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MainOne integrates to IXPN as an IPV6 peer


Chidinma Iwe

West Africa’s leading connectivity and Data Center solutions provider, MainOne has successfully integrated to the new Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6), on the network of the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN). MainOne is the largest network in Nigeria to connect to IXPN via IPv6.

According to the Head of Managed Services and IP at MainOne, Chidinma Iwe, the integration to IPv6 addresses on the network of the (IXPN) was borne out of the desire to create more robust and inexhaustible wholesale Internet connectivity and avert the possible blockade from the exhaustion of Internet Protocol Version Four (IPv4) addresses.

“Nigeria can no longer afford to delay the deployment of an effective and robust IPv6 network. IPv6 is the future of networks globally and a key communication enabler for the future Internet of Things (IoT). Operators that use only IPv4 networks will soon face difficulties in expanding their activities on the internet, which will result in reduced coverage and business opportunities. West Africa must leapfrog in IPv6 development, to enable us to catch up with other more advanced regions such as South Africa. MainOne has led IPv6 connections in Nigeria with adjacency to over 73 IPv6 networks. However, we decided to do this evolutionary upgrade to IPv6 at the Internet Exchange as part of our effort to grow the local internet ecosystem in Nigeria. This ties into our commitment to mitigate the routing of Nigeria’s traffic abroad, which incurs expensive transit costs, increases service latency and compromises the user experience. With our upgrade to IPv6 at the IXPN, Nigeria can begin to exchange international IPv6 traffic in-country”, he said.


In his comments, the Managing Director of IXPN, Muhammed Rudman, posited the migration of operators such as MainOne would significantly accelerate IPv6 traffic growth within Nigeria and enhance the country’s posture on the global internet landscape. “Apart from giving our members the platform to experience enhanced interconnectivity, the implementation of IPv6 on our network places IXPN among the first set of IXPs in Africa to offer IPv6 Peering,” he asserted.

Rudman, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria IPv6 Council, encouraged other service providers in the country to adopt IPv6 in their networks. “Nigeria need IPv6 to get our huge population online, we need it urgently as we embrace advancements such as Internet of Things (IOT) and the Smart city initiatives. More networks are required to migrate to place Nigeria on the international map where other countries that have implemented IPv6 are,” he urged.

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) had officially announced the depletion of the Internet Protocol Version Four. This led to the setting up of an IPv6 council in Nigeria whose sole responsibility was to ensure that the operators and Nigeria as a whole migrates to the use of IPv6. To mitigate this, the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria announced a few months ago that it had successfully migrated its network to the Internet Protocol Version 6, saying the migration and subsequent implementation of IPv6 on the network follows the official announcement of the depletion of the Internet Protocol Version Four (IPv4).

Infinix Mobility partners with Jumia, Slot to launch Hot 5, lite INFINIX Mobility, Africa’s leading smartphone brand and makers of Infinix Hot, Hot 2, Hot 3 and Hot 4 announces the launch of the latest Infinix Hot series smartphone ‘Infinix Hot 5 and Hot 5 lite in Nigeria.

The announcement from Infinix was made with launch partners Jumia as its exclusive online partner and Slot Limited as its exclusive offline retail partner. The new Infinix Hot 5 and Hot 5 lite is promoted as Nigeria’s first Mobile cinema smartphone, which ensures real time mobile viewing with its 5.5HD display, dual front speakers and 3D Dirac stereo to enable users optimize their mobile experience.

Powered by Android 7.0, the new Infinix Hot 5 offers the customized user interface XOS 2.2 on 4000mah battery life, which ensures 35hrs talk time for all users. The well-equipped affordable smartphone also offers internal 16GB ROM and 2GB RAM for speed targeted at Hot series fans & trendsetters stated Regional Country director Infinix Mobility ‘Mr Bruno Li’ at the product briefing.


According to Jumia, Infinix Hot 5’s predecessor was the best seller on their platform in 14 countries and Infinix Hot 5 would deliver a bigger success in the African market based on its specifications.Josla boosts digital economy with new software solutions

JOSLA Electric Company Limited, an indigenous service provider in Nigeria’s technology space, has unveiled a new web and mobile-based solution for financial transactions.Named Cloud Automated Spend Bank Analytics (CASBA), the firm explained that it is a self-service solution integrated with a chatbot interface to provide users with alternatives and convenient platform needed to execute banking transactions round the clock.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of the firm, Akinlabi Ajelabi, the app which was developed under seven months, hoped to solve various banking issues for users.

Ajelabi explained that the new app functions to optimise and complement other related platforms for efficiency, and not to supplant existing ones.“As a business, we are targeting financial institutions for Business to Business (B2B), marketing for technology consultation, cognitive banking and cloud computing while our Business to Consumer (B2C) marketing targets everyday users. The app being a 24/7 automated customer support system would enable a user to open an account in three minute with Biometric Verification Number.

“Banks can easily monitor their businesses from any location and even track customers’ demands. The latest provides spend analytics on daily, weekly, monthly and yearly transactions as well as credit scoring for individuals requiring funds access,” he stated.

According to him, CASBA, unlike other apps integrate trending messaging applications like WhatsApp, technology (Artificial intelligence and Cloud Computing) to create an alternative and convenient platform for users by interacting with what they were already familiar with.


Giving more insight into CASBA’s functionality, Co-founder of Josla, Akintola Adesanmi, said that the app had in it, a solution called KIRA, an intelligence robot that solves all kinds of banking issues.

While he noted that the app was targeted at the financial institutions at the moment, he assured that it could be applied in every other sector that deals with customers.

“CASBA app is data reliant. In other words, it is effective with organisations that have data and that are why we are exploring the financial institutions because they have data and customers they interact with. The app is trained and improved on regularly to harness, structure and off course, utilise data rightly to help bank and customers respond to challenges at any time of the day,’ Adesanmi said.

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