- Telcos Urged to Boost Broadband Capacity in Hinterlands
Worried about the limited broadband capacities in the hinterlands, which has been attributed to high cost of broadband services in cities that are located outside the shores of the country, the Chief Executive Officer of VDT Communications, Mr. Biodun Omoniyi has asked telecommunications operators (Telcos) to pull resources together to enhance the trunk capacities of broadband connectivity from the shores of the country to the hinterlands.
Omoniyi who spoke in one of the panel sessions during the launch of Insurance Market online platform, at the eInsurance Conference organised by Pinet Informatics in Lagos recently, decried paucity of broadband capacities in the cities, which he said, had led to high cost of broadband services rendered by telecommunications operators in the country, even though the country has excess broadband capacities at the shores.
He the excess capacities were provided through the landing of broadband submarine cables at the shores of the country from Europe by MainOne, Glo 1, MTN WACS, and SAT-3.
Omoniyi who blamed the paucity of broadband capacity in the hinterlands on lack of coordinated efforts by the telecommunications operators to build a national backbone of broadband capacity from the shores to the hinterlands, called on telecommunications operators to form a synergy that would enhance the trunk capacities of broadband connectivity to cities outside the shores of the county.
According to him, once this is achieved, it would not only reduce cost of broadband services in the country, but would also boost broadband connectivity for all players in the insurance industry, whom he said, were willing to embrace technology to further grow the insurance sector and the newly launched Insurance Market online platform.
“Insurance is a key sector to economic growth but it’s market penetration is still very low in Nigeria. The sector needs technology and broadband connectivity to deepen penetration and this can only be achieved if the telcos provide ubiquitous broadband and expand their 4G LTE technology for players in the insurance sector to key into,” Omoniyi said.
Speaking on how the insurance sector could access the Internet, Omoniyi said there must be sufficient and affordable wireless technology like the 4G LTE technology across the country.
He said VDT, one of the sponsors of the eInsurance Conference, has been servicing over 80 per cent of insurance companies in the area of broadband connectivity. He promised quality service, while insisting on sufficient and affordable broadband cost.
The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, who delivered a keynote address at the eInsurance forum, said there were policies offered by most insurance companies and the rising number of customers and policy holders makes it difficult for most insurance companies to operate effectively and efficiently without the adoption and use of information and communications technologies (ICTs).
Pantami who was represented by the Deputy Director, Corporate Strategy and Research at NITDA, Dr. Idris Mohammed Yeluwa, said; “There are number of ways that ICTs can be integrated into the insurance process, especially in the area of big data analytics, which is about analysing vast amounts of data in order to identify patterns, trends and other business information that can help decision makers to make informed decisions.”
The Managing Director, Pinet Informatics, Lanre Ajayi said the essence of the launch of Insurance Market place, was to provide an online platform, where insurance companies could set up micro websites on the online platform for enhanced transaction between vendors and buyers of insurance policies.
Amazon Generates over $800,000 in Revenue per Minute, a 44% Increase in a Year
Online retail giant Amazon is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the coronavirus pandemic due to the high demand for online shopping. Consequently, the company has registered a staggering amount in revenue per minute.
Data acquired and calculated by Finbold indicates that the eCommerce firm generated $837,350 in revenue per minute for Q1 2021, representing a growth of 44.04% from the $582,200 recorded during the same period in 2020.
Among seven selected top tech companies, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) recorded the second-highest revenue per minute at $691,200, a drop of 1.96% from Q1 2020s $708,300. Google’s parent company Alphabet revenue per minute stands at $351,850, a 10.86% growth from last year’s $317,600.
As of Q1 2021, Microsoft revenue per minute was $321,840 an increase of 24.32% from $255,400 recorded during a similar period in 2020. Social media platform Facebook revenue per minute grew by 44.99% from Q1 2020s $20,193 to $136,900 for this year’s first quarter.
Elsewhere, electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla’s (NASDAQ: TSLA) revenue was $80,170 as of Q1 2021, to represent a growth of 71.42% from Q1 2020s $46,200. Lastly, streaming giant Netflix’s Q1 2021 revenue per minute was $55,250 a growth of 33.33% from last year’s $44,500.
Digital shift spurs growth in revenue per minutes
The report explains how the seven selected companies benefited from the coronavirus pandemic to record the high revenue per minute. According to the research report:
“The revenue for the companies shows the gains made during the coronavirus pandemic. The health crisis pushed more activities online and these companies were well-positioned to benefit as they sold services people needed. Big tech firms have earned a reputation of being in the right place at the right time. Notably, the pandemic accelerated digital transformation in education, health care, remote work, and e-commerce, boosting the companies profitability.”
With the tech companies dominating, questions on the market monopoly are still lingering.
Amazon Web Services Quarterly Revenue Jumped by 32% YoY to $13.5B
As one of Amazon’s strongest-growing business segments, Amazon Web Services witnessed a surge in revenue in the last year.
According to data presented by BuyShares, AWS generated cloud computing and hosting revenues of around $13.5bn in the first quarter of 2021, a 32% jump year-on-year.
AWS Annual Revenue Rose by 30% YoY Amid Pandemic
One of the most used ways for companies to utilize cloud computing is to take advantage of the various “as-a-service” options. These services provide business organizations with access to computing power, software, and other cloud-related functions without the need for in-house hardware.
Although cloud computing revenues had been increasing significantly even before the pandemic, the COVID-19 accelerated the growth of the entire sector as companies across the globe started searching for a way to secure business continuity amid the lockdown.
As the market leader, AWS had a tremendous role in that growth. In the first quarter of 2019, AWS quarterly revenue amounted to nearly $7.7bn, revealed the Amazon financial report. Over the next twelve months, this figure jumped by 33% YoY to $10.2bn in Q1 2020. Statistics show that AWS quarterly revenue continued growing throughout 2020 and hit $12.7bn in the last quarter of the year.
This figure increased by another $758 million in the next three months, with quarterly revenue rising to $13.5bn in the first quarter of 2021.
Statistics also show that AWS annual revenue jumped by 30% amid the pandemic, rising from $35bn in 2019 to $45.3bn in 2020.
80% of Business Organizations Use Amazon Web Services in 2021
According to the 2021 Flexera State of the Cloud Report, 50% of technical professionals from industries worldwide stated their organization was running a significant workload on Amazon Web Service. Another 30% said they were using AWS apps to some extent, while 13% were either experimenting or planning to utilize them in 2021.
Microsoft’s Azure ranked as the second most popular cloud platform service, with 76% of respondents running its applications. Google Cloud and Oracle Infrastructure Cloud followed, with 49% and 32% share of respondents, respectively.
Mauritanian Bank for International Trade Launches Digital Bank, Masrvi, Powered by TagPay
The Mauritanian Bank for International Trade (BMCI) has partnered with TagPay to roll out its digital bank Masrvi, aimed at providing digital, value-added financial services to its customers.
Powered by TagPay, Masrvi was launched at the end of April and responds to Mauritanians’ banking needs by providing secure and accessible banking services, across the country through mobile networks, whilst offering convenience. Masrvi enables BMCI to provide its customers with secure, simple, fast, and easy-to-access banking products and services that can be tailored to their needs, all with a convenience that traditional banks cannot match.
Moulay Abbas, President of BMCI says: “By leveraging TagPay’s next-generation Core Banking System and their teams’ project expertise, we were able to launch our digital bank, Masrvi, in record time. Within a month of launching, we have a network of 52 branches and more than 200 partner-businesses that accept Masrvi and the numbers continue to grow. Thanks to the proven robustness, agility, and short time-to-market of this solution, we will be able to rapidly grow our customers. This will help strengthen Masrvi’s product line and enable us to offer a full range of banking and financial products in the very short term.”
Commenting on the successful launch of Masrvi, Yves Eonnet, CEO of TagPay said: “By using TagPay’s next-generation Core Banking System, the Masrvi solution is leveraging an innovative and intuitive technology platform that offers a full range of banking functions. Thanks to its open architecture, flexibility, and scalability, the solution will allow the rollout or update of features the digital bank wishes to market. Certainly, Masrvi will promote financial inclusion and integration in Mauritania.”
Anyone with a cell phone, regardless of their wireless carrier, can download the Masrvi application. This enables them to open a digital bank account and conduct several types of transactions such as withdrawing, depositing, and transferring money, paying bills and retailers, and recharging phone credit.
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