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Smile Nigeria Ignites Ember Months Bliss With Triple Offer

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To set the tone for very blissful 2020 ember months, Smile Nigeria is providing its customers with an integrated triple offer that will ensure that consumers will not only stay connected, no matter where they are, but they will also enjoy extra data.

Ember months (September to December) are renowned for the trade incentives or loyalty programmes that caring companies offer loyal customers and discerning consumers during the period.

Smile Nigeria, sets itself apart by constantly providing its customers with value through innovation and provision of SuperFast internet services that keep its customers always connected to the internet.

The company said in a statement Thursday morning that in the latest triple offer, the three separate but organically related Offers are two Router Offers and a SmileKonnect Roaming Offer.

The first Router Offer gives consumers 160GB with a new SmileRouter at only N25,000 valid for 30 days.

“When the offer is activated, customers get 100GB on activation and 60GB BONUS data split into 10GB monthly for 6 months, upon recharge of a minimum of a N6, 000.00 plan.

“The BONUS data is valid for 30 days. Every customer will enjoy FREE unlimited on-net calls and SMSs, and 10 minutes off-net calls.

“The second Router Offer gives consumers a very robust AlwaysON Internet service with SmileRouter at only N35, 000.

“AlwaysON Internet is valid for 30 days and comes with 4GB daily usage at up to 3Mbps speed. Customers will also enjoy FREE unlimited on-net calls and SMSs, and 10 minutes off-net calls,” the company further disclosed.

DigtalTimesNG understands that a new roaming offer, SmileKonnect is also available for frequent travellers.

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With this offer, customers will get a new SmileKonnect device with 1GB FREE international roaming data plus 30 days AlwaysON local Internet which comes with 4GB daily usage and data speed of up to 3Mbps at only N25, 000.

This offer also includes FREE unlimited on-net calls and SMSs, and 10 minutes off-net.

Analysts say this is the perfect device for local and international SuperFast internet access. With it, customers are assured worry-free roaming in more than 80 countries around the globe.

“The SmileKonnect device features include 2.4GZ IEEE802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, which connects up to 5 devices using Wi-Fi, with up to 15 hours of battery life on 3900mAh.

“It guarantees absolute convenience with local and international roaming plus the fact that there is no changing of SIM card required,” the statement added.

 

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Smile Offers Customers Free Streaming Data

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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 CasinosEnLigne.com, 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 cable.co.uk, 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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