- Smile Unveils 0702 4G LTE Pack
Having pioneered the launch of 4G LTE technology among telecoms operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Smile Communications Nigeria limited has launched a new SIM proposition on the 0702SMIlLE 4G LTE range.
The broadband company also used the occasion of the launch to unveil its first brand ambassador, Steve Onu, popularly known as Yaw.
The product launch and unveiling of its brand ambassador, according to the firm, reaffirmed its commitment to innovation, value creation and service excellence.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of Smile Nigeria, Dr. Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi, stated that Smile Communications is Nigeria’s leading telecommunications network and service provider that is dedicated to providing high-quality, reliable, superfast broadband access, voice and SMS using the 4G LTE technology. He observed that Smile Nigeria had gone ahead to distinguish itself through innovation, value-creation and service excellence.
According to Azudialu-Obiejesi, “Smile Communications was the first to introduce 4G LTE technology in Nigeria, and has since then, redefined service quality and standard in the Nigerian telecommunication sector. Our goal was to make Nigerians get and gain more from telecommunication services. This inspired our deployment of the 4G LTE, which revolutionised the way Nigerians access the internet and communicate with families and friends, home and abroad”.
He stated that in just three years of operation, the company has acquired a reputation as an innovative organisation, and one devoted to greater appreciation of its customers. He enthused that insights gained from positive institutional orientation have helped in scaling up the company’s innovation and creativity. For instance, Smile Communications Limited provided a reliable connection for web surfing, online movie and music downloads, High Definition (HD) Video streaming and super clear voice calls at the lowest call rate across all networks, which hitherto was a challenge, he said.
As a customer focused company, Azudialu-Obiejesi explained that the company was always desirous to offer the best service at the most appropriate price.
“Smile Communications is the only telecommunications service provider in Nigeria that offers voice calls and SMS from one data plan. Our call rate is as low as 8kobo per second, on the SmileVoice only plan and lowest call rate when our customers make calls home from anywhere in the world. These propositions further reaffirm our status as a customer-centric organisation,” he noted.
To make the benefits of Smile’s industry-defining service reach a broader segment of the Nigerian population, Azudialu-Obiejesi disclosed that the company has commenced an aggressive network expansion drive which will see it cover all cities in a very short period thereby ensuring that more Nigerians will have access to Smile’s superfast and super reliable 4th Generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) broadband services.
The Managing Director, Smile Nigeria, Godfrey Efeurhobo, said the company had in the past, introduced a number of innovative voice and data services and is reinforcing its 0702 number range on the heels of its recent introduction of the lowest call tariff that allows its customers to make calls at 8kobo per second to any network from within and outside the country at the same rate, using SmileVoice App on any smartphone, and its 4G LTE SIM on boice over LTE compatible handset.
Efeurhobo reaffirmed that Smile offers the best value proposition and experience to customers in Nigeria. He stated that there were multiple benefits of using a Smile 4G LTE SIM in a compartible LTE device. The Nigerian consumers, he stated, will enjoy superclear voice calls on Smile network at lowest call rates in the market and also enjoy superfast internet experience such as video/music streaming/downloads and SMSs, all using one Smile bundle plan, which is a first in the market.
On the unveiling of Steve Onu alias Yaw, Efeurhobo avowed that the choice of Yaw, a versatile Radio/TV personality, as brand ambassador for Smile Nigeria is coherent with Smile’s values for innovation, creativity, versatility and values of reliability, respect and service.
He contended that the new brand-positioning proposition accentuates Smile’s quest to expand its scope of operations, provide its customers with unrivaled quality service and contribute meaningfully to the growth and development of mobile broadband penetration in Nigeria. He also added that Smile remains the only telecom provider that allowed voice calls and sms from one data plan and the benefits include calls as low as 8k/sec to all networks on the SmileVoice Only Plan, this gives Smile the unique positioning of offering bespoke and affordable propositions for Nigerians. The company has presence in eight key Nigerian cities, which include Ibadan, Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Benin-City, Kaduna, Asaba and Onitsha.
Global Gaming PC Sales Revenue to Hit $39.2bn in 2020, a 60% Jump in Five Years
Revenue of Global PC Games Jumps 60% in Five Years
The video games industry is one of a few sectors that have been booming in 2020, with millions of people spending more time indoors and online amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The increasing number of people choosing video games as their main at-home entertainment led to a significant jump in the sales of gaming equipment.
According to data presented by Safe BettingSites, global gaming PC sales revenue is expected to hit $39.2bn in 2020, a 60% jump in five years.
High-end Gaming PCs Account for Almost 50% of Global Sales
In 2015, the global gaming PC market hit $24.6bn in revenue, revealed the Jon Peddie Research data. High-end PC sales accounted for 45% of that value, followed by mid-range and entry-level gaming PCs with 30% and 25% market share, respectively.
During the next twelve months, the global gaming PC sales revenue jumped almost 23% to $30.2bn and continued growing ever since.
High-end gaming computers still represent the largest revenue stream of the global gaming PC market, expected to generate $18.5bn profit or 47% of total revenue in 2020.
Mid-range gaming PC sales is forecast to reach 34% market share this year, a 4% increase since 2015, and generate $13.4bn in revenue.
The revenue of the entry-level gaming computer segment is expected to jump 21.7% year-on-year to $7.3bn in 2020.
The Jon Peddie Research data also revealed that mid-range gaming PCs witnessed the most significant sales revenue growth, 76% between 2015 and 2020. High-end gaming computers follow, with a 72% revenue increase in that period.
Gaming PC Sales in EMEA Countries to Continue Booming in H2 2020
The growing number of people spending more time indoors and online amid the coronavirus lockdown caused a surge in sales of gaming PCs and laptops in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, revealed the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Gaming Tracker data.
In the second quarter of 2020, the EMEA countries hit 2 million units sold, a 33% jump year-on-year. The increasing trend is set to continue in the third and fourth quarter of the year, resulting in 16.4% YoY growth and 8.2 million sold units for the full year 2020.
Gaming PCs are expected to account for over 36% of that figure, with nearly 3 million units sold by the end of the year. Statistics show that gaming laptops are set to rise to 5.23 million units sold in 2020, or 64% of the total unit shipment in the EMEA countries this year.
Dell Partners Other Firms to Establish Tech Centre in Nigeria
Dell, Other Tech Firms Partner to Establish Tech Centre in Nigeria
Dell Technologies said it has partnered other global tech giants to establish Tech Experience Centre that will bridge the gap to technologies for millions of people in Nigeria.
Dell Technologies Director, Central and West Africa, Nicholas Travers, in a statement, said the project expected to be launched on October 1, would help cut costs, reduce capital flight and boost technology adoption in the country.
Travers lauded TD Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa’s foremost tech, lifestyle and solutions distributor, for the landmark initiative.
“We believe the Tech Experience Centre will help reduce the decision making cycle and save huge costs and time of traveling to locations outside our continent to visit and experience these technologies at work.
“This is a fantastic initiative by TD Africa, perhaps the first of its kind in the region and we are proud to be part of it,” he said.
According to him, the project will go a long way in helping Dell Technologies showcase its suite of cutting-edge technologies.
“The launch of the Experience Centre will support the growth of technology in Nigeria and the West African region.
“Also, it provides a fantastic platform for Dell Technologies to showcase the very many technologies we offer,” Travers said.
Newly Founded Cybersecurity Startups Raise Over $31m in 2020
Cybersecurity Startups Raise Over $31m in 2020
According to data presented by the Atlas VPN team, there are 78 new cybersecurity companies founded in 2020 that cumulatively have raised over $31.6 million in funding year-to-date.
Only 15% of cybersecurity startups launched in 2020 secured funding. However, three companies alone collected nearly 96% ($30.3 million) of the total amount of investments.
The startup that scored the most significant investment is Beyond. It secured a total of $21 million in February of 2020, which accounts for more than 66% of total investments into newly launched cybersecurity startups this year.
A cybersecurity company with the second biggest investment is Sevco Security, which raised over $6.7 million in May of 2020.
Also, in the list of top three cybersecurity startups in terms of funding is Soc.OS. It received more than $2.5 million in investments in July this year.
Most of this year’s cybersecurity companies are from North America or particularly the US. They make up nearly 35% (27) of all the cybersecurity startups launched in 2020.
A number of new cybersecurity startups is shrinking each year
While the amount of cyber incidents is increasing and cyberattacks are becoming more sophisticated, the number of new cybersecurity startups is declining each year.
Historical data shows that in 2015 there were 490 cybersecurity companies launched. Together the startups raised over $3.1 billion in investments.
The year of 2016 saw a slightly smaller number of new cybersecurity companies. The launch of new startups in the cybersecurity field decreased by 0.8%, with 486 startups launched that year. The total amount of funding allocated to those startups, however, dropped in half, from $3.1 billion to $1.6 billion.
In 2017 the number of new cybersecurity startups plummeted again by 0.8%. There were 482 cybersecurity companies founded that year, which raised more than $1.3 billion in total — 17% less than in 2016.
The number of new cybersecurity startups dropped by more than a fifth in 2018 compared to the year before. A total of 382 cybersecurity companies were launched that year, which collected over $847 million in investments. The amount of funds invested in the cybersecurity startups also dropped by 35% compared to 2017.
Last year saw a 46% decrease in the launch of new cybersecurity startups. There were 207 these types of companies founded. Together they raised close to $229.5 million in investments — 73% less than the year before.
Finally, this year’s cybersecurity market has welcomed 78 newcomers — the number has shrunk by 62% compared to last year. However, 2020 is not over yet; hence we can expect the numbers of cybersecurity companies to increase slightly.
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