Author: ITPulse

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ITPulse is a wholly information technology communication (ICT) news website, with a special focus on the African continent. The website provides up-to-date biz-tech news, analysis and comprehensive and thorough insight into the continent's ICT terrain

Technology is neutral. It is neither good nor bad. Although, it can be used for either good or bad. It is however so ubiquitous today that it cannot be ignored. In an increasingly digital world, technology holds immense potential to drive positive social change and address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. This brought about the term Tech for Good.   Tech for Good refers to the intentional use of technology to generate positive social outcomes. It encompasses a broad spectrum of initiatives to solve social, economic, and environmental problems through innovative technological solutions. These initiatives often focus on healthcare,…

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In a move specifically focused on equipping students with the digital skills they need to thrive in the 21st century, Nigeria is taking a big step towards a more digital future by revamping its school curriculum. The call for change came from Kashifu Inuwa, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), who spoke on the urgent need to update the current curriculum to include digital skills at all levels of education. He believes this call aligns with President Tinubu’s plan to create jobs through technology and boost digital literacy to 70% by 2027. Inuwa emphasizes the changing landscape…

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A new study shows Nigeria’s internet presence is booming as the country jumped to second place in Africa for domain name registrations. This means more Nigerian businesses and individuals are staking their claims on the internet. The study, by ICANN and PowerSoft Africa, found over 4.3 million domain names registered across Africa’s country-specific codes (ccTLDs). Nigeria itself has over 215,000 registrations for its ccTLD, “.ng”. That number is growing fast, according to Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), the Nigerian internet regulator. There are a few reasons for this growth. First, Nigeria has a large and growing population, many of whom…

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Key stakeholders in the country’s digital economy sector are set to converge at the forthcoming Policy Implementation Assisted Forum (PIAFo) to dissect and stimulate the effective implementation of Nigeria’s renewed agenda for the digital economy. PIAFo, now in its sixth edition, is slated for Wednesday, July 10 at Radisson Blu Hotels, GRA Ikeja, Lagos, with a thematic focus of: “Accelerating Collective Prosperity through Technical Efficiency”. According to the organisers, the strategic plan of the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation Digital Economy (FMCIDE) released recently by the federal government is the anchor policy for the forum as the strategic plan embodies…

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This UEFA EURO ‘24 football season, leading fintech platform, PalmPay, brings loads of excitement for its users in partnership with iLOT, BetWay, BetCorrect, AccessBet and BetKing to unveil the Bet and Win Big promo. From June 14th to July 15th, 2024, users can deposit in their betting wallets and stand a chance to win an iPhone 15 Pro and share in millions of cash prizes. How to Play and Win Download the PalmPay App: If you haven’t already, download the PalmPay app from your app store. Deposit and Win Draws: Deposit a minimum of N2,000 to get a 1 draw…

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Zipline, the global leader in instant logistics, and CorpsAfrica, a global NGO that recruits and trains educated African youth as volunteers to live and work in rural, under-resourced communities, have joined forces to tackle the critical need for safe and adequate blood supplies in health facilities across Ghana. This partnership aims to increase blood supplies through a series of comprehensive initiatives, leveraging the strengths and reach of both organizations to save more lives. Despite the importance of a reliable blood supply for effective healthcare delivery, recent data has revealed a troubling trend of low voluntary blood donations in Ghana. In…

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African payments leader Interswitch and global real-time payments software giant ACI Worldwide have strengthened their over 20-year partnership to champion digital payments across the African continent. At a high-profile customer engagement event held at Lagos’ Eko Hotel and Suites recently, the two companies highlighted the instrumental roles they have played in shaping Africa’s payments ecosystem with cutting-edge payment solutions designed to revolutionize the continent’s financial landscape. Boosting digital payments was a central theme, with discussions exploring innovative solutions and transformative strategies to propel business development and reshape the payment landscape. Industry experts shared insights on modern financial sector trends and…

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By Martin Ekpeke Facts about why the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) temporarily suspended license issuance in three telecom categories have emerged. The three categories are Value Added Services (VAS) Aggregator Licences, Interconnect Exchange Service Licences and Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Licences. Findings by ITPulse revealed three reasons why the telecom regulator took the decision that was made public recently. They are: Market Review: The NCC seeks to assess market saturation, competition dynamics, and potential service improvement opportunities within these categories. Enhanced Competitiveness: The review aims to create a more level playing field for existing licensees and encourage better service…

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Nigeria is in talks with the World Bank to finance a significant expansion of its fiber optic cable network, aiming to become Africa’s third-largest in the category, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani has said. Disclosing this on his X handles during the kickoff of Nigeria Week in Washington, United States, the Minister said the initiative follows the recent government approval of a special purpose vehicle to oversee the project’s delivery, targeting an additional 90,000 kilometers of cables. “Excellent discussions with the World Bank Global Digital Development team on our digital economy agenda, particularly our plans to build…

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By Lerato Bojabotseha Youth are the active drivers of technology adoption and innovation, often being the first to embrace new developments, and thus setting trends and encouraging businesses to incorporate such advancements. Given that over 60% of South Africa’s population is under age 35, according to figures published by Statista, the country’s youthful population is uniquely positioned to embrace and shape the future of technology. This trend is evident in how Generation Z is currently shaping the way people communicate and this in turn is compelling businesses to amend their communication strategies to suit this demographic. In line with this,…

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