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VAS2Nets participates at Rackspace Resellers Retreat in California, USA.

 

On the left is Deanna Murphy the Partner Manager of Rackspace presenting  Soji Mebude CFO of VAS2Nets,with  the wining price of Xbox one at the retreat.

On the left is Deanna Murphy the Partner Manager of Rackspace presenting Soji Mebude CFO of VAS2Nets,with the winning price of Xbox one at the retreat.

Rackspace is a popular cloud computing and hosting company based in Windcrest, Texas, USA. Rackspace wants to save customers time, money and the headaches of managing their own IT infrastructure by allowing their company bear it.

 A Rackspace Resellers Retreat was just concluded recently and VAS2Nets Technologies was the only African company that participated at the retreat which was held in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, California USA

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Nigerians Rush to Reserve NTEL Mobile Numbers | NTEL | VAS2Nets Technologies

Ntel

Nigerians have responded enthusiastically to the number reservation campaign which was announced by Ntel, Nigeria’s advanced 4G/LTE network operator recently according to Leadership Newspaper

Under the terms of campaign, the first batch of subscribers (hundreds of thousands) to reserve their numbers on the network, and subsequently Sim-activate after launch, will be recognized as pioneers on Nigeria’s newest mobile network marking them out as among the first to reap the company’s promise of abundant broadband on it’s pure-play Advanced 4G/LTE network.

This was announced by,  Kamar Abass, CEO of Ntel, who had noted that “Ntel is a proudly Nigerian company that is fully committed to empowering Nigerians through a technologically advanced pure-play 4G/LTE network.

The number reservation campaign will run till 08/04/16

NATCOM Development and Investment Limited (trading as ‘Ntel’), the company that acquired the core assets of Nitel/MTel (in liquidation) made its first Voice over LTE call in Lagos yesterday and the company is happy about it.

The test VoLTE call was made at 3.30pm at Ntel’s new Tier III data centre located on Lagos Island.

VoLTE calls are enabled over a carrier’s high-speed data network instead of on a voice network.

Voice over LTE calls also connect faster upon dialing and feature ultra-clear high-definition voice quality.

The VoLTE call was completed in partnership with Original Equipment Manufacturers L M Ericsson of Sweden and Sony Electronics of Japan.

This follows Ntel’s first data call on 18 January, 2016 and its first SIP voice call on 18 February, 2016.

Ntel will now progress work with Nigeria’s other mobile operators and international partners to perform cross-network VoLTE calls: This will ensure that Ntel’s customers can connect with each other as easily as they can to both customers in Nigeria and to those elsewhere in the world: a network now comprising more than seven billion telephones, globally.

The CEO also mentioned “the Ntel network is built on the 900/1800 MHz which are the most efficient propagation frequencies for the deployment of 4G/LTE technology.”

 

Culled from Nigeria communications weekly

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Naira falls to N345/$ in parallel market

The naira, yesterday, suffered its biggest daily depreciation against the dollar as it exchanged for N345 to a dollar in the parallel market. This represents N20 depreciation when compared with the closing exchange rate of N325 per dollar in the market on Friday. But the naira was relatively stable at the official interbank foreign exchange market as the interbank rate stood at N197.47 per dollar at the close of business, yesterday.

The naira also depreciated by N45 against the British pound as the parallel market exchange rate rose to N485 per pound, yesterday, from N340 on Friday. Bureau de Change sources, who confirmed the development to Vanguard, attributed the sharp depreciation to persistent scarcity of the dollar and pound sterling in the market.

According to an Abuja-based BDC operator, who spoke on condition of anonymity, “the market is experiencing huge demand for dollars but there is no supply. Even those who have dollars are not willing to sell. The way things are going, the rate might reach N350 per dollar before it stabilises.”

Culled from Vanguard

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Lassa fever

 

Lassa fever or Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF) is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa Virus which was first described in 1969 in the town of Lassa, in Borno State, Nigeria.

The primary animal host of the Lassa virus is the Natal multimammate mouse (Mastomys natalensis).

After an incubation period of 6 – 21 days, an acute illness develops which includes fever, facial swelling, muscle fatigue, conjunctivitis and mucosal bleeding.

Clinically, Lassa fever infections are difficult to distinguish from other hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola and even from some forms of malaria.

The best way to prevent it is to avoid all forms of direct contacts with rodents and ensure our stored food products are well covered/enclosed properly.

For more information on this rampaging disease, kindly call our professional doctors on 35123 at the rate of =N=50/minute (MTN users only) Mondays – Fridays, 9am – 5pm or 67777 at the rate of =N=30/minute (Airtel users only)

 

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Armed Forces Remembrance Day 2016

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Tribute to our fallen heroes

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MTN finally acquires Visafone

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On the 6th of January, 2016, MTN, Africa’s leading mobile phone operator, finally sealed the deal to acquire Visafone, the only surviving Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operator in Nigeria, owned by the banking magnate, Mr. Jim Ovia.

The acquisition of Visafone, the only surviving CDMA operator in Nigeria, by MTN, a GSM operator, marks the final death of CDMA operations in Africa’s largest economy.

 
Culled from daily trust

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Federal Government officially stops petrol subsidy

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The Federal Government has officially ended the subsidy on premium motor spirit, popularly known as petrol. The latest Petroleum Products Pricing template, issued by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency does not contain the usual subsidy component.

The PPPRA is the government agency that regulates the prices of petroleum products in the country and its template has always offered insights into how the pricing of these products are determined by the regulators.

As of December 28 last year, the official pricing template for petrol by the PPPRA showed that the Federal Government subsidized the product by N6.45 per litre. The Expected Open Market Price at that time was N93.45, which was N6.45 higher than the then retail price of N87 per litre.

On the revised template, the Estimated Open Market Price set by the regulator is now N84.78 for NNPC fuel stations and N85.1 for stations run by other oil marketer companies.

The EOMP is the summation of the landing cost of petrol and subtotal margins. Such margins include transporter’s cost, dealer’s charge, bridging fund, administrative charge, etc. Our correspondent said that the EOMP, therefore, is the true cost of the product.

Before the release of the revised template, the EOMP was usually higher than the retail/pump price of petrol at filling stations. The difference between the retail price and the EOMP was what the Federal Government paid as subsidy to oil marketers.

However, the new EOMP is lower than the retail price of N86.5, which was set by the Federal Government as the amount at which petrol should be sold nationwide. The implication is that Nigerians are paying an extra N1.4 for the commodity whenever they buy PMS at non-NNPC run petrol stations and N1.22 extra for every litre of petrol bought at NNPC-run filling stations.

On the extra amount paid by consumers for the commodity, the Group General Manager, Corporate Planning and Strategy, NNPC, Mr. Bello Rabiu, while explaining the template, told our correspondent that the negative subsidy would be remitted to the Petroleum Support Fund in line with the PPPRA guidelines.

He said, “The savings under such a regime could be domiciled in the PSF as a buffer to fund future subsidy (if any) that may arise during high oil price regime or invested by the industry in supply and distribution efficiency improvement projects such as decongestion of Apapa area, Single Point Monitoring in Port Harcourt and Warri, complimentary rail services, inland waterways, etc.”

The PPPRA, after getting approval from the Federal Government, had announced last Tuesday that retail filling stations belonging to the NNPC would from Friday, January 1, 2016 sell petrol at N86 per litre, while other oil marketers would sell the commodity at N86.5 per litre.

The Executive Secretary, PPPRA, Mr. Farouk Ahmed, while announcing the new price of PMS in Abuja, had told journalists on Tuesday that the reduction in the price of the commodity was due to the implementation of the revised components of the petroleum products pricing template for PMS and House Hold Kerosene.

He said the template would be reviewed on a quarterly basis as it was geared towards ensuring an efficient and market-driven price that would reflect current realities.

Ahmed had said, “Since 2007, while crude oil price had been moving up and down, the template has remained the same. This made it necessary for us to introduce a mechanism whereby the template would be sensitive to the price of crude oil.

“However, the template is not static, as there would be a quarterly review and if there is any major shift, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources would be expected to call for a review, either upwards or downwards. If there is no major shift, the price would continue from January to March 2016. In addition, there would be a Product Pricing Advisory Committee that would be set up to advice the PPPRA concerning movements in the price of crude oil.”

On why the NNPC sold at a lower price than other oil marketers, Ahmed explained that it was due to the fact that it was cheaper for the corporation to import products, compared to the independent and major oil marketers.

Some oil marketers had told our correspondent that although it was possible to sell PMS at a “reduced price”, Nigerians might not be ready to absorb future fluctuations or modulations in the pump price of petrol.

The Corporate Affairs Manager, NIPCO PLC, an oil marketing firm, Mr. Lawal Taofeeq, said, “It is possible, but the issue that government needs to understand is that, should there be fluctuation in price, are Nigerians ready to absorb it? If the price of crude oil should go up again, will Nigerians be ready to pay the resultant increased cost for petrol? Thus, there is need for adequate education in this matter.”

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on December 27 last year, had told journalists in Kaduna that the government was currently not paying subsidy on petrol.

“Today, there is no subsidy; we are selling the product at N87; in January, we will look at what the trend is, we will announce (a new) price if that is less than N87; we will announce it and if it is more than that, we will have to announce it,” the minister, who also doubles as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, had said.

 

Culled from Punch.

 

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BULK SMS AWARD!!

BULKSMS AWARD

The winning Team

The winning Team

 

Compliments of the Season.

We are happy to inform you that thanks to your patronage and patience we emerged the best mobile bulk messaging and Network Solutions Company for the year 2015.

The award was from the Institute for Government Research Leadership Technology, presented at the recently concluded awards ceremony held in Abuja.

And since we believe that to whom much is given much is equally expected, we therefore promise to keep up the good work.

We’ve decided to seize this opportunity to remind you of the bulk sms process especially as the Yuletide is here. Fortunately, a bulk sms executive has been assigned this role for effective crediting and problem escalation.

After making payment at the Ecobank (Account Name: VAS2Nets Technologies Limited

Account Number: 2812003603) for those paying through the bank, please remember to use your email address as depositors’ name, send an email to bulksms@vas2nets.com with your details and call 08141381020 for your account to be credited.

But for our customers who prefer to purchase directly on our platform the process still remains the same. Simply login to our platform, click on Payment and follow the procedure stated.

For further clarification please don’t hesitate to call our bulksms executive on 08141381020.

 

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DISCLAIMER!!

Dear valued customer,

BVN Fraud SMS

We wish to notify the general public that some unscrupulous individuals have been sending out blasts (as shown above) misinforming them that they should link their ATM cards with their respective BVN and are expected to call a certain number to do so.

 
Please this is neither from VAS2Nets nor NIBSS and you are strongly advised to ignore such text messages. For further clarification kindly contact your nearest bank branch.

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MOBILE DATA CONSERVATION TIPS

Last month we gave out tips on how to make your phone secure, this month let’s go further by advising on how to conserve your mobile data usage. We’ll be highlighting on 5 major tips.

Once you adhere to these simple tips you won’t have to wonder what consumes data on my phone.

  1. COMPRESS CHROME PAGES:If you use Google Chrome to surf the web often, you would discover that you can save one-third of your data consumption when you compress the pages. The data saver settings enable all web pages to be compressed before being loaded into your browser.

Although it’s also important to note that this setting has a little setback which is, it tends to slow down your surfing speed just a bit. To activate the data saver, simply launch the Chrome browser, go to the menu section where you have 3 dots and select settings, after which you now select Data saver.

  1. GET RID OF THE FACEBOOK APP:The Facebook app is one that is used by most android phone users and it is responsible for the loss of large volume of data asides the regular draining of battery. In order to conserve your data you can download Tinfoil for Facebook which is a web app that displays the Facebook website. After installing the app, check the box next to “open links inside the app”, this will make links being opened from the mobile app to open from within the app instead of the browser.
  1. RESTRICT BACKGROUND DATA:Background data include weather widgets, updating of feeds, etc. It would interest you to know that they use your data even if you are not actually using them, so it’s advisable to disable them.

Please follow this procedure: Settings > Data Usage > Restrict Back ground data. Then if you want to adjust the settings for a particular app, go to Settings > Apps.

To change sync settings for Google services, go to Settings > Accounts > Google > select the account. When this is done, uncheck the services you don’t want to sync automatically. Note that these depend on the particular android version being used.

  1.    DISABLE AUTO-UPDATING APPS:It is advisable to disable auto-updating apps. To do this, Go to the Play Store and tap the navigation section on the left and you’ll see settings, Open the settings and ensure that it is set to either “’Do Not Auto-Update Apps” or “only over Wi-Fi.”

But for individual apps settings, go to My Apps > choose the app you want to disable > un-check Auto-Update.

  1. SAVE RATHER THAN STREAM:Another important way to conserve data is to always download music or video files into your device rather than streaming them from sites like YouTube. After this you save the music or Video and can now listen or watch offline.

 

Culled from cnet

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