Welcome back from the Sallah break, folks! We do hope you all had a wonderful holiday.
Well, it’s that time of the week again, where we bring you the stories that trended during the week in the tech world. In case you missed them, let’s share with you what went down.
TStv Announced a Comeback
Nigerian direct-to-air broadcast service, Tstv seems to be a making a comeback. In a recently-released letter, the company’s CEO, Mr. Bright Echefu, declared that “I am happy to inform Nigerians that TStv is back, live and direct.”
— Nairametrics (@Nairametrics) August 20, 2018
The company says that this time, its comeback is for real.
With their acquisition of five units of 35.5MHz transponders on Nigcomsat, should we believe them?
Spectranet Relaunches its Website and Announces a New AI-Powered App
Did you know that Spectranet relaunched its website and announced a new AI-powered App? Yes, Nigerian internet services company, Spectranet 4GLITE, during the week announced a re-launch of its website and the release of a new app aimed to simplify access to the internet and make service delivery seamless.
Feed your Curiosity Today…Get a Spectranet modem and be fulfilled….
— Spectranet_NG܁ᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠ (@Spectranet_NG) July 3, 2018
“With the mobile app, connectivity becomes seamless and payment for subscription is made simpler. The app offers customers easy access to check their account balance and other related information.”
We all know how important the internet is–the new website comes with a few glaring aesthetic quirks. It is designed to be more visually appealing and intuitive for both new and old users.
The Popular Zoto App that Use to Have 1 Million Users, is Dead!
Who hasn’t heard of the Zoto app? Zoto is an app that makes it easy for people to make airtime recharges for all major mobile telecom networks in Nigeria. Promising free airtime, Zoto used to be huge in Nigeria some years back. now the app is dead.
Confirmed: Zoto has shut down operations in Nigeria https://t.co/zl0yMN5jZZ
— Techpoint Africa (@Techpointdotng) August 20, 2018
Zoto was popular during the same period as the popular Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox (MMM) Ponzi scheme and cheaper Android devices. Zoto took the Nigerian market by storm. Although it claimed to be an easier way for people to make recharges and pay utility bills, the app was not exactly unique.
— GreenTee (@azimora) July 11, 2018
Court Restricts Multichoice From Raising DSTV Subscription Rates
Weeks after DSTV announced its increased subscription fees, MultiChoice Nigeria Limited, has just been restricted by a Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, from implementing its recent hike in DStv subscription tariffs.
BREAKING: Court Halts MultiChoice’s Hike In DStv Subscription Rates | Sahara Reporters
MultiChoice raised the subscription rate for the DSTV from N14,700 to N15,800, from N9,900 to N10,650, from N6,300 to N6,800, from N3,800 to N4,000…
READ MORE: https://t.co/FfA6Tj2yTz pic.twitter.com/m4PcZS7dIs
— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) August 20, 2018
Many Nigerians were happy about this news as they had reacted to the increase weeks ago on Twitter.
I hear CPC led by @TundeIrukera has obtained an Ex-Parte injunction restraining Multichoice "DSTV" from continuing the new pricing regime pending further investigation by the consumer protection.
This man sef 😂. And he was in court himself. pic.twitter.com/axEUaIv4i6
— ilsa aida (@IlsaAida) August 20, 2018
The application was filed by the CPC on behalf of the Federal Government, with the Director General of the Council, Babatunde Irukera, appearing in court for the case. The application was accompanied with a nine-paragraph statement jointly signed by Messrs Irukera, Abimbola Ojenike, Eme David-Ojugo, Moray Adebayo, Teniola Medupin, and Florence Abebe.
MTN Launches mPulse Plan for `Tweens’ and Teens, Get 1.2GB for N150
MTN Nigeria has launched a new innovation package for tweens and teens, called mPulse. mPulse is an all in one data plan and educational portal designed to enable them to learn and gain useful skills while having fun.
— MTN Nigeria (@MTNNG) August 23, 2018
The portal comes loaded with plenty of educational contents for youngsters between Primary One and SS3 classes. Contents range from computer programming, fashion designing, medicine and blogging to engineering, writing, data science and motivational speaking. This is really interesting for kids especially this long summer break.
Exam preparation materials for WAEC, NECO and JAMB also exist on the website. The portal also provides a number of interesting single and multiplayer games.
However, access to the portal requires registration. And once registered, parents and guardians can control what their kid’s access on the internet.
That is all for this week’s roundup. We do hope you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful weekend!
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