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Samsung Wants to Leave Android According to Internal Documents Revealed During Apple Lawsuit

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On the heels of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5 Smartphone launch, it is no secret in the rumor mill that Samsung wants out of Android – biting the hand that fed and fatten them into one of the largest manufacturers of smartphones in the world. But Samsung wants to run and control everything, and can you really blame them – who doesn’t want to run the entire show. Samsung may badmouth Apple at every turn, but in reality, Samsung envies Apple’s control over the design and manufacturing of both the software and hardware. Samsung makes some great devices, but they are slaves to the Android O/S and rules that Google would like them to follow – and Samsung does not like to be told what to do…hence, they are pushing their Tizen O/S.

There is a problem trying to get the truth out of a big corporation, all we hear about them is what their press department wants us to hear. Unless you have been living under a rock these past couple of years, you know that Apple and Samsung have been locked up in many court battles. One of the side benefits to us is that documents are subpoenaed and some are made public – sometimes information is ‘leaked’ out giving us a glimpse into the thought process these companies are going through. Last week Samsung released some documents that showed what Apple really thinks about its Android competition.  Then, this week, Apple returned the favor and released evidence that Samsung’s tablet sales were less than they had claimed.

Internal documents leaked today allow us to delve into Samsung’s thought process during the period 2011 – 2012 when they were written and here are a few of the highlights:

Samsung’s biggest concern is Apple and how they could slow down their growth and stated, “Future success is dependent on blunting Apple.”

The second observation was that Samsung is not a team player – they do not consider HTC and other Android manufacturers as an ally.

The third bit of news is that Samsung admitted that their biggest problems were that they were perceived as a “weak brand and low quality.” There were documents that stated that carriers were more than three times likely to steer their customers to an iPhone than a Galaxy device.

Lastly, and most importantly, even though the growth of Samsung’s Galaxy line of phones was due to the Android O/S, that the company had been planning for years to rid themselves of Android and use its own O/S.

If Samsung decides to do this, it could have a huge impact on the Android ecosystem and on Samsung’s sales figures. Up until now they have used their Tizen O/S very sparingly in a few tablets for testing and on their Gear smartwatches. If Samsung really wants to abandon Android and make a launch of their own O/S they would need the life blood of an O/S – applications to run on their devices. This will certainly be something to keep our eye on over the next couple of years.

Let us know what you think about Samsung leaving Android and developing their own O/S – what do you think the impact on the Android ecosystem would be and on Samsung sales if this were actually to take place…we would love to hear your opinions.

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Ericsson fires employee over racist tweet

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Telecommunications company Ericsson South Africa has dismissed an employee over a racists tweet.

Ericsson employee Vivienne Catherine Basson vented her anger on Twitter yesterday, after being allegedly involved in a car accident with a taxi driver. In the rage-filled tweet she said, “Effing k**fir taxi. And once again I vote for the death penalty. These savages don’t deserve to live. But more importantly Daniel is alive and I am alive. They can rot in hell”

In South Africa, the word “Kaffir” is regarded as a deeply offensive racial slur, similar to “Nigger” in the United States.

After reviewing the message posted on Twitter, Ericsson South Africa dismissed Basson, stating that she contravened the company’s Code of Business Ethics.

As per our Ericsson Code of Business Ethics, we have a zero tolerance policy against all kinds of discrimination based on partiality or prejudice. In this case the Code has been breached, and as such the individual involved has been summarily dismissed,” they said in a statement.

In a number of follow-up tweets, Basson tried to justify her actions by explaining that she had previously been involved in two hit and run incidents with taxis and had been robbed and shot at in her home.

Do you now understand my anger. Walk in my shoes before you pontificate. I am not racist but I do know the difference between a good person and a savage,” she later tweeted.

She did apologize for her initial tweet, stating that she didn’t want to be “insensitive or derogatory.”

Law firm Legal Aid warns of the dangers of posting entries to social networks, as it could have long-lasting effects on the poster’s career.
Social media can be used to socialize and communicate and help do things, but you may not have thought about some of the problems it can cause for you. Think before you post – there may be negative consequences for you now as well as in the future as once it is out there it can be in many places you didn’t even think about. Remember friends can copy what you post and send it to people you don’t know who could then send it to even more people,” they explained.

 

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Bharti Airtel now second largest telecoms operator in Nigeria…

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Bharti Airtel, a global telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Africa and Asia, has further consolidated its market position in Nigeria, demonstrating return on investment for the company in Africa’s largest operation.

Fresh statistics from Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC), the market regulator, show a continued growth trajectory placing Airtel as the second largest telecommunications services provider in terms of customers. This means that Airtel has now leapfrogged Glo to second largest network by customer numbers. According to the report published on the website of the NCC, Airtel Nigeria, as at February 2014 recorded total customer number of 26, 194, 336.00 while Glo, MTN and Etisalat finished at 24, 490, 650.00, 57, 183, 745.00 and 18,119,397.00, respectively.

Congratulating the team, Christian de Faria, Airtel Africa CEO, said: “This is a remarkable feat for Airtel, demonstrating that our investments, aimed at ensuring a superior experience for our customers in Nigeria, are bearing fruit. It is also a clear indication of the trust that a growing sector of the population have started to have in us.” He added: “This achievement has not come easy and I must congratulate the Airtel team in Nigeria. Nigeria continues to be a very competitive telecoms market and our intention is to ensure that we continue to innovate and make life easier for our customers.”
The findings by NCC have corroborated independent research from Credit Suisse, a global financial-services group, which in July last year showed that Airtel’s market share has improved markedly in Nigeria growing by 21.3 percent, in the ten months leading to April 2013. Importantly, Credit Suisse noted that Airtel has the advantage of growing its market share using the existing, unutilized capacity on its network.”
Airtel Nigeria’s Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Segun Ogunsanya, said: “The recent report from the NCC is a glowing testimony to our collective commitment of delivering value to our customers and also becoming the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians in line with our corporate vision. We are extremely pleased that Nigerians are expressing confidence in our network and we will continue to excite and delight them with innovative and affordable mobile telecommunications solution.
For us at Airtel Nigeria, this is, indeed, the beginning of a new journey to reclaiming market leadership in the highly competitive telecoms landscape and we are totally committed to our quest of offering the best network experience as well as bespoke value offerings,” he said.

Since the launch in 2010, Airtel has invested over $1.7bn dollars to expand network capacity and deepen quality in Nigeria, in a bid to achieve world-class service quality. The company’s launch of its market-leading 3.75G service in March 2012 and the subsequent roll-out, has offered unparalleled, high-speed mobile Internet, across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja.

 

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The Economist Summit 2014

Leading International magazine events‘ arm, The Economist Events confirms key sector executives at this year’s 10th edition of its annual Nigeria Summit in Lagos on March 24th and 25th at The Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Among them are Mr. Bisi Onasanya, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, FirstBank who brings thought-leadership to the debate, placing developmental issues at the fore of national and international discourse.

FirstBank also celebrates its 120th anniversary alongside Nigeria’s Centenary Anniversary celebrations this year. There is indeed a strong connection between the nation and the institution with FirstBank playing key roles in national growth and development over the years.

FirstBank’s GMD/CEO, Bisi Onasanya will be joining a range of global delegates drawn from business, government and academia at the Nigeria Summit which has become one of the leading events in Africa where business, government and ideas people meet. Last year’s event attracted delegates from 22 countries. key speakers FOR THIS YEAR INCLUDE Omobola Johnson, Nigeria’s Minister of Communication Technology; Zhong Jianhua, Special Representative of the Chinese Government for African Affairs; Sri Prakash Lohia, Founder and Chairman, Indorama Corporation, and Stephane Bacquaert, Managing Director of Investments and Secretary of the Investment Committee, Wendel Group; Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties; Arunma Oteh, Director General, Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission and Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings.

 

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Ecobank Transnational Incorporated announces new Group CEO

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated today announces the departure of Group CEO Mr Thierry Tanoh with effect from 12 March 2014. Effective the same date he will no longer be a Director of ETI. Mr Tanoh joined the Ecobank Group as CEO designate in July 2012 and commenced his executive role in October 2012 prior to being appointed Group CEO in January 2013. He will be replaced by Mr Albert Essien, currently Deputy CEO/ Group Executive Director for Corporate and Investment Bank, with immediate effect. Mr Albert Essien has been at Ecobank for more than twenty years rising to the position of Deputy Group CEO two years ago.

Prior to becoming Deputy CEO Mr Essien was the Regional Head for the Anglophone West Africa (excluding Nigeria) and Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) regions. He started his banking career in 1986 with the National Investment Bank in Accra, Ghana and joined the Corporate Banking Department of Ecobank Ghana in 1990. In 1997, he became Country Risk Manager. He was appointed Deputy Managing Director in 2001 and became Managing Director in December 2002. Albert Essien has a degree in Economics from the University of Ghana and is an alumnus of the Executive Development Program of INSEAD (France / Singapore). He is also an honorary fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Ghana.

Announcing the replacement ETI Interim Chairman, André Siaka, said “We wish to thank Thierry Tanoh for his service to Ecobank and we wish him every success in the future. We believe that Mr Albert Essien has the experience and knowledge that Ecobank needs to take us forward as we continue to implement our strategy which is to deliver outstanding customer service, to improve long-term shareholder value and returns and to be the employer of choice in our markets.”
Speaking as the Board nominated him as the new Group CEO Albert Essien said, “I have been working for Ecobank for more than 20 years and I am proud of what we have achieved so far. I am committed to achieving our vision of building a world class pan-African bank which contributes to the economic development and financial integration of Africa and to our mission of providing our retail and wholesale customers with convenient, accessible and reliable financial products and services. We have faced challenges at the governance level in the recent
past, but they are not insurmountable. We have put in place a detailed governance action plan which will strengthen us to meet these challenges. We have put in place measures to improve our controls and systems as required, further to completion of all internal and external reviews.”
The Board of Directors of ETI also announced that, in line with a directive the Securities and Exchange Commission of Nigeria, Mrs. Laurence do Rego is reinstated as Group Executive Director of Finance and Risk with immediate effect.

During their Board meeting the Directors reaffirmed their commitment to implementing the detailed 51 point Governance Action Plan adopted by shareholders at an Extraordinary General Meeting held at Ecobank’s Pan African Centre in Lomé on 3 March 2014. The plan, which is expected to be implemented by the end of April 2014, aims to strengthen governance within the Ecobank Group.

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Just Pondering Part 635

As Nigeria takes its place as the powerhouse economy of sub-Saharan Africa how does it turn growth into prosperity?

Leading International magazine events’ arm, The Economist Events has concluded plans to hold the 10th edition of its annual Nigeria Summit in Lagos with ‘Turning growth into prosperity’ as the theme of the summit. The summit will be held between March 24th and 25th at The InterContinental, Lagos.

A range of global delegates and speakers in attendance will be drawn from business, government and academia. This is a unique feature of this event – it will be recalled that the 2013 edition of the Nigeria Summit attracted delegates from 22 countries. The summit has become one of the leading events in Africa where business, government and ideas people meet.

This year’s summit will feature key speakers like Omobola Johnson, Nigeria’s Minister of Communication Technology; Zhong Jianhua, Special Representative of the Chinese Government for African Affairs; Sri Prakash Lohia, Founder and Chairman, Indorama Corporation, and Stephane Bacquaert, Managing Director of Investments and Secretary of the Investment Committee, Wendel Group. Other speakers include: Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties; Arunma Oteh, Director General, Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission; Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Sokoto and Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings. The closing speech on day-one of the summit will be delivered by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria.

Previous keynote speakers at the summit included President Goodluck Jonathan, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy; Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former President of Brazil; Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Chairman, Etisalat Nigeria among many others.

“This year’s Nigeria Summit will bring together over 350 leaders drawn from different walks of life including Nigeria’s public and private sectors, international business players and investors for a discussion on how Nigeria can turn its economic growth into social and political prosperity,” Daniel Franklin, Executive Director of The Economist disclosed.

Part of the conversation for this year will be based on how economic growth can improve security; strategy for placing economic growth at the heart of Nigeria’s effort to unite the country; and how economic policies can drive national security and unity throughout the country. Speakers will also be expected to field questions from the business community on whether or not companies should be worried about the partnership between Asia and Africa.

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D’BANJ, KAREN IGHO, JULIUS AGWU, DARE, MAVIN CREW and OTHER CELEBRITIES LIGHT UP ICE PRINCE FOZ ALBUM LAUNCH, SPONSORED BY ETISALAT [PHOTOS]

Saturday 23rd November was a night to remember at the Ice Prince Fire of Zama album launch, held at the Eko Hotel and Suites as celebrities gathered to honor one of their own, ICE Prince Zamani during the launch of his album. Etisalat, Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunications company was a major sponsor of the album launch.

The show was hosted by Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon and guests were treated to a night of fun and entertainment as Ice Prince took to the stage for over 4 hours, performing the songs in his new album. There were also collaborations and performances by MI, Olamide, Terry G, Sunny Neji, Young L, Chipmunk, Phyno, Dr Sid and Don Jazzy also performed hit song Surulere together.

 

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