capture the full value of connectivity.

Ericsson is working with many regional service providers to improve their customers’ experience and at the same time create efficiencies across functional divisions. It has been the lead player in making 5G networks a commercial reality in the region – bringing its global expertise to further drive 5G development across the region.

The Digital Transformation Award – Vendor was presented at the Telecoms World Middle East Conference 2020, a virtual event for strategy, innovation and partnerships for the telecom’s ecosystem. The two-day virtual event focuses on the strategies, technologies and big ideas that are essential for telecoms companies in 2020 through broadcasting presentations and live interactive sessions from leading industry executives across the region. 

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Nigerian Telcos Explain Poor Network Services, Appeals For Calm

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The Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), has appealed to operators and subscriber for network outage experience by operators on Tuesday which affected the quality of services provided to subscribers, saying none of it was intentional. 

According to a release made available to the press on Wednesday, the association said, “the outages have been compounded by power and other operations-related issues that have occurred across some major routes in Lagos metropolis and other states resulting in congestion of networks and impact on quality of services. 

The release also stated that, “Further movement restrictions and the volatility on the streets has compounded the restoration of outages because engineers have not been able to move about to fix the problems.” 

“At the moment, affected member operators are exploiting all avenues to remedy the situation. Engineers are making relentless effort round the clock to resolve issues, while in the interim, efforts are being made to optimize coverage utilising alternative solutions as a stop-gap solution to the most impacted locations.”

“We appeal to subscribers to please bear with us and be patient. Let us remember that we need both voice and data communication especially at this critical time.”

“We therefore appeal to our brothers and sisters who are still at the barricades, to please grant access to our member operator engineers to be able to access the affected locations to restore telecom services.”

ALTON also expressed his regrets on the  reports of recent incidents of violence across the country, said that, “The wanton destruction of lives and properties is disheartening. As service providers and employers of labour our immediate priority is the safety of our staff across the country.

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ITU Virtual Digital World 2020 Seeks More Investments in ICT Infrastructure Amid COVID-19

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The ITU Digital World 2020 has launched virtual proceedings, welcoming highest level influential participants from public and private sectors and across the information and communication technology (ICT) industry onto its virtual event platform.

Discussions will focus on the critical role of digital technologies and public-private sector collaboration in the COVID-19 era.

ITU Virtual Digital World 2020 Seeks More Investments in ICT Infrastructure Amid COVID-19, SiliconNigeria

The three-day programme began with the opening ceremony, in the presence of H.E. Vu Duc Dam, Deputy Prime Minister, Viet Nam; Nguyen Manh Hung, Minister of Information and Communications, Viet Nam; and a distinguished audience of Ministers and invited guests, and included a special video message from Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
“COVID-19 has generated a huge demand for more ICT services and more advanced technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence and cloud computing – but it has also revealed deep digital inequalities between those who are connected and those who are not,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao during his opening video message. “We need a new strategy based on smart and innovative policies that can attract more investments in ICT infrastructure, and we need a new way of working together.”
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam then welcomed ministers, regulators and C-level executives from across the world and all sectors of the digital ecosystem to the opening of the Ministerial Roundtables, the first such high-level ministerial meetings to be held on this topic since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying: “For the last few years, digitalization has become an irreversible trend that provides every country, economy, organization and individual with unprecedented development opportunity, as well as corresponding challenges that lead to changes in habits and personal life. Digital transformation is not only technological transformation, but more importantly, transformation in terms of design mindset and policy formulation of micro and macro scales.”

In opening the first ministerial roundtable ITU Deputy Secretary-General Malcolm Johnson said: “ICTs will be a key part of building back better for a safer, more connected, and more sustainable world ─ a world where everyone can have access to digital technologies and services that are safe, attractive, and affordable. This is why we are fortunate to have such a distinguished mix of public and private sector representatives here with us today to help define a faster way for economic recovery through digital technologies.”

In addition to ministerial roundtables, forum webinars will delve into policies, technologies and trends driving the digital economy. They include Bridging the broadband gap: stimulating public and private sectors to connect the unconnected; Entering the 5G era: demand, deployment, and disquiet; and Cybersecurity and privacy solutions: safeguarding our digital world. A global virtual exhibition, organized by Viet Nam and supported by ITU, will showcase the tech innovations of more than 100 virtual exhibitors from Viet Nam and around the globe.

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Airtel Zambia, Ericsson to Drive Responsible e-Waste Disposal and Recycling

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Airtel Networks Zambia Plc has partnered with Ericsson on a ‘Product Take-Back’ program to minimize the potential environmental impact associated with the disposal of decommissioned electrical equipment.

The Product Take-Back program is part of Ericsson’s Sustainability efforts geared towards taking accountability for environmental impacts of all products and services during their lifecycle. The program ensures that end-of-life material is treated and recycled in an environmentally responsible manner.

Airtel Zambia Ericsson to Drive Responsible e-Waste Disposal and Recycling, SiliconNigeria
Airtel CEO and Managing Director_Apoorva Mehrotra and Todd Ashton, Vice President and Head of Ericsson East and South Africa

Airtel continues to be committed to ensuring that the beauty of Zambia is sustainably conserved and understands that environmental impact starts with its own operations.

Airtel’s CEO and Managing Director, Apoorva Mehrotra says: “Airtel is committed to being socially responsible. We believe that the adoption of responsible e-waste disposal techniques will help to manage the impact on the environment. We are collaborating with Ericsson in e-waste management to not only evacuate the waste but also educate the general public and all key stakeholders about the importance of the proper disposal of e-waste in the country.”

Ericsson provides free product retrieval and safe disposal services for equipment that has reached its shelf life, as part the company’s extended producer responsibility. Ericsson offers the program to all customers globally, which guarantees that e-waste does not end up in trade-restricted areas or landfills.

Todd Ashton, Vice President and Head of Ericsson East and South Africa says: “Ericsson aims to minimize the negative environmental impact of our own activities and products in operation, while delivering solutions to enable the low-carbon economy. Our partnership with Airtel in Zambia extends the scope of our Product Take-Back program to include creating awareness about e-waste and helping to ensure that end-of-life material is waste-treated in an environmentally responsible manner.”

E-waste, not recycled properly, is an under acknowledged environmental hazard around the world. Airtel Zambia’s initiative is geared towards creating awareness and minimizing the potential environmental impact associated with the disposal of decommissioned electrical and electronic equipment in the country.

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