Behold! Mercedes SUV of the future

IN anticipation of future automobile, the Los Angeles auto show hosted an event among automotive designers to formulate ideas about the future of transportation in the world.

This year’s theme was centered on what the law enforcement rides of 2025 might look like and the sketchers at Mercedes-Benz were so enamored with their design, they built a life-size version, creating a Gelandewagon for the end of the world.

Dubbed the ‘Ener-G-Force’, the truck is in Mercedes’ own words “pure science fiction,” but it provides a few hints as to where Mercedes designers see SUV styles heading in the future.

Based on the military-grade G-Class SUVs, the Ener-G-Force features built-in police lights, a bull bar integrated into the grille and 20-inch off-road wheels “guarantee the right-of-way even where no way exists.”

Since this is 2025, power comes from a hydrogen fuel cell sending electricity to motors in each wheel hub.

As part of the design competition, Mercedes filled the Ener-G-Force with a few less realistic, imaginary tools.

The hydrogen from the fuel cell comes from a more up-to-date take on Mr. Fusion that pulls hydrogen from any given source and stores the water produced by the cells in roof tanks.

The space where a spare tire goes on the modern G-Class is filled with tools. And the roof rack includes a “terrascan” topography sensor that adjusts the suspension for different terrain.

Given that Mercedes already sells technology that attempts to sense the road and even the wakefulness of the driver, some of these sounds like it could be on a options list well before 2025.

Culled from VANGUARD

GLO Increases Their Internet Data Bundle Allowance

Plan Name Service Data Cap Validity period Code SMS to 127 Time of use
Always MAX N7,500 8GB 30 days *127*1# ’12’ All day
Always MIN N5,000 4GB 30 days *127*2# ’11’ All day
Always Day N500 195MB 24 hours *127*3# ’10’ All day
G 300 N15,000 12GB 300 hours/3months *127*4# ’21’ All day
G 100 N6,000 4GB 100 hours/1month *127*5# ’20’ All Day
G work N6,000 4GB 30 days *127*6# ’31’ 8am – 9 pm
G leisure N5000 4GB 30 days *127*7# ’30’ 8pm to 9am everyday + all day during weekend

Culled from Nairaland

How Earth, Mars Formed From Similar Building Blocks

A TEAM of scientists, including Carnegie’s Conel Alexander and Jianhua Wang, studied the hydrogen in water from the Martian interior and found that Mars formed from similar building blocks to that of Earth, but that there were differences in the later evolution of the two planets. This implies that terrestrial planets, including Earth, have similar water sources, chondritic meteorites.

However, unlike on Earth, Martian rocks that contain atmospheric volatiles such as water, do not get recycled into the planet’s deep interior.

Their work will be published in the December 1 issue of Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

Also, near surface water has shaped the landscape of Mars. Areas of the planet’s northern and southern hemispheres have alternately thawed and frozen in recent geologic history and comprise striking similarities to the landscape of Svalbard. This suggests that water has played a more extensive role than previously envisioned, and that environments capable of sustaining life could exist, according to new research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Mars is a changing planet, and in recent geological time repeated freeze and thaw cycles has played a greater role than expected in terms of shaping the landscape. In an attempt to be able to make more reliable interpretations of the landscapes on Mars, researchers have developed new models for analysing images from the planet.

The process of analysing satellite images from Mars has been combined with similar studies of an arctic environment in Svalbard. Despite the fact that Svalbard is considerably warmer than Mars, the arctic landscape shows a number of striking similarities to certain parts of Mars.

One important common feature is the presence of permafrost and frozen subsurface water.

Indeed much controversy surrounds the origin, abundance and history of water on Mars. The sculpted channels of the Martian southern hemisphere speak loudly of flowing water, but this terrain is ancient. Consequently, planetary scientists often describe early Mars as “warm and wet” and current Mars as “cold and dry.”

Debate in the scientific community focuses on how the interior and crust of Mars formed, and how they differ from those of Earth. To investigate the history of Martian water and other volatiles, scientists at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Carnegie, and the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston studied water concentrations and hydrogen isotopic compositions trapped inside crystals within two Martian meteorites. The meteorites, called shergottites, were of the same primitive nature, but one was rich in elements such as hydrogen, whereas the other was depleted.

The meteorites used in the study contain trapped basaltic liquids, and are pristine samples that sampled various Martian volatile element environments. One meteorite appears to have changed little on its way from the Martian mantle up to the surface of Mars. It has a hydrogen isotopic composition similar to that of Earth.

Culled from GUARDIAN

Telecoms and Impact of Promos on Network Capacity

WITH an investment of over $25 billion in various segments of the telecoms sector in the country in the last 11 years, which has enabled the growth of just 400,000 lines in 2000 to over 107 million active mobile subscriptions as at September 2012, Nigeria, has in no doubt remained a reference point in Africa’s telecoms sector.

Beside, Nigeria is expected to lead the continent, which currently has over 750 million to a projected one billion mobile subscription marks by 2015.

According to statistics released by the London based Informa Telecoms and Media at the just concluded 15th edition of AfricaCom Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, Nigeria and indeed Africa have the world’s second biggest mobile market region by subscription count, behind Asia-Pacific but ahead of Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America and the Middle East.

According to Informa Telecoms and Media, Nigeria, which crossed the 100 million mobile subscriptions threshold in the second quarter of 2012, will continue to be Africa’s biggest mobile market and is projected to have 168.9 million subscriptions at the end of 2017, followed by Egypt with 129.4 million subscriptions.

Be that as it may, telecoms analysts, while appreciating the huge investments profile of various operators in the continent have consistently harped on the need for players to increase their investment profile and expand their network capacities, especially in a large market such as Nigeria, which grows at a geometric progression to be able to meet the increasing surge in mobile connections on the continent.

Indeed, the telecoms sector, especially in Nigeria is still beset with the issue of poor quality of service. The deteriorating telecoms service has made it pretty difficult to make smooth calls across networks or even within the same networks, as subscribers are faced with the challenges of dropped calls, call diversion, weak call signals to activate calls, poor voice clarity, delay in SMS delivery, among others.

Despite these observable challenges, the telecom subscriber base keeps growing everyday as more people joined the already congested networks.

From statistics, about two third of Nigerians now have telephone, which before now used to be an exclusive preserve of the rich in the pre liberalization era of the telecoms sector.

For the increasing poor services, several factors are being attributed for this, which include limited expansion capacity of the operators and chiefly regular promos by the operators, which put more pressure on their limited capacity.

Indeed, players in the Nigerian telecoms sector, including MTN Nigeria; Globacom; Airtel and Etisalat seem not to have envisaged the boom in the subscription rate in the country, with the networks now over congested and service quality plummeting lately and subsequently increasing subscribers’ agony across all the networks.

Painfully, none of the operators has ever mentioned or admitted the impact of recurrent promos as one of the major causes of the problem. It appears the stiff competition in the industry has done more damage than benefits to service quality.

The various freebies in the name of promos and lotteries seem to have negatively impacted the networks. This has subsequently drawn the ire of the regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The NCC had through its Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo issued a statement banning on telecoms promotions and lotteries, stressing that in recent times, it had been inundated with several complaints from consumers and industry stakeholders against the various promotions offered by telecommunications operators in the country, which seems to be congesting the networks.

NCC claimed that it had carefully evaluated the complaints received, especially against the backdrop of sustaining the integrity of the networks, the general interest of the consumers and the socio-economic impact of these promotions on operators and other relevant stakeholders.

Ojobo said the commission observed that on-net call was now being offered by operators at tariffs well below the prevailing inter-connect rates thereby introducing anti-competitive practices and behavior from one network to another and overall consumer experience on the networks has become very poor thereby making it extremely difficult for subscribers to make calls successfully.

Indeed, experts argued that promotions including MTN’s wonder promo, where it gave out an aircraft to the winner; Airtel’s 500 per cent bonus packages; Globacom’s Text for million promos, Etisalat’s promos recorded over 100 per cent participation and drastically congested the networks with services almost crumbling.

A telecoms expert, Tunji Ajao, who spoke to The Guardian on Monday, said indeed the ban was to bring sanity to the networks and save subscribers nightmares in connectivity.

Ajao believed that the networks are not robust enough to accommodate the volume of calls generated by the attractions of promos, stressing that operators should as a matter of urgency expand their networks to accommodate more surge that will be coming, especially during the festive periods.

According to him, the situation would have been better if it had been one or two of the operators engaging in the promo; at least, Nigerians subscribers, most of who use more than one network would have opted for the alternative, if one gets worse. “Unfortunately, in the spirit of competition, all the operators are in it, thus, leaving the entire networks in a mess of poor service”, he stated.

In his reaction to the ban, the National Association of telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) lauded government’s ban of the promotions.

NATCOMS President, Deolu Ogunbanjo believed that the move would free up the network and stop congestion of the networks.

Ogunbanjo said that stopping the promotions would compel telecoms operators to upgrade their services to meet up the present challenges.

“By this decision, telecom operators will want to expedite action to improve on their network, knowing that their promotions always attract more subscribers into their various networks. All these promotions here and there are affecting the quality of service. It is a good decision that the Federal Government has taken”, he stated.

However, the fact remains that poor quality of service issues go beyond promotions and lotteries. Government must also create an enabling environment; friendly tax system; protect telecoms infrastructure among others.

Supporting this argument was the president of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Mr. Gbenga Adebayo.

Adebayo in an interview with journalists said the major cause of poor service quality across networks should be blamed on natural and man-made disasters, rather than on promos and lotteries.

According to him, the natural disasters were caused by flooding in some southern parts of the country, while the man-made disasters were caused by spontaneous attacks on telecoms facilities in some northern parts of the country last September.

Adebayo explained that the attacks on telecoms facilities last September and other incidences resulted in severe service disruptions in the areas primarily affected and by extension other parts of the country.

“The impact of the attacks had since limited the ability of millions of Nigerian subscribers to access telecommunications services, because the incidents affected over 250 telecoms sites that lost connection.

He added that the unprecedented flood in some parts of the country destroyed Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) along its path, leading to significant service disruption in the affected areas, with consequential impact on service availability in some other parts that were not affected by the flood.

“Other than disruption to services, our members have lost equipment worth several billions of naira to the flood disaster across the country, as over additional 300 BTS sites were affected by the flood,” Adebayo said.

He called on government to provide the necessary protection to telecoms facilities in the national interest of the country, adding that the infrastructure built and owned by the telecommunications industry is the springboard to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) revolution in Nigeria, which are essential for Nigeria’s socio-economic advancement.

Culled from THE GUARDIAN

Vodacom Business Nigeria Brings M2M Solutions to Financial Institutions

PROVIDER of telecommunications solution, Vodacom Business Nigeria, has launched its Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions suitable for the financial and the retail sector.

The new Vodacom M2M solutions are dual-SIM enabled, providing reliable, secure and a cost-effective solutions for ATM, Point of Sales (POS) connectivity and back-up applications.

The solution, which includes ATMLink, POSLink and 3G Back-Up, according to Vodacom, represents a milestone in scalable M2M technology in Nigeria.

The firm explained that these next-generation solutions utilise the GSM data network to connect retailer’s POS to the central servers or to the Nigerian Interbank Settlement Systems (NIBSS) network and the ATM to the bank’s central servers, adding that it enabled seamless network failover to a secondary GSM network in the event of failure on the primary network and vice versa, in which case, the user was oblivious to the network changeover.

The key concern among financial institutions and other retailers is data security, to which Vodacom has assured the market of the in-built security of its new M2M solutions.

Vodacom Business Nigeria Product Manager, Abu Etu said: “Our solutions are built on a secure network and all transactions are encrypted over the Vodacom MPLS network. We have put in place IPSEC tunneling, private APNs, SIM authentication and a host of security measures to provide much needed peace of mind.”

Ettu said: “Vodacom’s M2M solutions are able to offer connectivity in commercial districts and remote locations across all 36 states of Nigeria. Using our extensive countrywide network and leveraging the reach of the GSM data networks do this. At 99 per cent guaranteed availability, Vodacom’s M2M Solutions offer businesses the ability to improve service delivery and increase their competitive advantage.

“What’s more, M2M solutions are highly cost effective and offer real-time monitoring. They provide the customer with direct visibility of the usage and availability statistics of their devices.

Culled from GUARDIAN

Telecoms operators fault new Lagos rule on mast installations

TELECOMMUNICATIONS operators, under the aegis of Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), has criticised Lagos State Government’s steep hikes in fees imposed on operators in the state.

The new Lagos rule is requesting telecoms operators to pay N3 million for new masts erected in the state as against N400, 000 paid for each with a yearly 15 per cent renewal fee. Existing masts erected by operators will now attract N1 million.

The state government also increased to N3 million per base station, the rent paid by telecoms operators for Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) erected in the state.

ALTON informed that the state’s Urban Furniture Regulatory Unit established by the Lagos Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to regulate the activities of telecoms operators, Internet service providers and banks, is making the new demand on masts and tower installations.

President of ALTON, Gbenga Adebayo, noted that the hiked fee had compounded the problem of the difficult operating environment for operators in the country, adding that it was further aggravated by the closure of sites by government agencies in many states across the federation while the recent flood disaster rendered many sites inaccessible.

According to him, ALTON members were uncomfortable acceding to such unlawful demands adding that such demands also contravened the provisions of the Taxes and Levies (Approved List for Collection) under the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

He recalled that last September, there were significant attacks and destruction of telecoms BTS and other infrastructure in some parts of Northern Nigeria.

“The impact of the attacks has been felt in other parts of the country, particularly in the North. The attacks have since limited the ability of millions of Nigerian subscribers to access telecommunications services.”

According to him, the incidents affected over 250 telecoms sites that lost connection and many suffered significant damage beyond repairs.

Adebayo also lamented the incessant closure of operators’ base stations by state government agencies on account of non-payment of business permits, ground rent and environmental rent.

“We hereby draw the attention of the Federal Government and the general public to the continuous, incessant and unlawful closure of telecommunication facility sites by some individuals, communities and indeed, state authorities, in spite of the disasters that we face,” he adds.

Culled from THE GUARDIAN

Dell Drops to Three-Year Low as Forecast Misses Estimates

Dell Inc. (DELL) tumbled to the lowest price in more than three years after forecasting a fourth straight quarter of declining sales, a sign that a slump in demand for personal computers will persist.

The stock dropped 7.3 percent to $8.86 in New York, for the lowest close since March 10, 2009. Fiscal fourth-quarter revenue will be $14 billion to $14.4 billion, the Round Rock, Texas- based company indicated in a statement yesterday. That’s less than the $14.5 billion average estimate of analysts, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Revenue was $16 billion a year earlier

Dell, the No. 3 PC maker, is struggling as companies wait to upgrade machines and consumers turn to smartphones and tablets like Apple Inc.’s iPad and iPhone. Even as Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell works to mitigate the decline by adding storage, networking gear, software and services through acquisitions, the company still gets half its sales from PCs, and it won’t quickly get relief from the release of a new version of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s Windows operating system.

“They’ve been talking about changing the last five years,” said Shaw Wu, an analyst at Sterne Agee & Leach Inc., who has a neutral rating on the shares. “They’re in a very tough position, plain and simple.”

Dell has lost 39 percent this year, compared with a 7.5 percent gain in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Information Technology Index.
PCs Languish

PC shipments tumbled 8.3 percent in the calendar third quarter from a year earlier, according to market researcher Gartner Inc., and are projected to decline this year for the first time since 2001, according to IHS iSuppli. Dell has spent more than $12.7 billion on 18 acquisitions since 2009, adding corporate data center products to lessen its reliance on PCs.

Today, the company said it bought software maker Gale Technologies for an undisclosed sum, adding tools to help companies expand in cloud-computing.

Sales in Dell’s fiscal third quarter, which ended Nov. 2, fell 11 percent to $13.7 billion, less than analysts’ average estimate of $13.9 billion. Fourth-quarter revenue will rise 2 percent to 5 percent from the prior period, the company said in the statement.

Third-quarter profit before some items fell to 39 cents a share, compared with analysts’ average 40-cent estimate. Net income dropped 47 percent to $475 million, or 27 cents a share, from $893 million, or 49 cents, a year earlier, the company said. Desktop and laptop PC revenue declined 19 percent to $6.65 billion.
Servers, Networking

Sales of Dell’s servers and networking gear fared better. Revenue in that product group rose 11 percent from a year ago to $2.32 billion, buoyed by strong demand for Dell’s PowerEdge servers, new machines that have the ability to attach to faster network connections, Chief Financial Officer Brian Gladden said on a conference call with analysts.

Sales of servers designed for large cloud-computing applications rose 126 percent from a year earlier, CEO Dell said on the call.

In the PC market, Dell’s touch-screen tablet computers running Windows 8 — Microsoft’s new version of its flagship PC operating system tailored for tablets and touch-screen PCs — have been another bright spot, Gladden said in an interview.

“There are some parts of the business that are actually doing well,” he said.
Windows 8

Still, Windows 8 hasn’t yet provided a boost for PC makers since its introduction last month, in part because corporate customers aren’t rushing to upgrade. Gladden said Windows 8 won’t affect Dell’s results in the next two quarters.

“The client business continues to be challenging,” he said. “Commercial customers tend to be lagging adopters of a new operating system. They’re going to wait.”

In addition, Microsoft released its first computer — a tablet called Surface that can function like a laptop — putting the software company in competition with PC makers such as Dell.

“The threat right now is minimal, but that’s only because the unit number is small,” said Richard Shim, an analyst at market researcher NPD DisplaySearch. “But when you look at the potential for it to disrupt partners, it’s pretty big.”

On top of the stagnating PC market, superstorm Sandy may have pared $500 million to $700 million from Dell’s third- quarter revenue, according to a Nov. 8 research note from Abhey Lamba, an analyst at Mizuho Securities USA who has a neutral rating on Dell shares. The storm struck the East Coast in late October, closed U.S. stock markets for two days, and may have caused as much as $20 billion in economic damage and losses.

Brian White, an analyst at Topeka Capital Markets in New York, wrote yesterday in a note to clients that Dell’s operating profit, which declined 31 percent in the third quarter, may have “bottomed,” auguring well for its stock price.

“The stock has limited downside from current levels as we expect value investors will be attracted,” wrote White, who recommends buying the shares.

Culled from Bloomberg

Intel CEO Retiring After Sluggish Shift to Post-PC Era

Intel Corp. (INTC) Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini will retire in May, in a surprise move three years before mandatory retirement, after failing to equip the world’s largest semiconductor maker for a shift toward mobile devices and away from the personal computers it long dominated.

The board will consider internal and external candidates to replace him, Intel said today in a statement. The company has never chosen an outside CEO. It’s leaning toward executives from within, according to people familiar with the planning who asked not to be named because the search is private.

Under Otellini, 62, Intel has stumbled in the transition to mobile computing, managing to garner less than 1 percent of the market for chips for smartphones and tablets. Though the company extended its lead over Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) in PC chips, the industry is shrinking as people do more computing on iPads and Android phones. The PC market this year will post its first annual decline in more than a decade.

“He’s been challenged by a tough PC market,” Richard Schafer, an analyst at Oppenheimer & Co., said in an interview. “You’ve got a company that’s heavily dependent on PCs, which is a vertical that’s in structural decline. Intel has yet to really establish a beachhead in mobile computing.”

When Otellini began his tenure as CEO in 2005, desktop and laptop machines powered by Intel’s chips set the standard for personal computing. More recently, smartphones and tablets have eclipsed the number of PCs being sold, crimping Intel’s revenue.

Under Intel bylaws, Otellini could have continued to serve as CEO until May 2016, when he would have reached the company’s mandatory retirement age.

Past Successions

Intel’s shares rose less than 1 percent to $20.25 at the close in New York, leaving the stock down 16 percent this year.

“The board accepted Paul’s decision with regret,” Paul Bergevin, vice president of communications at the Santa Clara, California-based company, said in an interview.

The company today promoted three senior leaders to the position of executive vice president: Stacy Smith, chief financial officer and director of corporate strategy; Brian Krzanich, chief operating officer; and Renee James, head of Intel’s software business.

In past successions, Intel has elevated the current COO to the top job. Both Otellini and his predecessor, Craig Barrett, stepped up from that position. Otellini, having served as technical assistant to former CEO Andy Grove, is also the product of Intel’s internal development program to groom future leaders.

COO Promotion

“We have excellent internal candidates but will also look outside,” Chuck Mulloy, an Intel spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement.

“After almost four decades with the company and eight years as CEO, it’s time to move on and transfer Intel’s helm to a new generation of leadership,” Otellini said in the statement.

Krzanich, 52, was promoted to the COO role in January. He was head of the company’s manufacturing operations and now also leads human resources. He joined the company in 1982 after graduating from San Jose State University with a degree in chemistry. Smith, 50, has held positions in sales and marketing and finance and became assistant CFO in 2006. James, 48, would be Intel’s first female chief executive if she were chosen.

Intel should consider external candidates, including someone with experience changing course at a large company, said Doug Freedman, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets.

“If the board really wants a change, they’ve got to go and get a turnaround guy,” Freedman said. “That’s difficult for a company the size of Intel. You’d need someone from a big company.”

CEO Candidates

Freedman said that the board might look at Sanjay Jha, the former CEO of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., or executives from Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Jha also served as operating chief at San Diego-based Qualcomm. Of the internal candidates, he said “Stacy is the most focused of the three, but do you want a finance guy running a technology company?”

Otellini helped Intel rebound from a 42 percent drop in profit in 2006 as the company lost share in the server market to Advanced Micro Devices. He presided over record profit and sales for two years starting in 2010. Last month, slow factory output and rising stockpiles of unsold chips led the company to forecast fourth-quarter profit margins that fell short of analysts’s estimates.
Market Shift

The total PC market will contract by 1.2 percent to 348.7 million units this year, according to IHS iSuppli. That’s the first annual decline since 2001, the market researcher said.

Intel’s biggest customers are PC makers Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ) and Dell Inc. (DELL), according to a Bloomberg supply-chain analysis.

Qualcomm, the world’s largest maker of chips for phones, surpassed Intel in market value for the first time earlier this month and is predicting double-digit earnings growth for the next five years.

Some 711.4 million smartphones will be sold this year, a gain of 44 percent, Canaccord Genuity Inc. analysts projected in a report. The market will grow 35.4 percent next year, the analysts estimated.

Like his predecessors, Otellini failed to parlay Intel’s position in computers, where it has more than 80 percent of the market for processors, to a stake in the more rapidly growing market for phones.

This year the company announced its first customers in phones, including Google Inc.’s Motorola unit. As yet, the company has less than 1 percent of that market, according to research firm Forward Concepts Co.

“Paul Otellini has been a very strong leader, only the fifth CEO in the company’s great 45-year history, and one who has managed the company through challenging times and market transitions,”Andy Bryant, Intel’s chairman, said in the statement.

Culled from Bloomberg

State of Osun Set To Transform To Number 1 Digital City In Nigeria

Osun Digital City

The whole of Ipinle Omoluabi – Osun State, Nigeria, would soon become one huge wireless hot spot – a digital city! Over 105Km Radius of IP Network, unparalleled in the digital history of Nigeria.

Mr. Aderemi Ojikutu, the Personal Adviser to the Governor of Osun State on ICT Applications gave this short briefing in FCT, Abuja, after the Annual General Meeting of the Information Technology (Industry) Association [ITAN] last week.

“The first phase of the roll out of the IP Network of Osun State (called “Digital Canopy”) started on Monday 5th of September, 2011. A technical due diligence was conducted by the two JV partners (Bradtech and Corenet Solutions) and by Saturday the 17th of December 2011, the project would be ready for commissioning, A Pilot Test (PROOF OF CONCEPT) of 4-6 weeks (17-12-2011 to 27-01-2012) will begin across the digital space of Ipinle Omoluabi, and spilling over to neighbouring Cities/States like Ogbomosho in Oyo State, Offa in Kwara State, Ondo, etc. and covering all campuses of tertiary (Both Federal and State owned educational institutions) will be covered in the first phase.”

He said further: “…we are set to redefine connectivity in Nigeria, with about 100 Million USD coming as FDI into the economy of Osun State next 12 months by investors from China and the USA, for development of energy and power, the new cry of investors is: ‘Europe is dead, you don’t put money on a dead horse, Africa waiting for a win-win relationship’. We need a connected government, connected people and a connected market to drive the digital revolution in technology, and Osun State is ready to provide that.”

“In the next two years, a great and enthusiastic population of 20,000 Techies and geeks would be trained and unleashed into the digital space by the Government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, they shall be assembling laptops and other mobile devices including phones, repairing, trouble-shooting. Another new generation of digitally compliant students and youth 150,000-strong would be equipped and trained on their tablets to increase their computer skills right from Secondary schools, there is no better time to prepare than now to take this digital opportunities to expand the frontiers of technology in Osun State and Nigeria.”

“When our administration came on board, we discovered that we were sitting on a buried treasure, one local government here in Osun State has the largest concentration of internet traffic in Nigeria, Lagos with all its sophistication and mega-commerce came a distant second position, followed closely by Yola – ABTI American University of Nigeria in Adamawa state. This survey set us thinking and this Digital City is the product and expression of those ingenious thoughts.”

“The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is talking of cashless economy from next year 2012, Osun State will be first State in Nigeria to provide digital infrastructure for all the POS and ATMs to ride on, that is the implication of this digital revolution.”