Congo choisi pour tester le réseau 5G afin d’exploiter le potentiel numérique

Le Congo choisi pour tester le réseau 5G afin d’exploiter le potentiel numériqueLe Congo a été sélectionné parmi les 10 pays africains pour expérimenter le réseau 5G, afin d’exploiter pleinement le potentiel numérique et les avantages de la numérisatio…



Le Congo choisi pour tester le réseau 5G afin d’exploiter le potentiel numérique

Le Congo a été sélectionné parmi les 10 pays africains pour expérimenter le réseau 5G, afin d’exploiter pleinement le potentiel numérique et les avantages de la numérisation pour le développement du continent, a indiqué, le 3 mars à Brazzaville, la secrétaire exécutive de la Commission économique pour l’Afrique (Cea), Mme Vera Songwé.

Cette initiative a pour but d’établir un partenariat et de mettre en œuvre des tests 5G dans certains pays africains, en vue de renforcer les capacités des partenaires à ouvrir des opportunités dans les réseaux commerciaux 5G dans plusieurs pays.

Pour Mme Songwé, le déploiement de la 5G va offrir aux opérateurs la possibilité d’améliorer leurs activités et services de consommation existants et de s’attaquer aux chaînes de valeur inexploitées dans la numérisation des industries. «Cette technologie ouvre de nouvelles opportunités dans un nouvel écosystème et les tests vont définir les accords de partenariat nécessaires à sa mise en œuvre», a-t-elle précisé.

Elle a fait savoir que les projets de test 5G impliquent la participation de plusieurs partenaires des organisations des Nations unies, de l’Uit, de l’Onudi, des opérateurs des télécommunications et des régulateurs ainsi que les industries qui peuvent représenter différents domaines, sans oublier les fournisseurs et fabricants de matériels, les fournisseurs des outils de test et de surveillance, la recherche et l’analyse, les entreprises et les opérateurs de réseaux.

Les tests seront menés en étroite collaboration avec les gouvernements et les opérateurs de télécommunication locaux pour s’assurer que toutes les dispositions réglementaires ont été mises en place pour permettre aux opérateurs de réallouer le spectre existant pour la 5G dans le milieu de gamme (par exemple 3,5 GHz), les micro-ondes et millimètres ainsi que les bandes de fréquences Wave (mmWave), par exemple le 26 GHz, a-t-elle souligné.

Pour sa part, le ministre en charge des télécommunications, M. Léon Juste Ibombo, a énuméré les objectifs spécifiques de ce test du réseau 5G, qui consistent à développer les cas d’utilisation de la 5G via un système 5G autonome de bout en bout pour couvrir à terme un large éventail de nouvelles applications, comme les services financiers, la santé, l’éducation, la fabrication, l’Internet, les objets et les villes intelligentes.

Ce réseau 5G va également développer une boîte à outils de test 5G pour chaque phase de déploiement individuelle, afin d’assurer une intégration et un déploiement réussis, de développer des modèles de test 5G standardisés et précis en vue de créer des pratiques de test plus harmonisées à travers le continent, d’identifier les principaux défis lors du test et du déploiement d’un réseau 5G et d’entreprendre des activités de sensibilisation, a-t-il ajouté.

Parmi les pays sélectionnés pour entreprendre le test du réseau 5G, figurent le Maroc, le Cameroun, le Sénégal, le Rwanda, l’Afrique du Sud, le Kenya et le Zimbabwe. https://www.aci.cg/congo-telecommunications-le-congo-choisi-pour-tester-le-reseau-5g-afin-dexploiter-le-potentiel-numerique/?fbclid=IwAR3SoiV3_bBxy5xb3nZepAOpr2Lxhfeq4hVFTsTcYfRwDt_UaFZGp–8BKE

Botswana: BoI, DFIs Seek to Enhance Financing of Businesses

Mr. Olukayode Pitan, the managing director, Bank of Industry (BoI), has called on development financial institutions (DFIs) in the country to increase funding support for businesses in order to enhance the pace of growth and development.

In a meeting with chief executive of DFIs in Abuja, he said it was high time the operators played their role in creating a conducive atmosphere for achieving a sustainable real sector development.

Pitan, who is the Chairman, Association of Nigerian Development Finance Institutions (ANDFIs), however, lamented that the body had been quiet in the past seven years, a development which he said, was not good for the financial institutions.

He also urged members to be more committed to the activities of the association.

He said the meeting was to strategise on how the association would meet once or twice in a year, while assuring them of an office space in the BoI building in Abuja, which can sit a minimum of six staff including the secretariat.

The BoI MD said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) also had interest in ANDFI and wanted it to play a more active role in the continental association.

He noted that South Africa provided Chairman for AADFI before handing over to Botswana, East Africa, adding that while North Africa appeared to be active, the West African body had shown less representation.

This, he said made it imperative for Nigeria to play a vital role in ensuring good representation.

He added: “It is therefore, a good time to begin repositioning ANDFI for better collaborations with both local and international community.

“Repositioning of ANDFI has both local and international advantages hence the need for Nigeria to get involved.”

He gave some of the benefits of the association to include raising a common voice of DFIs to influence CBN circulars and guidelines and also other government policies for operational efficiency.

Other benefits are to speak in one voice on matters of common interest and encourage mutual assistance and investment co-operation among the DFIs.

According to him, the association was inaugurated on October 15, 1982, with 15 foundational members, with the primary objective to create a forum for DFIs in the country to discuss and exchange ideas on issues of common interests while providing a platform for members to cooperate in areas of investment, finance and capacity building.

Prof. Jeffrey Barminas, director-general of the National Research Institute For Chemical Technology (NARICT), Zaria, has described the allegations of corruption and abuse of office leveled against him by Network For Justice (an NGO) as unsubstantiated.

Barminas while speaking with newsmen in Zaria, stated that the allegations were false aimed at distracting the management from its developmental strides.

It would be recalled that the Network for Justice (an NGO) had petitioned to the Minister of Science and Technology, and Chairman Code of Conduct Bureau in a letter dated January 25, 2021, which was signed by Auwalu Musa,

The copy of the petition to the Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau was made available to newsmen and it allegedly accused the Director–General of abuse of office and breach of public service.

The petition also accused the Director General of Corruption and use of ethnic and religious sentiments in running the affairs of the institution.

The organization also accused the Director-General of partiality in the promotion exercise, non-remittance of internally generated revenue, witch-hunting in the transfer of staff and irregularity in contract awards.

According to the petitions, the action of the Director-General contravened the provisions of the Fifth Schedule, Part one, Sections one and nine of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended.

They appealed for a powerful administrative inquiry into the activities of the Director-General NARICT to establish, confirm or otherwise, the content of this petition with a view to saving the institution.

Reacting to the allegations, the Director-General said the petition was not new, adding that he has been receiving petitions since his assumption of office in 2017 some of them, faceless and anonymous.

Barminas said that the petition from Network for Justice was similar to the previous petitions against him, reason being that the content were similar with just a few modifications which he also said were false.

The Director-General said he responded to the petitions to both the Minister of Science and Technology and the Chairman of NARICT Governing Board in letters reference number NARICT/CON.74/VOL.VII/783 dated Oct. 12, 2018.

He added that the other letter was NARICT/ADM.559/CGB/HRM/1/37 dated May 23, 2019 and NARICT/CON.74/VOL.XII/34 dated Feb. 26, 2021.

The DG disclosed that when he assumed office in 2017 he met only three outstations that were functional and he added additional three outstations to reflect the six geopolitical zones with the approval of the Minister.

“In effecting the transfers skills and competencies of staff were considered in congruent with the natural resources of the zone.

He said there is also a need for certain specific cadres in the outstations such as researchers, marketers and administrators

“ The two Deputy Directors Dr. Musa Mohammed was posted to Amasiri, Ebonyi State to drive the utilization of indigenous Technologies in salt Project

“Dr. Haruna as a Chemical engineer, was transferred to Langtan to drive our solid mineral development programmes and Mr Bala Danladi was posted to Kano to handle commercial activities of the Institute,’’ he said

On the allegation of non- remittance payment of Monthly staff rent to TSA, Prof. Barminas said the claim was another fabrication of lies as the petitioners failed to attach any evidence to support the allegation.

On the alternative, the D-G said rents are considered as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and N7, 529.732.50 being the remittances from staff salaries from 2017 to 2020 has been paid to Treasury Single Account (TSA) as required.

On diversion of Budget funds, the Director- General said the petition had failed to explain how the budget was diverted looking at the period he took over in 2017.

“There is a huge difference between how budget funds were utilized before the period of my administration.

“I had to set up a transition committee on assumption of duty in absence of handing over notes.

“The investigations reports from the Anti- Corruption and transparency Unit (ACTU) gives a clear picture of the financial and budgetary infractions by my predecessors in office.

The Director-General said the financial infraction as indicated ACTU/NARICT included misapplication/misappropriation of budget funds, non implementation of approved projects with cash backing and movement of institute’s property without documentation.

NARICT was founded as an autonomous Institute in 1988, to provide global competitive and environmentally friendly technologies in the areas of chemicals, biochemicals, petrochemicals, polymers and plastics, man-made fibres, solid minerals, effluent monitoring and control for the overall technological advancement of Nigeria.

CWG, Africa’s leading tech solutions provider, is set to host an International Women’s Day Virtual Conference with the theme ‘Choose to Challenge’, which will focus on taking female leadership to a whole new level and breaking new frontiers in technology, entertainment, finance.

According to Ms Seun Koshoedo, the Senior Brand Strategist, the session is set to hold on March 12, 2021 will host different key female players across the technology, finance, media, and entertainment industry, sharing their experiences, professional challenges, strategies, and trends that have inspired techniques to challenge the status quo in the new normal.

Some of the panel discussion include Breaking New Frontiers in the New Normal, where Solape Akinpelu, Founder/Chief Executive Officer of HerVest Limited, will be part of the panel. Other panelists on this session include Olawunmi Oni-Buraimoh, PhD. Senior Lecturer, English Department, Faculty of Arts, LASU and Betty Irabor, Founder/CEO, Genevieve magazine

In the second-panel session, where discussions will focus on ‘The Place of Women in a Technology-Driven World’, Tinu Adeyemi, Group Head, HR and General Services at CWG Plc; Vivian Okpala, Head of Procurement at CWG Plc; Abisola Oshin, Head, Legal at CWG Plc and Oluwabunmi Adewunmi, Head, Business Intelligence & Quality Assurance at CWG Plc will be on the panel.

Meanwhile, the Keynote Speaker at the conference, which will be held virtually is Hafsat Abiola-Costello, President, Women in Africa Initiative. Participants are to register via https://bit.ly/3r5DV4v

All is now set for the Technical Conference on Bridging the Digital divide for Underserved or Unserved Communities and Persons Living with Disabilities in a COVID-19 Context in Nigeria.

The conference is being put together by the UK Government’s Prosperity Fund’s Digital Access Programme and Greenfields Law, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The virtual conference which is scheduled to hold on 11 March 2021 will feature a presentation to the stakeholders of findings and recommendations from the diagnostic study on the impact of the Digital Divide on underserved or unserved communities and persons living with disabilities during the persisting Covid-19 pandemic, which was commissioned under the UK Government Prosperity Fund’s Digital Access Programme and undertaken by Greenfields Law.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, The British Deputy High Commissioner, state governors, local government officials and chief executive officers of telecommunications companies, civil society organizations and consumers are among the stakeholders expected to participate at the technical conference.

According to Osondu C. Nwokoro, the managing counsel of Greenfields Law and a leading telecommunications policy, law and regulation practitioner, “the study was guided by extant national and international constitutional, legal, policy and regulatory provisions.

“Valuable information was garnered from women and girls, unemployed youth, persons living with disabilities in urban, peri-urban and rural areas from all the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, civil society organizations, telecommunications service providers, the regulators and policy making agencies of government at various levels.”

From this process, Nwokoro said, the information gathered was utilized to develop pragmatic Nigeria-specific solutions towards bridging the digital gap between the underserved/unserved communities and PLWDs and other vulnerable segments of the society and to facilitate their digital inclusion during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic which has significantly irreversibly altered the usual mode of socio-economic engagements.

The overarching essence of the study, he also said, was to aid the attainment of the aspirations of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, 2019 and the National Broadband Plan, 2020-2025.

Nwokoro also thanked the UK Government for continuing to play a key role in supporting Nigeria’s digital sector and inclusive economic growth and sustainability.

Mr. Olukayode Pitan, the managing director, Bank of Industry (BoI), has called on development financial institutions (DFIs) in the country to increase funding support for businesses in order to enhance the pace of growth and development.

In a meeting with chief executive of DFIs in Abuja, he said it was high time the operators played their role in creating a conducive atmosphere for achieving a sustainable real sector development.

Pitan, who is the Chairman, Association of Nigerian Development Finance Institutions (ANDFIs), however, lamented that the body had been quiet in the past seven years, a development which he said, was not good for the financial institutions.

He also urged members to be more committed to the activities of the association.

He said the meeting was to strategise on how the association would meet once or twice in a year, while assuring them of an office space in the BoI building in Abuja, which can sit a minimum of six staff including the secretariat.

The BoI MD said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) also had interest in ANDFI and wanted it to play a more active role in the continental association.

He noted that South Africa provided Chairman for AADFI before handing over to Botswana, East Africa, adding that while North Africa appeared to be active, the West African body had shown less representation.

This, he said made it imperative for Nigeria to play a vital role in ensuring good representation.

He added: “It is therefore, a good time to begin repositioning ANDFI for better collaborations with both local and international community.

“Repositioning of ANDFI has both local and international advantages hence the need for Nigeria to get involved.”

He gave some of the benefits of the association to include raising a common voice of DFIs to influence CBN circulars and guidelines and also other government policies for operational efficiency.

Other benefits are to speak in one voice on matters of common interest and encourage mutual assistance and investment co-operation among the DFIs.

According to him, the association was inaugurated on October 15, 1982, with 15 foundational members, with the primary objective to create a forum for DFIs in the country to discuss and exchange ideas on issues of common interests while providing a platform for members to cooperate in areas of investment, finance and capacity building.


Prof. Jeffrey Barminas, director-general of the National Research Institute For Chemical Technology (NARICT), Zaria, has described the allegations of corruption and abuse of office leveled against him by Network For Justice (an NGO) as unsubstantiated.



Barminas while speaking with newsmen in Zaria, stated that the allegations were false aimed at distracting the management from its developmental strides.

It would be recalled that the Network for Justice (an NGO) had petitioned to the Minister of Science and Technology, and Chairman Code of Conduct Bureau in a letter dated January 25, 2021, which was signed by Auwalu Musa,

The copy of the petition to the Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau was made available to newsmen and it allegedly accused the Director–General of abuse of office and breach of public service.

The petition also accused the Director General of Corruption and use of ethnic and religious sentiments in running the affairs of the institution.

The organization also accused the Director-General of partiality in the promotion exercise, non-remittance of internally generated revenue, witch-hunting in the transfer of staff and irregularity in contract awards.

According to the petitions, the action of the Director-General contravened the provisions of the Fifth Schedule, Part one, Sections one and nine of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended.

They appealed for a powerful administrative inquiry into the activities of the Director-General NARICT to establish, confirm or otherwise, the content of this petition with a view to saving the institution.

Reacting to the allegations, the Director-General said the petition was not new, adding that he has been receiving petitions since his assumption of office in 2017 some of them, faceless and anonymous.

Barminas said that the petition from Network for Justice was similar to the previous petitions against him, reason being that the content were similar with just a few modifications which he also said were false.

The Director-General said he responded to the petitions to both the Minister of Science and Technology and the Chairman of NARICT Governing Board in letters reference number NARICT/CON.74/VOL.VII/783 dated Oct. 12, 2018.

He added that the other letter was NARICT/ADM.559/CGB/HRM/1/37 dated May 23, 2019 and NARICT/CON.74/VOL.XII/34 dated Feb. 26, 2021.

The DG disclosed that when he assumed office in 2017 he met only three outstations that were functional and he added additional three outstations to reflect the six geopolitical zones with the approval of the Minister.

“In effecting the transfers skills and competencies of staff were considered in congruent with the natural resources of the zone.

He said there is also a need for certain specific cadres in the outstations such as researchers, marketers and administrators

“ The two Deputy Directors Dr. Musa Mohammed was posted to Amasiri, Ebonyi State to drive the utilization of indigenous Technologies in salt Project

“Dr. Haruna as a Chemical engineer, was transferred to Langtan to drive our solid mineral development programmes and Mr Bala Danladi was posted to Kano to handle commercial activities of the Institute,’’ he said

On the allegation of non- remittance payment of Monthly staff rent to TSA, Prof. Barminas said the claim was another fabrication of lies as the petitioners failed to attach any evidence to support the allegation.

On the alternative, the D-G said rents are considered as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and N7, 529.732.50 being the remittances from staff salaries from 2017 to 2020 has been paid to Treasury Single Account (TSA) as required.

On diversion of Budget funds, the Director- General said the petition had failed to explain how the budget was diverted looking at the period he took over in 2017.

“There is a huge difference between how budget funds were utilized before the period of my administration.

“I had to set up a transition committee on assumption of duty in absence of handing over notes.

“The investigations reports from the Anti- Corruption and transparency Unit (ACTU) gives a clear picture of the financial and budgetary infractions by my predecessors in office.

The Director-General said the financial infraction as indicated ACTU/NARICT included misapplication/misappropriation of budget funds, non implementation of approved projects with cash backing and movement of institute’s property without documentation.

NARICT was founded as an autonomous Institute in 1988, to provide global competitive and environmentally friendly technologies in the areas of chemicals, biochemicals, petrochemicals, polymers and plastics, man-made fibres, solid minerals, effluent monitoring and control for the overall technological advancement of Nigeria.


CWG, Africa’s leading tech solutions provider, is set to host an International Women's Day Virtual Conference with the theme ‘Choose to Challenge’, which will focus on taking female leadership to a whole new level and breaking new frontiers in technology, entertainment, finance.

According to Ms Seun Koshoedo, the Senior Brand Strategist, the session is set to hold on March 12, 2021 will host different key female players across the technology, finance, media, and entertainment industry, sharing their experiences, professional challenges, strategies, and trends that have inspired techniques to challenge the status quo in the new normal.

Some of the panel discussion include Breaking New Frontiers in the New Normal, where Solape Akinpelu, Founder/Chief Executive Officer of HerVest Limited, will be part of the panel. Other panelists on this session include Olawunmi Oni-Buraimoh, PhD. Senior Lecturer, English Department, Faculty of Arts, LASU and Betty Irabor, Founder/CEO, Genevieve magazine

In the second-panel session, where discussions will focus on ‘The Place of Women in a Technology-Driven World’, Tinu Adeyemi, Group Head, HR and General Services at CWG Plc; Vivian Okpala, Head of Procurement at CWG Plc; Abisola Oshin, Head, Legal at CWG Plc and Oluwabunmi Adewunmi, Head, Business Intelligence & Quality Assurance at CWG Plc will be on the panel.

Meanwhile, the Keynote Speaker at the conference, which will be held virtually is Hafsat Abiola-Costello, President, Women in Africa Initiative. Participants are to register via https://bit.ly/3r5DV4v


All is now set for the Technical Conference on Bridging the Digital divide for Underserved or Unserved Communities and Persons Living with Disabilities in a COVID-19 Context in Nigeria.

The conference is being put together by the UK Government’s Prosperity Fund’s Digital Access Programme and Greenfields Law, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The virtual conference which is scheduled to hold on 11 March 2021 will feature a presentation to the stakeholders of findings and recommendations from the diagnostic study on the impact of the Digital Divide on underserved or unserved communities and persons living with disabilities during the persisting Covid-19 pandemic, which was commissioned under the UK Government Prosperity Fund’s Digital Access Programme and undertaken by Greenfields Law.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, The British Deputy High Commissioner, state governors, local government officials and chief executive officers of telecommunications companies, civil society organizations and consumers are among the stakeholders expected to participate at the technical conference.

According to Osondu C. Nwokoro, the managing counsel of Greenfields Law and a leading telecommunications policy, law and regulation practitioner, “the study was guided by extant national and international constitutional, legal, policy and regulatory provisions.

“Valuable information was garnered from women and girls, unemployed youth, persons living with disabilities in urban, peri-urban and rural areas from all the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, civil society organizations, telecommunications service providers, the regulators and policy making agencies of government at various levels.”

From this process, Nwokoro said, the information gathered was utilized to develop pragmatic Nigeria-specific solutions towards bridging the digital gap between the underserved/unserved communities and PLWDs and other vulnerable segments of the society and to facilitate their digital inclusion during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic which has significantly irreversibly altered the usual mode of socio-economic engagements.

The overarching essence of the study, he also said, was to aid the attainment of the aspirations of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, 2019 and the National Broadband Plan, 2020-2025.

Nwokoro also thanked the UK Government for continuing to play a key role in supporting Nigeria’s digital sector and inclusive economic growth and sustainability.

CANADA: Consultation RSS-220, Issue 1, Amendment 1, – Devices Using Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Technology

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is seeking comments on the consultation of RSS-220, Issue 1, Amendment 1 “Devices Using Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Technology”.  This amendment sets out the transition period for the certification, manufacture, importation, distribution, lease, offer for sale or selling of vehicular radar devices using ultra-wideband technology in the 22 29 GHz frequency band.

All comments should be documented using the RABC comment form

Deadline to comment is 18th of May. Consultation document can be found on the same page

CANADA: Consultation ICES-GEN, Issue 1, February 2018 – General Requirements for Compliance of Interference-Causing Equipment

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is seeking comments on the consultation of ICES-GEN Issue 1 “General Requirements for Compliance of Interference-Causing Equipment”. This standard sets the general requirements applicable to interference-causing equipment.

All comments should be documented using the RABC comment form

Deadline for sending comment is 1st of May. You can find the consultation document on the same page.

CANADA: Consultation , RSS-251, Issue 2, Vehicular Radar and Airport Fixed or Mobile Radar in the 76-81 GHz Frequency Band

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is seeking comments on the consultation of RSS-251, Issue 2 “Vehicular Radar and Airport Fixed or Mobile Radar in the 76-81 GHz Frequency Band”.  This standard sets the certification requirements for licence-exempt radio apparatus operating in the 76-81 GHz frequency band. Such radio apparatus consists of vehicular radar and airport fixed or mobile radar.

All comments should be documented using the RABC comment form below. Deadline to submit comments is 18th May 2018

The consultation document can be found here