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Mobile Subscribers Shrink As MTN Loses One Million Users

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The number of active subscribers to mobile services in Nigeria has reduced by 348,778 in February 2019, latest monthly subscribers’ data obtained from the Nigerian Communications Commission indicated.

The statistics further showed that out of all the mobile network providers, MTN lost 1.09 million subscribers in the month of February while other providers gained new subscribers.

In January, the four mobile network operators had a total of 174,012,136 active users, which reduced by 0.2 per cent to 173,670,035 as of the end of February.

Further analysis of the data indicated that Globacom gained 400,879 new subscribers; Airtel added 4,559 new users to its network; and 9mobile’s subscribers increased by 345,264.

According to NCC data, MTN remains the largest mobile network provider in the country by number of subscribers, owning 37.83 per cent market share, it is followed by Globacom with 6.54 per cent market share.

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Airtel is the third largest with 25.95 per cent market share and 9mobile holds 9.65 per cent market share.

Meanwhile, the number of Internet users on mobile devices increased by 850,153 in February 2019, with MTN adding the highest number of subscribers of about 607,462.

A breakdown of the data showed that Globacom and 9mobile lost 114,268 and 74,031 Internet users, respectively. Airtel on the other hand added 430,990 new Internet users to its network.

The Executive Vice-Chairman, NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, recently said the growth in data subscribers was an indication of the increasing demand for reliable connectivity to drive socio-economic activities.

“As the economy of Nigeria continues to look up and with pressures from global financial markets, and its position as a major commercial centre in the West African Region, the demand for reliable and modern telecommunications infrastructure is enormous. Telecommunications act as an enabler to drive socio-economic growth, developments and modernisation across all sectors of the economy,” the EVC said.

However, he noted that the lack of infrastructure as a result of multiple taxation and regulations was increasing the cost of deployment and affordability of the broadband services in the country.

As such, Danbatta said the commission was exploring the inherent opportunities in the use of High Altitude Platform Stations technologies.

He described HAPS as a viable cost-effective way to extend broadband network coverage by leveraging unmanned solar planes flying at high altitude and covering large areas.

The NCC boss said, “Current efforts at infrastructure build-out may be improving the services of those already served but not reaching those who are still unserved or underserved. This is due to difficult terrain which makes it technically challenging and economically unfeasible to deploy the terrestrial infrastructure necessary to deploy 5G, such as fibre and microwave backhaul technologies in suburban, rural and hard to reach areas.

“HAPS can be used to complement the ongoing rollout of fibre optic infrastructure to bridge the current connectivity gap and supplement broadband in underserved areas. HAPS can help support broadband availability and in turn, boost the country’s economy by ensuring increased connectivity across all business sectors.”

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BREAKING: Google Is Now A $1 Trillion Company

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Google has recorded a milestone achievement of $1 trillion, joining the likes of Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon.

The search engine company was able to achieve the feat on Thursday, after its parent company, Alphabet ended the day’s trading at $1,451.70 per share, up 0.87 percent.

With Thursday’s achievement, Google became the fourth S&P 500 component to top the lofty level. Business Insider reported that while Apple and Microsoft are still valued at more than $1 trillion, Amazon which was the second US firm to ever hit the $1 trillion level back in September 2018 has since fallen below the number.

This is the first time that three American companies are worth at least $1 trillion at the same time. The most valuable company on the planet is still the oil giant Saudi Aramco, who went public last month at a valuation of $2 trillion and is currently worth around $1.8 trillion.

Alphabet’s record market valuation came after a historic change in leadership at the company. Recall that Sundar Pichai became the CEO of both Google and Alphabet after co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced that they would step back from the company which they founded in 1998.

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Apple App Store Breaks Record, Earns $386m In A Single Day

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Apple has reportedly broken a record by earning $386m from its app store in one day.

The App Store revenue for 2019 was record breaking and so was the amount earned just between Christmas Eve and New Year. The app store racked in a sum total of $1.42 billion between Christmas and New Year Day alone.

This is a 20% increase from 2019. 2019 was a great year for Apple as it was the launch of the Apple TV+, News+ and Arcade. Combined with Apple Music and Apple Pay.

However, Apple did not indicate the exact numbers each service brought but noted that Apple TV app will be coming to LG, Sony and VIZIO smart TVs.

Apple paid developers $38B in 2019, a quarter of what they’ve earned since the App Store launched in 2008 which is $155B.

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Also Developers were paid $34B in 2018.

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BEWARE: Your BANK Account Could Be Emptied Without An Alert → SEE HOW!

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Dear All, Please let’s be very careful.. There is a new HIGH TECH FRAUD in town called the SIM SWAP FRAUD, and hundreds of persons are already VICTIMS.

How does it work?

  1. A new fraud called SIM SWAP has started. Your phone network will momentarily go blind / zero (No Signal / Zero Bars) and after a while a call will come through.
  2. The Person on the other end of the call will tell you that he is calling from (your cell phone company) depending on your network and that there is a problem in your mobile network.
  3. He will instruct you to Please press 1 on your phone to get the network back.

Please at this stage don’t Press anything, Just cut or END the call

If you press 1, the network will appear suddenly and almost immediately go blind again (Zero Bars) and by that action, your phone is #HACKED.

Within a second they will empty your bank account, thereby causing you untold damage.

– What you will experience –

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It will appear as though your line is without Network, meanwhile your SIM has been SWAPPED.
The danger here is that, you will not get any alert of any transactions, so please those of us doing USSD Banking and Mobile Banking BEWARE. Let’s be very careful.

Please, share this article to your contacts, loved ones and friends. The fraud is increasing day by day.

Message from: a Cybersecurity Group

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