- Skyroam, Smile Telecoms Partner on Mobile Data Service
Smile Telecoms has announced that it has formally entered into partnership with Skyroam Simo. The partnership is expected to enable more Africa mobile users to seamlessly connect to 4GLTE mobile network with improved coverage, faster speed, and more flexible plans.
Explaining what informed the partnership, Smile’s Group CEO, Ahmad Farroukh, said: “Smile is a leading 4GLTE carrier in Africa and we are always open to new and innovative technologies to bring continued value add and benefits to our users. Our partnership with Skyroam SIMO will leverage its leading position in global virtual sim platform and together bring the best service and value to our pan-African users.”
“The Simo App emerges at the right time to bring access and affordability to mobile data for millions of Africans struggling today with expensive internet prices that keep them out of the market entirely. Skyroam SIMO and its unique Virtual-eSIM technology can deliver seamless 4G data connection to any user automatically switch to the best 4G network nearby, ensuring the best reliability and speed,” Farroukh said.
“In addition to that, Skyroam Simo helps carriers to develop their market at nearly zero cost by improving the efficiency of acquiring new customers, to ease the hassle of traditional sales channels, and to drive more value by improving the relationship with their customers. The partnership will enable more Smile users to leverage Skyroam’s platform of over 135 countries and 200 mobile networks with best coverage and speed, is a big leap forward amongst Africa operators,”Farroukh further said.
Founder and CEO of Skyroam, Jing Liu, disclosed that “Skyroam Simo would work with Smile Telecom to bring explosive growth in mobile data usage. We will continue to innovate together with leading partners around the world to meet the demands of users where mobile data is becoming a must-have that impact our daily lives.”
The partnership also gives international customers from various countries in the world who use Skyroam devices, the opportunity to roam on Smile 4GLTE network in all countries where Smile has presence.
“While most mobile phone brands in the market are trying to solve this core problem through complicated dual SIM dual standby technology, Skyroam SIMO was developed on the belief that the best solution is through simplicity and strong partnerships,”Liu further said.
EndSARS: Feminist Coalition Raises Over N77m Within Seven Days
Feminist Coalition Receives Over N77 Million in Donations in Seven Days
Feminist Coalition, one of the not-for-profit organisations, leading the #EndSARS campaign has raised over N77 million within seven days.
The group said the funds were raised “through the generosity of well-meaning people and concerned Nigerians who want their voices to be heard and their demands to be met.”
The funds were raised to support Nigerian youths protesting against police brutality and extrajudicial killings by men of the now-dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.
Feminist Coalition, whose objectives include “fighting injustice through peaceful protests, fundraising, and social media organisation” disclosed this in a statement on Thursday titled, ‘Progress Report – October 15th, 2020’.
The statement released by the group partly read “Over the past week, there has been a peaceful uprising by the Nigerian youth, demanding for the disbandment of the notorious SARS unit, and the end to police brutality and an unjust judicial system.
“Like everyone else, we decided to play our part and help fight the injustice through fundraising in order to sustain the peaceful protests and ensure the safety of Nigerians exercising their civic rights – by providing food, water and other refreshments, masks, medical aid, and legal aid for protesters.
“We have raised a total sum of: NGN 62,643,663.05; USD 11,474.34 (N4.3m), CAD 5,595.89 (N1.6m), GBP 5,733.49 (N2.8m), EUR 875.42 (N390,225), GHS 1,256.70 (N81,823), KES 53,016.60 (183,656) and BTC 1.28827988 (N5.5m).
“With these funds, we have supported 100 peaceful protests in 25 states, paid NGN 759,080 in medical bills for injured protesters, donated NGN 400,000 to the families of victims murdered by police officers while protesting peacefully, paid NGN 500,000 in legal aid and spent N 11,367,500 on supplies including food, water, mask among other things for the peaceful protesters.”
European Football Clubs Spent €3.3bn on New Transfer Deals, 40% less than in 2019
Football Clubs in Europe Spent €3.3bn on New Transfer Deals
The year 2019 has witnessed a record value of football transfer deals, with clubs in Europe’s “Big five” leagues spending €5.5bn, €900m more than the 2018 summer transfer window.
However, with far less money available to football clubs and a steep drop in footballers’ value, the coronavirus outbreak triggered a sharp fall both in the volume of transactions and transfer fees.
According to data presented by SafeBetting Sites, the combined value of 1,381 transfer deals completed in the 2020 summer transfer window hit €3.3bn value, a 40% plunge year-over-year.
Premier League Clubs Completed €1.6bn Worth of Deals, 48% of Total Deal Value this Season
As the leading European football league in terms of revenue and brand value, the Premier League also tops the list of completed transfers deals in season 2020/2021. During the 2020 summer transfer window, Premier League’s clubs spent a total of €1.6bn on acquiring players, almost 50% of total transfer deal value this season, revealed the TransferMarkt and The Guardian data. Statistics show that Kai Havertz’s €80 million worth transfer from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea represents the most valuable deal in Premier League and Europe in the 2020/2021 season.
With €882.3 million spent on 353 transfer deals, Italy’s Serie A ranked as the second-leading football league in Europe. On September 1st, a former Lille player Victor Osimhen signed a five-year contract for SSC Napoli with a transfer fee of €70 million, the most valuable deal in Serie A this season, and the third-largest in Europe. Statistics also show the market value of the 21-year old center-forward player jumped by €10 million in 2020, growing from €30 million in December 2019 to €40 million in August.
Spanish La Liga ranked third among the European football leagues, with its clubs spending €807.1 million on 256 transfers. The TransferMarkt data revealed that Arthur Melo’s €72 million worth transfer from Barcelona to Juventus represents the most valuable deal in Spain this season and the second-most valuable in Europe.
Top Three Football Transfers hit €222 Million Value
The Guardian and TransferMarkt data revealed that football clubs competing in the French Ligue 1 spent a total of €736.9 million on 323 transfer deals at the start of the new season, ranking in the fourth place among the “Big five” European leagues. Bundesliga clubs follow, with €600.7 million worth of transfer deals, respectively.
In 2019, the combined value of the three most valuable football transfers amounted to €323 million. Joao Felix’s €126 million worth transfer from Benfica to Atletico Madrid represented the biggest deal last year. Antoine Griezmann’s transfer from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona and Eden Hazard’s transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid followed, with €120m a €100m value, respectively.
Statistics indicate the combined value of the top three football transfers in the season 2020/2021 hit €222 million, 31% less compared to last year’s three most valuable deals.
Antetokounmpo Celebrates Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA Win With Nigerian Flag
Kostas Antetokounmpo Celebrates With Nigerian Flag
Kostas Ndubuisi Antetokounmpo, one of the Antetokounmpo brothers that play with the Los Angeles Lakers, on Sunday celebrated his team NBA win over Miami Heat with a Nigerian flag, alongside Greek’s flag, his country of birth.
Lakers won with 106 to 93 in game 6 to defeat Miami Heat 4 to 2.
A break down of the scoreboard shows Miami Heat scored 20 in the first quarter while Los Angeles Lakers edged with 28. This was followed by 36 in the second quarter as Lebron James continues to drive the entire Lakers team with both power and unstoppable intensity. The heat managed to score 16 in the quarter.
In the third quarter, Miami Heat pushed to even the quarter scoreline with 22 to 23 by Lakers. However, the team managed to up it in the final quarter by outscoring Lakers with 35 to 19 to close the game at 93 to 106.
Kostas Ndubuisi Antetokounmpo joined the Lakers on a two-way contract with the South Bay Lakers of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the Dayton Flyers before he was drafted 60th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2018 NBA draft. Philadelphia then traded his draft rights to the Dallas Mavericks before he joined the Lakers on July 13, 2018.
He made his NBA debut on March 20, 2019 against Portland Trail Blazers. Kostas is the first of his three brothers, Giannis, Thanasis and Alex, to play in the NBA finals and win a Championship.
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