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Infinix Introduces HOT 10 Play into Nigerian Market

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Infinix has unveiled the latest addition to its recently launched HOT 10 series. The new device, which Infinix refers to as a play version of the HOT 10, comes with several amazing features and a few interesting upgrades from the primal version.

Some of these upgrades include an improved 6000mAh battery as well as a bigger 6.82” inch cinematic display.

Infinix started to introduce “Play” versions of its HOT series last year when it launched the HOT 9 play alongside the HOT 9.

The “Play” version is, however, the same as what the larger tech community refers to as LITE versions.

It’s quite agreeable that the “Play” tag is most suitable for LITE versions of Infinix’s entertainment-centric HOT devices, seeing that they help to ensure an extended fun experience for young folks with bigger screens and an extended battery life.

The HOT 10 play comes with a unique design that creates a wave-like effect when rocked side-to-side. This unique design is matched with four mellow colour options including Obsidian Black, Morandi Green, Aegean Blue, and Mist Copper.

To further enhance user’s experience, Infinix has not only pushed the limits of battery capacity to a whopping 6000mAh but has also combined durable battery with Power Marathon technology. With this combination, users can freely indulge themselves in any fun activity with their smartphones without having to worry about recharging their device’s battery at close intervals.

The phone has taken importance to screen sizes which it says matters a great deal when it comes to streaming videos, playing mobile games and doing a truckload of other things with smartphones. As a result, Infinix has stretched the HOT 10 Play’s display to 6.82” inches to ensure that users can get the best viewing experience from the device when they engage with every form of content.

With the HelioG35 processor, the Infinix HOT 10 Play guarantees a smooth run through every activity. This means that whether users are looking to work, complete a school research, or just have pure fun on the device, they wouldn’t need to worry about dragging through the whole process as the Mediatek Helio G35 processor transforms every experience into a top-notch exciting journey.

Other interesting features on the device include an 8MP AI front camera and a 13MP Dual rear camera with which users can capture super-clear images from a wide range of angles and under any lighting condition.

As regards memory size, this smartphone comes in two variants. There’s the 2GB+32GB variant which is now available at all authorized retail stores nationwide. However, the other variant – 4GB+64GB – will be available in stores starting from the first week of February 2021. The exact date remains unannounced.

The 2GB+32GB variant will be sold in stores for N54,500. and can be ordered online at www.ng.xpark.com.

For more information, visit Infinix’s official website at www.Infinixmobility.com/ng or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @Infinixnigeria. You can also join their community of young and vibrant fans on XClub via the app on your Infinix device or click on this link to download the app if you’re a non-Infinix user.

Infinix launched in 2013 and targets the young generations, Infinix Mobile is a premium online-driven smartphone brand. With “The Future is Now” as the brand essence, Infinix aims to allow consumers to stand out in the crowd and to show the world who they really are.

Infinix is committed to providing the most cutting-edge technologies, bold and stylish designs, keeping consumers on trend and up-to-date. Infinix’s portfolio spans five product lines – ZERO, NOTE, HOT, S, and SMART; empowering users to own innovative technologies and experience intelligent lifestyles!

Infinix has a presence in more than 30 countries around the world, covering Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and South Asia.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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MTN Nigeria Blames System Error for October 9 Outage

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By Adedapo Adesanya

MTN Nigeria has apologised to its subscribers, blaming the network outage experienced on Saturday, October 9 on a system error.

In a video message sent to Business Post on Sunday, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr Karl Toriola, said the downtime was a result of system error from its end and not a result of sabotage as many feared, especially because it occurred a day after Facebook suffered a similar issue.

MTN users had October 9 experienced hours of network disruption, which affected calls and connections to the internet.

Mr Toriola explained that the technical team traced the cause of the downtime to an error that shifted all 4G customers to the 3G, overloading the band.

“Last Saturday, we had an outage that left our customers without a connection for several hours. On behalf of the entire MTN team, I want to start with a heartfelt apology. We are truly sorry for the disruption this caused for so many in our MTN family,” Mr Toriola said.

“We know that millions of people rely on us to stay connected to their loved ones, to manage their businesses, to coordinate their lives. We take that responsibility and privilege very seriously. That’s why we are putting new measures in place to make sure we never experience anything like last Saturday again.

“Our technical teams have traced the cause of the problem to an error that shifted all our 4G customers onto the 3G band. This overloaded the 3G band, causing a domino effect that impacted the whole network. Our engineers were able to resolve the problem.

“I know that recently other technology companies suffered outages. I want to reassure you that last Saturday’s event is in no way connected to those. This wasn’t [a] sabotage, it was a regrettable error,” the MTN chief added.

He further announced that MTN had refunded customers airtime and data used yesterday in addition to the time-bound subscription extension earlier promised.

He also assured users that MTN was working to ensure that they never experience such challenges with the network again.

“While we work to strengthen our network to prevent further disruptions of any kind, we wanted to find a way to say sorry. Something more than extending the validity of all time-bound plans by 24 hours, which we did as soon as service was restored,” he added.

“So, while we can’t give you back the time you lost last Saturday, we can give you back what you spent yesterday. Every customer on the MTN network has received a refund for the data and airtime that they used between 12 noon and 7 pm yesterday.

“We hope it shows how much we value our customers. You truly are our most important focus.

“We all have challenges, each and everyone, young or old, personally or professionally. What matters is how we respond. With you by our side, we will continue to improve and grow,” Mr Toriola stated.

This newspaper understands that many MTN users were given 1MB of data valid till October 31.

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FG Inaugurates Governing Boards to Fast Track Development

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By Sodeinde Temidayo David

In a bid to fast track the development of the country as well as overcome science, technology and innovation (STI) challenges, the federal government has inaugurated governing boards and councils of agencies or institutes under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Recall that recently, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the change of name of the Ministry of Science and Technology to STI in a bid to focus on ensuring the provision of STI-based solutions to overcome societal challenges.

On Thursday in Abuja, the Minister of STI, Mr Ogbonnaya Onu, during the inauguration, noted that in spite of the present challenges, his team was determined to break grounds by building a world-class ministry that would be the best in Africa and comparable with the best in the world.

However, he stressed that the team must work together efficiently to achieve this noble goal, as they are now in the path of repositioning and strengthening the Ministry to emphasize the desire to contribute to national development efforts of this administration to lift 100 million people out of poverty within the next decade.

According to Mr Onu, using the enormous power of STI, the focus will be on the development of abundant natural resources as well as the orderly exploitation of huge potentials of people and businesses.

The Minister further noted that the role assigned by the federal government on the ministry as custodian of all the fundamentals of innovations in Nigeria carries enormous responsibilities coupled with the recent change of name by the ministry.

“The new logo, vision and mission statement, our core values and critical success factors (CSF) would be unveiled very soon. A rebranded Ministry is emerging with implications for the commitment of all stakeholders within the STI ecosystem, especially the members of the various boards and councils of the Ministry.

“I employ you all to be diligent and unrelenting in the new journey to greater heights of service to our nation,” he noted.

The Minister also urged the governing boards and council members to familiarise themselves with the relevant instruments governing the operation and supervision of their respective agencies and institutes.

He expressed that the role and responsibilities of governing boards are stated in the relevant government circulars, laws, public service, administrative guidelines regulating the relationship with parastatals and government-owned companies.

In his remarks, Mr Micah Umoh, who represented the Chairman Senate Committee on Science, assured to give their full support to achieve the goal for the initiative.

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Third Telecom Consumer Initiative Holds October 15

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By Sodeinde Temidayo David

The third edition of the Telecom Consumer Town Hall on Radio (TCTHR) will take place on Friday, October 15 2021, at 7:30 am, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said.

The telecom consumer initiative will air on the Human Rights Radio, 101.1 FM, Abuja and will focus on the benefits of the National Identification Number to Subscriber Identity Modules (NIN-SIM) integration.

Interested individuals can tune in to listen and participate in the discussion via life streaming on the Human Rights Radio social handles, the telecommunications industry regulator said.

The TCTHR is the modified version of the Consumer Town Hall Meeting, a consumer outreach programme of the Consumer Affairs Bureau of the NCC.

Like its forerunner, the TCTHR is a train that will traverse Nigeria in keeping with management’s commitment to reach and engage every telecom consumer wherever they are.

It could be recalled that two editions of the TCTHR had taken place earlier in Kano and Lagos.

The key purpose of the programme is to create greater awareness on the linking of SIM to NIN and to educate consumers on the benefits and how to achieve NIN-SIM integration, and which consumers can reach the commission.

This initiative over the years has made it easy for consumers of telecom services in the country, who are dissatisfied with services rendered to them by any of the service providers to file a complaint.

The NCC has insisted on October 31 as the deadline for users to link their NIN to their SIM cards, stressing those who fail to do this would soon be denied the opportunity of acquiring driving licences and passports.

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