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Fiam WiFi Debuts In Nigeria, Pledges To Provide Affordable Internet Everywhere



Cross section of internet users at the launch of Fiam WiFi in Lagos

Fiam WiFi, one of Nigeria’s newest telecommunication companies, is set to provide affordable internet services for all, via hotspots, with deep concentration to high density lower income areas and rural communities.

Fiam WiFi was licensed by the Nigerian Communications Commission in 2018 after meeting the basic requirements.

Experts believe technology advancements over the last five years have made deploying and maintaining public Wi-Fi networks easier and less expensive than mobile and LTE operators’ networks.

But Akin Marinho, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Fiam WiFi, said in a statement made available to DigitalTimesNG that the emerging telecoms giant is equipped with the best and latest facilities along with its team of experts and professionals set to provide the best uninterrupted and cheapest internet services for all.

“No doubt, with our formidable tech team, Fiam WiFi is deliberately established and is out to resolve hitches impeding usage of internet in Nigeria,” he said.

Marinho, according to the statement, further disclosed that after its historical launch in Ajegunle, Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area of Lagos State, the team has painstakingly put together roadmap for its roll out plans in phases.

According to him, Amuwo Odofin, Alimosho and Apapa will be covered during phase one, while Surulere, Lagos Mainland, Oshodi and Isolo are billed for the second phase.

Shomolu, Mushin, Kosofe, Ikeja and Agege are scheduled for the third phase and Ifako Ijaye, Lagos Island, Badagry, Ikorudu and Ojo will be added in the fourth phase of its roll out plan.

“As part of our goal to make internet usage accessible to all, the Fiam WiFi team has been in discussion with a number of state Governments to offer state-wide internet by creating a hybrid network using different technologies.

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“We also engage in other related services which include provision of enterprise solutions to multi-tenant buildings and corporate clients. And we are also in advanced discussions with a number of educational institutions to provide campus wide coverage,” he noted.

On the emerging telecoms giants’ consistence in the market, Marinho explained that Fiam WiFi network is strategically built to hold concurrent users of about 10% of the population of every designated community/area with provision of a dedicated amount of bandwidth to accommodate respective sizes.

“This is in addition to our community-driven policy via the company’s members of customer engagement and maintenance teams who will be sourced from all communities of our coverage areas,” he said.

While disclosing the company’s plans to compete in the tough and highly competitive market of internet providers, Marinho revealed that Fiam WiFi’s pricing is its unique selling point adding that the pricing is targeted at making low income earners have access to fast and reliable internet services at affordable price.

He said that Fiam WiFi’s unique selling point comes with unbelievable cheapest and affordable subscription plans for the average Nigerian who earns the proposed minimum wage per month and low income earners who make up the majority of Nigerians.

“The data pricing is simple clear and transparent and starts at N400/1GB at 40 kobo per mb. In addition, the data prices come with one simple condition – no validity or expiration period, unlike other providers where subscribers, for instance, may get 100mb with a day or specific time validity period – Fiam WiFi do not restrict usage period of data subscription.

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“A fast affordable and reliable Internet service should be for everyone and not restricted to higher income earners or to highbrow areas,” he noted.

Marinho further pointed out that expanding broadband access in every country is key to accelerating progress towards the goals of ensuring that everyone – wherever they live, and whatever their circumstances – has access to the benefits of broadband.

“A solution to this imbalance of supply and demand is to create Wi-Fi hotspots that are reliable, easy to install and above all, affordable to the masses.

“Fiam WiFi’s ambition is to create access to high speed internet for all irrespective of ethnicity, class, gender and age. It intends to drive down this digital inequality and ensure that Nigeria’s young and growing population is ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” he expounded.

Netzplan Resources Ltd trading as Fiam WiFi is a Lagos based startup, revolutionizing the Wi-Fi market.

Founded in Nigeria in 2018, the company’s express objective is to provide fast, affordable and reliable mass market connectivity by building public WiFi hotspots in high density lower income areas.

Fiam WiFi’s ambition is to create access to high speed internet for all irrespective of ethnicity, class, gender and age.

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Smile Offers Customers Free Streaming Data



Smile Communications, Nigeria’s foremost and leading mobile broadband provider has introduced a new offer to its teeming customers.

The new offer allows for FREE Streaming data for consumers to stream their favourite content on YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video absolutely FREE.

Abdul Hafeez, Chief Marketing Officer, Smile Nigeria, said of the offer, “We are giving our customers so much more when they purchase any of our select Bigga plans with FREE streaming data, so they can have fun engaging with their favourite entertainment and social media services for longer.”

All Smile customers who recharge a Bigga plan, from 1.5GB to 20GB, priced from N1,000 to N5,000, will get an additional 3GB to 5GB FREE streaming data to use between 11 pm and 6 am on YouTube, Netflix, and Prime Video.

Smile said in a statement that with this offer, consumers get access to FREE Youtube, FREE Netflix, and FREE Amazon prime video when they subscribe to any of the select Bigga plans from Smile.

“We are still a consumer-centric organisation that understands the huge financial responsibilities associated peculiarly with the first quarter globally and want to cushion these effects with extra value for our consumers while encouraging other Nigerians to get on the Smile network to enjoy this and many other goodies from Smile,” Hafeez concluded.

Smile communications led in voice call acquisitions in the past year and are poised to enter new markets, as well as deliver several firsts within the telecommunications operating space as the year progresses.

Industry watchers are of the opinion that Smile is a brand to look out for in 2023.

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Buhari Expresses Delight Over Unveiling Of Starlink In Nigeria



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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed delight over the unveiling of Elon Musk-owned SpaceX’s broadband service Starlink in Nigeria.

The President noted that with the commencement of Starlink’s operations in Nigeria, the country now has 100 per cent broadband penetration, adding that Nigeria is the first and only African country so far to enjoy Starlink rollout.

The President’s position was contained in a post tweeted to his verified Twitter page Thursday night.

“We are delighted that Starlink services have been deployed in Nigeria, making us the first African country — and the only one so far — to enjoy this rollout. With this deployment of Starlink, we now have 100 per cent broadband penetration in Nigeria,” Buhari said.

Recall that SpaceX confirmed the deployment of Starlink in Nigeria in a tweet on Monday, stating that Nigeria was the first African country to enjoy its services.

It tweeted, “Starlink is now available in Nigeria – the first African country to receive service.”

Starlink seeks to deliver a global broadband network, using a constellation of Low Earth Orbit to provide high-speed internet coverage with the capacity to penetrate rural and geographically isolated areas.

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Israel, Italy Record Lowest Mobile Internet Costs

Mobile internet traffic almost doubled in the last eight years, and today, more than 60% of all website traffic comes from people using mobile devices. But, as the global mobile data coverage gap continues to narrow, the price gap remains wide.

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According to data presented by, Israel and Italy have the cheapest mobile internet in the world, while Japan, the US, and Switzerland are among the most expensive countries globally.

Many of the cheapest countries have excellent mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure, which allows providers to offer large amounts of data at reasonable prices, reports ITOnline.

In some countries, economic outlooks also dictate the price, which has to remain low so people can afford it.

According to data from the UK-based price comparison website, which analysed almost 5 300 mobile data plans across 233 countries, Israel has by far the cheapest mobile internet, with one gigabyte of data costing an average of $0.04 in 2022.

Italy placed second in the global ranking, with a low cost of $0.12 per 1GB. India, France, China, and Spain follow, with $0.17, $0.23, $0.41, and $0.60, respectively.

Although six times more expensive than Italy and almost 20 times more than Israel, the United Kingdom ranked somewhere in the middle of this chart with a cost of $0.79 per 1GB.

On the other hand, Japan, the US, and Switzerland have some of the costliest plans among developed countries.

For instance, 1GB of mobile data in the US costs an average of $5.62, which is seven times more than in the UK, 13 times more than in China, and 46 times more expensive than the average cost in Italy.

The price difference in Switzerland is even worse, with the average cost of mobile data being 61 times larger than in Italy and nine times the UK average cost.

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Japanese mobile data plans are also much more expensive than in other countries. Last year, 1GB of mobile data in the country cost an average of $3.85, nine times the price the Chinese paid and 16 times the average cost in France.

Regionally, North America is the most expensive overall, with an average cost of $4.98 per GB, way above the global average of $3.12. Statistics show Canada is the most expensive country in the region, with a cost of $5.94, followed by the US.

The average cost of mobile internet in Western Europe was far below these figures. Last year, Europeans paid an average of $2.72 per 1G of mobile data, or 45% less than in North America and 12% less than the global average.

That is still far more expensive than the price seen in Asia, which had an average cost of only $1.47 in 2022.

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