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Nokia Launches Affordable G21 Smartphone in Nigeria

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By Adedapo Adesanya

HMD Global, the makers of Nokia phones, has launched the Nokia G21, an affordable smartphone boasting of impressive three-day battery life and 50 per cent better display refresh for an extra smooth experience in the Nigerian market.

The introduction of the Nokia G21 smartphone comes weeks after it launched three new C-series smartphones – the C21, C21 Plus, and C2 2nd edition.

Speaking on this, Mr Florian Seiche, CEO at HMD Global: “Our mission from day one has been to make quality mobile technology accessible to everyone around the world. Since we introduced the G-series last year, we’ve enhanced each new addition that has followed in every way – the Nokia G21 encompasses all our hard work. And not only today but for years to come thanks to our regular software updates and quality materials.

“We believe in connecting the world without costing the earth. We want to empower people to feel good about keeping their smartphones for longer and combat the upgrade culture so we can all reduce our carbon footprint.”

Review of Nokia G21 Smart Phone

The Nokia G21 comes with three years of monthly security updates and offers more updates than most smartphones in this price range. This means that the Nokia G21 works seamlessly in the background to protect the user.

For the first time on the Nokia G21, the Mask mode feature has been introduced to the affordable phone. The feature ensures the convenience of face unlock is never disrupted which protects the user’s data with or without a protective face mask.

Working with Android 12TM, the Nokia G21 device gives access to the latest features and comes with two years update. Supported by industry-leading partners for best-in-class experiences, the Nokia G21 comes pre-loaded with Spotify and ExpressVPN.  Spotify will give Nokia smartphone owners access to 70 million tracks and 3.2 million podcasts out of the box. For enhanced privacy and added peace of mind, ExpressVPN will be available on all new Nokia smartphones with a 30-day free trial.

Channelling the Nokia feature phone legacy to the world of smartphones, the Nokia G21 makes battery life a thing of the past. With unmatched three-day battery life, the phone can last a full weekend getaway without a charger. The device possesses an all-new bespoke Super Battery Saver mode that enables it to last longer – available exclusively on selected Nokia phones.

The Nokia G21 also allows for this feature to be switched on at 20 per cent, rather than until it dips down to 10 per cent as per the standard Android solution, enabling it to be prolonged further. When the time to fuel up does arrive, 18W fast charging ensures it won’t have to wait long to get going again.

It also allows for a fast response for increased productivity and immersive entertainment. Unlocking the power of 90Hz for the first time in G-series, the improved refresh rate makes scrolling and typing even more fluid, and photos look smoother. From reading the news to drafting emails, the improved response to touch brings an even more seamless experience.

For the first time on a Nokia G-series device, users can now stream Netflix in HD, making for optimum streaming of all their favourite movies and TV shows on the go on the Nokia G21.

In terms of photography, the phone delivers beautiful detail even in low light, the 50MP triple-lens camera will fully equip anyone to create professional-looking photography. On the front, AI smarts ensure evening selfies will have just the right amount of light and clarity.

Introducing an all-new design, the Nokia G21 is thinner and more ergonomic. Made from a tough polycarbonate, the new design honours the durability and Nordic excellence to expect from a Nokia phone whilst bringing a refreshed look to the range. For extra peace of mind, the Nokia G21 Clear Case will show off its beauty. It’s made from 100 per cent recycled materials and can also be recycled after use.

Pricing and availability

Nokia G21 is available in Nigeria in Nordic Blue (navy) and Dusk (dark taupe) in 4/64 GB variant starting at N80,300.

The 4/128 GB variants will be available later.

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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Why Digital and Tech Skills Need to be Included at all Levels of Education

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Education is, without a doubt, a fundamental human right. Today, digitalisation enables us to improve education and provide equal access to all. But where do we even begin?

In a world where everything is online, and any business that isn’t online is losing money, failing to teach our children digital skills for today and tomorrow will only widen our continent’s skills gap. This is because more than half of today’s professions demand technical abilities.

So, why is it critical for the technology industry to be involved in education at all levels?

Nurture future champions of the industry

Technology literacy and digital literacy are crucial for Africa’s future. And while we are making progress with the introduction of coding in primary schools in countries like Kenya and South Africa, we still have a ways to go.

“We know that every technology business is hampered in its growth by a severe lack of talent across Africa, and it is up to us as a part of that ecosystem to help develop and nurture future champions of the industry,” says Sean Riley, CEO at Ad Dynamo by Aleph.

“Unfortunately, there is still a substantial skills gap in Africa, and to solve it, we must begin at the grassroots level. We live in an increasingly digital world, so it is only logical that we begin teaching digital skills,” adds Riley.

Provide more flexible pathways

According to a World Economic Forum report, 65% of today’s primary school children will eventually be working in job types that do not exist yet, while the International Finance Corporation (IFC) estimates that by 2030, more than 230 million jobs in Africa will require digital skills.

“It is therefore clear that emerging economies face significant upskilling challenges, which need to be addressed throughout the educational careers of young people. Businesses and educational institutions must work together to ensure that learners are equipped to handle the ever-changing nature of work.

“The business sector, in particular, should take the lead in this regard, whether through training sessions, providing more flexible skills pathways, or through the recognition of short courses, as well as online and self-learning,” says Vanashree Govender, Huawei SA spokesperson.

Technology innovation is happening so quickly that training must now be adjusted constantly, almost in real time, as new systems, applications, and devices come to market.

Conscious of the need for technology-driven upskilling, Huawei has built strong relationships with training and education institutions and established programmes such as our ICT Academies at universities and TVET colleges and our Seeds for the Future programme, which aims to develop skilled, local ICT talent.

Contextual education

“Education needs to be contextual. It should enable children to understand things around them and prepare them for real-world challenges. As technology has become ubiquitous, it is important to teach children how it impacts the world and helps them understand how it can be utilised to solve various problems,” says Andrew Bourne, Regional Manager, Africa – Zoho Corp.

Prepare students for an evolving workplace

Students require more than a functional knowledge of digital and technological skills to succeed in the world. By incorporating these technologies into the normal curriculum and ongoing activities, institutions ensure that their students are more equipped for the modern workplace.

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MTN Nigeria Partners Ericsson for Effective 5G Services

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A deal has been reached between Ericsson and MTN Nigeria for the launching of 5G services in Lagos and a few cities in the first phase of the collaboration.

With Ericsson Radio System, MTN will provide advanced mobile broadband and fixed wireless access services, unlocking a range of new opportunities in the enterprise domain.

The new 5G services can bring about unique, sustainable development initiatives for agriculture, energy, financial inclusion, and security, overcoming past institutional challenges and barriers to growth.

In the future, MTN Nigeria’s Ericsson-powered 5G network will be driven by software-defined network capabilities where a combination of currently available and well-understood AI techniques will allow a higher degree of practical autonomous operation.

AI creates opportunities for improved performance, higher efficiency, enhanced customer experience, and new business models and uses cases for 5G, IoT and enterprise.

“5G will revolutionize the way we live and communicate across industries. With the speeds 5G offers, we will be able to experience the internet with low latency, which means no lag, making our virtual interactions more real.

“At MTN, we will continue to pursue the rollout of 5G technology to revolutionize internet access across the continent,” the Chief Technical Officer at MTN Nigeria, Mr Mohammed Rufai, said.

“5G is not just about speed. 5G helps people do more with their devices, unlocking a whole new world of possibilities for society.

“5G connectivity is likely to pave the way for life-altering advancements, and we are proud to be a part of Nigeria’s 5G digital transformation that has only just begun.

“With connectivity being the backbone of digitization, we are committed to delivering the best service to our partners at MTN Nigeria to support them in this thrilling journey,” the Vice President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, Mr Hossam Kandeel, stated.

In the deal’s first phase, Ericsson will deploy its 5G technology, which includes 5G Radio Access Network and NSA Packet Core, to accelerate the development and digitalisation of key sectors such as education, healthcare and manufacturing.

It will also empower consumers and enterprises with innovative 5G applications that will unlock the true potential of the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), smart cities and Immersive Communication over  Augmented (AR) and Virtual reality (VR) for millions of new consumers in the country.

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NCC Reaffirms Determination to Close Gender Gap in Tech

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reiterated its unwavering commitment to bridging the growing gender-oriented digital divide to accelerate inclusive economic prosperity for all Nigerian citizens.

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Mr Umar Garba Danbatta, restated this commitment in Lagos at the 2022 Nigerian Women Entrepreneurs and Executives in Tech Summit (WEETS).

He said the promotion of gender equality is a significant component of ICT development, adding that the gender dimensions of ICT manifest in access and use, capacity-building opportunities, employment and potential for empowerment.

Mr Danbatta said that all these dimensions need to be explicitly identified and addressed to leverage technology and communication as powerful catalysts for women’s political, economic, and social empowerment and the promotion of gender equality.

Speaking about the theme of the event, Reskilling Women and Girls to Thrive in the Digital Economy, Mr Danbatta, represented by NCC’s Head, Digital Media Management, Mrs Nafisa Usman Rugga, said the theme resonates deeply with the drive by the federal government to ensure an all-inclusive digital economy that drives the strategic vision plan of the commission.

Mr Danbatta indicated that one of the ways through which the NCC strives to achieve inclusive growth is through increased digital connectivity to all, regardless of gender and other accidental circumstances, and that the agency has continued to play a front-seat role in driving the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), 2020-2030; the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP), 2020-2025; and related policies aimed at deepening connectivity for all citizens, thereby bridging digital gender disparity.

“The NCC has put on the front burner the need to expose girls and young women to more opportunities in the digital ecosystem, in line with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) resolution 70, which advocates gender mainstreaming and promotion of gender equality, as well as the empowerment of women through information and communications technology (ICT), and we are fully committed to this,” Mr Danbatta said.

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