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A Step Faster: Itel Mobile And Olamide Launch Itel P36 And P36 Pro In First Virtual Product Launch



itel Mobile, Africa’s leading consumer-centric smartphone brand, has introduced cutting edge additions to its flagship power series, itel P36 and P36 Pro LTE at her first ever virtual product launch in Lagos.

The P36 series consolidates the smartphone for everyone brand’s investments in mobile communication offerings that are budget-friendly, durable, and reliable. The series advances the legacy of long-lasting battery performance with a 72-hour battery life and internet connectivity upgrades.

Prior to the unveiling, itel Mobile narrated a compelling growth story. Through detailed understanding of the consumer, the brand has satisfied mobile communication needs and earned significant recognition over the years. In 2019, the International Data Corporation (IDC) ranked itel Mobile as one of the top 4 smartphone players in the Middle East and Africa. It is also the global no. 1 feature phone player according to another 2019 report from the IDC.

First of Its Kind

Sustaining a well-established culture of providing innovative mobile communications offerings to everyone, the itel P36 Pro LTE is fitted with 4G LTE, the first of its kind on the series. It’s a premium offering that delivers superfast internet connection without buffers. It’s 8 times faster than the itel P33 Plus launched last year. This amazing speed ensures fast uploads, downloads, and smooth play of HD videos.

The introduction of the itel P36 series aligns with the expansion drive of the brand, from mobile products to consumer electronics. There is itel TV comprising S and A series, and itel smartphone accessories – power banks, smart fitness bands, and Bluetooth earphones which have been introduced to provide more budget-friendly options in these categories.

With the recent signing on of Afro-pop star, Olamide Adedeji as brand ambassador in Nigeria, itel Mobile initiates a mutual partnership for improved engagements with consumers. Both brands share similar values – they serve the mass markets. itel Mobile is a leader in the smartphone mass market in Nigeria offering reliable and affordable smartphones for everyone, while Olamide makes popular music for the streets, rolling out frequent hits they can relate with.

The Superfast Advantage

Enabled by a 5000mAh battery, the series comes with a 5V, 2A, 10W fast charge feature. This means 10 minutes charging gives the user 1 hour for phone calls. To get the series to full charge, it takes just 3 hours and 25 minutes- two times up from the 7 hours, 50 minutes obtainable on the regular 5000mAh battery. And the battery can last 72 hours.

The series has an impressive 6.5” HD+ Waterproof Fullscreen display and 8.6mm slim body design set-up. Also, itel has equipped the series with the i-Cast feature to project the smartphone screen on itel TV for bigger viewing experience. itel P36 and P36 Pro LTE sport dual security – face unlock & a multi-functional fingerprint sensor to protect and guarantee privacy for users.

The introduction of itel P36 and P36 Pro LTE affirms itel Mobile’s sustained push towards innovative and stylish smartphone offerings at a budget-friendly price. It’s also about value creation for the consumer with major improvement on features and specifications that surpass what is obtainable in the market. The brand is keen on sustaining this momentum for the ultimate goal of satisfying our consumers.” said Oke Umurhohwo, Marketing Communications Manager (West Africa), itel Mobile at the launch of the series.

The itel P36 and P36 Pro LTE are available nationwide from June 6th, 2020.
With itel P36 series, itel sets a new innovation and growth record in her quest to rank among the top-three mobile brands globally.

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Top Technological Trends COVID-19 Has Brought On Our World



The current corona virus pandemic been experienced in Nigeria and across the globe has proved without any iota of doubt that technology can not only be used to achieve a lot of human process, but can also be leveraged to bring different groups of people scattered all over the world together to interact and achieve a common goal.

Needless to say is the fact that technology is a process and a tool to achieve success and increase productivity especially in a complex society like ours where certain cultures are gradually been eroded.

In the light of the above, several trends have emanated and this has shaped our reality and widened our horizons to different things as to the usage of this veritable and indispensable tool known as technology. Below are the basic ones:

Remote Jobs/Virtual Workplace.
This without mincing words is one of the trends that COVID-19 has brought upon the world, most importantly the word of business. Several business organisations and technological companies have ordered their workers to work from home. Such companies include: Twitter, Facebook, Amazon etc. This has been reported by the New York Times and the CNN.

I personally seemed to have come to terms with this as I have to perform my duties and complete them as though I were to be in office interacting physically with my boss. Technology has thus assisted organizations to break the wall even without breaking it using a digger or caterpillar. Workers and bosses are now able to interact as though they were meeting physically.

Distance Learning
This is another hitherto important trend. Since the beginning of the lockdown/stay at home directive given by the federal government, many educational institutions have remained under lock and key. Consequently, many students are unable to engage in learning activities.

However, many of these institutions have been awakened to the consciousness of using technology to teach students. Among such is the Babcock University Schools and the Apostolic Faith Secondary School both in Lagos.

Similarly, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) had last month opened a web portal to allow students who are preparing for the Senior School Certificate Examination have access to educational resources so they will be prepared maximally for the examinations.

Apparently aware of the above, the House of Representatives last week moved a motion that the Federal Government should implement an online education policy. This is to prevent students from lagging behind in their studies.

As a result of the large crowds experienced in market places, there has been a ban on trading and business activities. This is to enforce social distancing orders and to contain the spread of the corona virus pandemic.

Nonetheless, online business seems to be the new reality. Thus, e-commerce websites and organizations like Jumia and Konga are gradually gaining grounds and pulling customers. In a recent discussion with a friend, I was made to know that food items as low as groundnut oil are available on these online stores not to talk of clothing and other essential household items.

Development of More Internet Apps
To make life much more comfortable and easier for people, computer and information technology experts are continually developing applications to meet day to day operations. One of such is the zoom application which before now wasn’t very popular.

I personally must confess to the fact that the corona virus pandemic was what opened my consciousness as to the fact that there was an app called zoom. I was only aware of Skype and WhatsApp’s video functionality.

This was limited in usage as it was a one on one method. Zoom can take several people at once and is been used for organizational interactions, meetings interviews etc.

Digital and Cashless Transactions
Many financial institutions remain closed to business transactions. However, other ways of transactions have evolved. One of such is the use of the Cashless economy and Point of Sale terminals.

This is fast, efficient and saves time. The system has even proved to be a means of livelihood for many as this is what they engage in to find their means of survival. Some of these include the first monie mobile agents, Opay etc.

Tele Health
Doctors and other medical professionals are finding ways to attend to their patients without physical interactions. Patients therefore, need not come to the hospital for them to meet the doctor.

Within, the snap of a finger all issues are discussed thoroughly. The doctor gives the prescribed medication and the patient finds relevant stores where such prescriptions can be purchased.

Internet Bandwidth and 5G Technology
With the increasing demand for network solutions that are fast, efficient and cost-effective, internet service providers have been motivated to increase their bandwidth from the current 4G technology to 5G which has been adjudged the best in terms of the speed of connection.

Apart from this, the internet service providers are also increasing their coverage to villages and hamlets so they would be able to access the internet.

In the future, it is believed that some operations would simply be accessible and achievable strictly through 5G technology.

Increase in the use of Video Content
The rate at which video content content is been produced and shared these days is at a rather increasing rate. This is largely due to the fact that there is a break in face to face interaction. People therefore are looking for other ways bridge that gap. As a result, video calls are on the rise.

Churches are using YouTube and Instagram to stream their services to their members who are not able to come to church to worship.

Robotics and Space Engineering
Satellite, drones and other associated equipments are been deployed in several places to collect relevant data which can assist in the process of decision making. For instance, in war-torn areas such as Nigeria’s North-Eastern territory that is been ravaged by the boko haram insurgency.

This entails the establishment of a central control point or server which serves as the main point of contact. From here, data is collected and distributed across other geographical areas or groups.

Increase in the usage of Data
Usage of internet data at this point is at the peak. This is because, people want to be an online at every time to connect with loved ones and be informed about current gists on the #coronavirus pandemic.

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn are some of the social networking applications that have gained ground during this period. People want to ensure that they and their distant friends and relatives are safe.

This has also proved to be a means of livelihood as several people are now in the business of selling internet data at affordable prices.

Remote Sensory Solutions and Artificial Intelligence
The deployment of digital communication facilities is also another technological reality the current COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore.

Digital sensors and monitoring equipments are now been installed and used in places such as factories, oil fields and large business environment.

Operators who are far away can watch the proceedings happening in these areas without been present physically. Some of these equipments are also operated remotely with the use of advanced machineries and applications.

The above are few of the technological trends currently occasioned by the influx of the corona virus disease. All these trends indicate that communication technology will play a great role in reshaping a post Covid-19 world.

The most important question you need to ask however is:
What is my level of preparedness to stay afloat with these trends? I will be glad to hear your views in the comments section.

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Nigeria, 22 Others Now Connected To New Subsea Cable – Facebook



Plans are on the way to connect Nigeria and 22 other countries within the Continents of Africa, the Middle East and Europe to the internet.

This was made known by Facebook in conjunction with other telecommunication companies.

The project which was christened 2Africa involved other telecoms operators such as China Mobile International, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange and Vodafone.

In a statement jointly issued by the companies, the companies noted that the essence of the collaboration was to construct the ‘world’s largest’ subsea cable. This was to be done by Alcatel Submarine Networks to build the cable in a project that is fully funded.

The cables, according to the statement, will span a distance of 37,000km (22,990 miles) and interconnect Europe (eastward via Egypt), the Middle East (via Saudi Arabia), and 21 landings in 16 countries in Africa.

The companies said they expected the system to be live by 2023 or early 2024 and would deliver more than the total combined capacity of all subsea cables serving Africa today, with a design capacity of up to 180Tbps on key parts of the system.

In addition, the 2Africa parties and Airtel had signed an agreement with Telecom Egypt to provide a completely new crossing linking the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, the first to be in a decade.

According to the Vice President of Network Infrastructure at Facebook, Najam Ahmad, 2Africa is “a major element of our ongoing investment in Africa to bring more people online to a faster Internet. We have seen first-hand the positive impact that increased connectivity has on communities, from education to healthcare.”

Another benefit of the cable is that it would assist Facebook and other tech giants reduce bandwidth expenses.

In his own perspective, the President of Alcatel Submarine Networks, Alain Biston, noted that, “We are honoured by the trust of our partners and proud to have been selected for this project. With this state-of-the-art subsea system, Africa will take a giant leap to the digital age thanks to the best-in-class technologies.”

Biston said the company had deployed the majority of submarine cables around the continent, adding that 2Africa would be a great new chapter.

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