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NCA Double standards in Ghana’s Broadband Industry Exposed

Efforts by the Broadband Communications Chamber to ensure fairness and conformity in the country’s broadband industry through series of ongoing engagements with stakeholders has led to the unraveling of another staggering revelation which goes a long way to confirm the deliberate double standards of industry regulator the National Communications Authority (NCA) This came up following a meeting between the country’s legislative body in charge of Communications and the Broadband Communications Chamber in Accra recently. Biztechafrica learnt that during the meeting it emerged that the NCA has given approval to another government body which is also under the supervision of the Ministry of Communications, the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) to operate 4G services in the country.

Members of the executive board representing the BBCC at the meeting expressed surprise at not having any knowledge whatsoever about NITA’s involvement in the operation of 4G service, when asked by the parliamentary select committee on Communications whether they are aware of the fact that NITA has partnered with a private entity to commercialize some of its fibre infrastructure and that the entity had already deployed Wi-Fi hotspot and was providing 4G services to the Accra Technical University. According to the Broadband Chamber, the NCA’s move clearly points to the fact that it does not want to provide an even playing field in dissemination of industry data and information. They mentioned Netherlands based Afrimax and its acquisition of Busy Internet to operate 4G services in Ghana as an example where the industry regulator NCA chose not to inform the public about the approval of that deal which then later became difficult for them to address the disparity among 4G players.

When the Select Committee on Communication asked how Busy Internet became a license 4G operator since they seemed to have acquired their 4G licence “through the backdoor” especially as they paid less for their 4G license than other 4G providers, the BBCC executives explained that there are two ways to acquire and access spectrum, and noted that there are the authorizations which are short term permits and the long-term licenses e.g.

10-15 years. “Busy has an authorization and are traditionally operating as an ISP. Authorizations are specific to a region and are of short duration and lower costs as compared to long-term licenses that are nationwide and more costly,” the Chamber said.

The BBCC then reiterated its commitment in ensuring uniformity for all 4G players in the sector and as a matter of urgency we are putting together plans on ways to ensure consistency in the sector which they hope to share with the Regulator soon.

By: Nana Appiah Acquaye

iOS 11.1 released – All the details

Apple has launched iOS 11.1, which is now available for download by users.

iOS 11.1 introduces over 70 new emoji and includes bug fixes and improvements, said Apple.

The new additions are detailed below.

Emoji

  • Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more.

Photos

  • Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry.
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to play back slowly.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup.
  • Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots.

Accessibility

  • Improves braille support for Grade 2 input.
  • Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs.
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications.
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the app switcher.
  • Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing.
  • Fixes an issue where the VoiceOver rotor would always return to the default action in Mail.
  • Fixes an issue where the VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages.

Other improvements and fixes

  • Restores support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on the edge of the display with 3D Touch.
  • Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on the Lock screen.
  • Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps.
  • Fixes an issue with some third-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data.
  • Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in the Apple Watch app (1st generation).
  • Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch.

Now read: iPhone X Face ID tested on identical twins[1]

References

  1. ^ iPhone X Face ID tested on identical twins (mybroadband.co.za)

Shadow of the Colossus remake news: Release date, price & trailer PS4

Shadow of the Colossus originally launched on 2005 on the PlayStation 2 – can you believe it? – but a new version is on the way. Here’s what you need to know about the Shadow of the Colossus remake. See also: Best upcoming games 2017.[1]

When is Shadow of the Colossus remake coming out?

Shadow of the Colossus remake release date: 2018 (TBC)

Like a lot of games announced at E3 2017[2], there’s no set release date for the game and all we know at the moment is that it will launch in early 2018.

How much will Shadow of the Colossus remake cost?

Despite not arriving until next year, you can already pre-order the game on Amazon[3] for ?49.99. You can also pre-order at GAME[4] for the same price.

Will Shadow of the Colossus remake launch on PS4 and PC?

The remake of the classic game was announced during Sony’s press conference at the huge gaming convention and since it was originally a PlayStation game, it’s no surprise that Shadow of the Colossus remake will launch on PS4[5].

There are a lot of gamers out there wondering if it will arrive on PC, too, but sadly that’s not the case. Check out out list of the best PC games[6], though. Read about the interesting co-op only A Way Out[7].

Shadow of the Colossus remake gameplay and details

Sony hasn’t said much about the upcoming game but here’s what we know so far.

Rather than a sequel, this is a remastered version so the main difference is that the graphics have been updated to modern standards. The above trailer gives you a good idea of how far things have come since 2005 and the PS2 and the remake has an overhauled look and feel. Also read about Skull and Bones[8].

As you’d expect from remastered version, the elements of the original game are very much intact. So that includes colossi beasts, Wander and Argo the horse. Shadow of the Colossus is an exploration game like Zelda [9]but there are no dungeons or even characters to engage with.

There was an updated version of the game released on PS3 in 2011 but this will be a much bigger renovation. The Shadow of the Colossus remake is being developed by Japan Studio and Bluepoint Games, which worked on Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. The game was directed by Fumito Ueda, the developer behind The Last Guardian[10].

Shadow of the Colossus trailers

Below, you’ll find the gameplay trailer from Tokyo Game Show 2017.

As a side note, it was released in Japan as ‘Wander and the Colossus’.
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Following the TGS trailer reveal, Sony showcased a second trailer during its’ PGW 2017 announcement.

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References

  1. ^ Best upcoming games 2017 (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  2. ^ E3 2017 (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  3. ^ Amazon (amzn.to)
  4. ^ GAME (www.game.co.uk)
  5. ^ Best PS4 games (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  6. ^ best PC games (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  7. ^ A Way Out (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  8. ^ Skull and Bones (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  9. ^ Zelda: Breath of the Wild review (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  10. ^ The Last Guardian review (www.techadvisor.co.uk)