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5 Ways to Maximise your Mobile Data Usage

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Detailed analysis of mobile data usage suggests that connectivity rates remain comparatively pricey in Nigeria.

According to the Research and Development Unit of Yudala, Nigeria’s pioneer online and offline e-commerce outfit, data has thus become a very critical commodity that must be efficiently maximized, especially in view of the tiered data plans currently used by service providers.

With the growing popularity of social media, we are in age of information overload; one in which content is not only king but also predominantly ubiquitous.

In addition to music streaming, watching videos online and other activities that drain your data, most smartphones are also loaded with tons of data-hungry apps.

If not checked, you might find your mobile data bills burning a huge hole in your expense sheet on a monthly basis. The following tips from Yudala will come in handy for maximizing data usage on your smartphone:

 

Monitor your data usage

Most users live in fear of exhausting their mobile data before the expiration date, but with the help of some useful apps, you can now monitor and limit the amount of data used. The best way to save data is to be aware of the activities or applications that drain your cellular data.  Most smartphones are equipped with data usage setting that enable you manage your data. Usually located in the Settings menu, you can set up alerts for when you exceed data usage for your most notoriously data-consuming apps.

 

Exercise caution with online video streaming

This is a known fact. But as much as we hate to admit it, the fun things consume most of your mobile data. Excessive streaming of videos, music, high quality images or GIF files, are things you need to avoid if you really want to maximize your internet usage. While we know these things are not entirely avoidable, there are some other ways to stay entertained responsibly. If you can’t avoid the entertainment your smartphone brings, you can set the quality at lower rates or decrease resolution in the settings menu of your smartphone.

 

Use Wi-Fi connection for updates or downloading heavy content

Wi-Fi is often regarded as a blessing by most smartphone users. While access to unlimited Wi-Fi connection is still rather limited in Nigeria, there are certain locations you can count on for free Wi-Fi. One of the most sensible ways of maximizing your mobile data usage is by setting up your smartphone for automatic updates only when on Wi-Fi connection. This way, you get to save some significant volume of the data drain that comes with auto-updates. Furthermore, downloads of heavy contents such as videos, high-resolution images and music files should also be done when on a secure Wi-Fi connection.

 

Restrict background data

Some applications use up a lot of data even when the phone is not in use.  This is a brilliant feature of the smartphone: allowing background data to keep the applications on your phone updated. However, not every app needs to stay active at all times. You can stop the constant update by going to your settings option to select the app you want restricted or simply disable background app refresh in your settings. This helps reduce data consumption and also preserves the battery life of your device.

 

Preload and Cache

Despite the anxiety over cellular data, developers have made things easy and included options that make smartphone apps less demanding. A very good example is a cache, a hardware or software component that stores data so future requests for that data can be served faster. The data stored in a cache might be the result of an earlier computation, or the duplicate of data stored elsewhere These days, certain apps allow you to store data temporarily so you can cache as much content as possible. Caching is enjoyable on a Wi-Fi network which enables you enjoy preloaded content at any time, without using your cellular data.

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Holla Taxi Allows Payment with USSD Code, Other Exciting Offers

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Holla App available on Google PlayStore

By peter oluka

Ease of payment is one of the reasons some Nigerians shun e-payment related platforms. Now, with the rise of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), payment has become even easier and on-the-go. That’s why, Holla Taxi, the new cab booking app, has delved into this space with a promise to allow USSD payments.

Holla Taxi, an on-demand hailing company uses it apps to connect riders with local cabs and private drivers in Nigeria, has made big intents for the market with a whole lot of ‘partner’ activation.

Holla Cab Services Limited is an Information Technology and Consultancy Firm that is fully mobilized and firmly positioned to provide up-to-date Information Technology Solution(s), Infrastructure and Financial Consultancy Services.

Holla Taxi is a fully indigenous company, with core competence in developing, implementing and supporting technology solutions.

Experience

The depth of professional experiences within the Group today spans in excess of 85 cognate years in the Sales, Management, Development and Support of IT solutions to diverse market segments of the Nigerian Economy.

Holla is relying on the experienced staff, with state of the art infrastructure, to deliver solutions of international standards and operational efficiency, starting with Lagos.

Strategic Partners

Holla prides itself as ‘Your Lifestyle Partners’. In keeping with the appreciation for quality and standards, and her genuine concern for the customers’ investments, Holla has established strategic alliances/partnership with leading industry solution providers of International repute to deliver best-of-breed and reliable solutions and services to the immediate market.

This derives from the appreciation for appropriate technology as a transparent driver for business processes with a view to delivering measurable benefits for the customer.

Hence the company’s Strategic Alliance Program – collaboration with some of the world’s leading technology owners.

Holla Lifestyle:

Digital Banking|Fintech:

Holla Digital pay has FinTech plugins and Agency Banking Platforms.

Holla Cards:

The cards options allow customers to pick from the range of Visa, MasterCard, Verve or UnionPay. Thus, Holla Payment platform accepts Visa, MasterCard, Verve, UnionPay.

Holla Mobile POS:

Holla Mobile Point of Sale (mPOS) will be available in all its cabs for ease of payments. This will be configured to work with the drivers phone.

Mobile Cash:

Holla Mobile cash is also another payment platform integrated in Holla Lifestyle. You can withdraw cash from any ATM without your ATM Card. Isn’t that cool!

Holla Mobile Order: Holla mobile order happens via mobile phone.

Holla PayCode:

Holla PayCode enables you take cash from any ATM without a card.

Holla USSD Payment Platform:

The digital platform will also receive and send money using the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD).

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Expert Urges National Assembly to Pass ‘Digital Rights’ Bill

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'Boye Adegoke, the program manager at Paradigm Initiative

By peter oluka

A digital rights advocate, ‘Boye Adegoke has called on the National Assembly to expedite actions on the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill that has been before the House of Representatives since 2016.

The bill has been moving clawing its way through legislative process since then and is now up for third reading.

Mr Adegoke, the program manager at Paradigm Initiative, made this call during a radio interview on the Saturday Morning Show with Adaora Okoli on Nigeria Info in Port Harcourt.

“The Digital Rights and Freedom Bill was drafted to protect the rights of Nigerians online and there is no better time to pass the bill than now to ensure that Nigerians are adequately protected by the law when making use of digital tools. The bill protects the rights of everyone who is online. In fact, those in power today might soon find themselves in need of the protections provided by the proposed law when they are out of power,” Adegoke said.

“Section 12 of the bill makes provision for data protection and ensures that those collecting citizens’ data are held accountable. While Nigeria currently lacks a data protection law, not less than six government agencies collect citizens’ biometric data. This is clearly not acceptable as citizens. Also, Nigerian citizens will have a right to know how data collected about them online will be used by organizations,” he added.

Adeboye also pointed out that the recent outcry on hate speech could be solved by the template provided by Section 15 of the Bill.

Adeboye called on citizens to reach out to their representatives at the House of Representatives “to ensure the bill is passed into law, and digital rights become protected rights”

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Data Centre Services Boom as Internet Servers Head Home

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The business of hosting of internet servers is witnessing a boost as organizations in the country have in recent times started relocating their servers from abroad.

 

Nigeria CommunicationsWeek investigations revealed that relocation of website servers by private organizations to Nigeria data centres has recorded some 15 percent increase over the past one year citing better understanding of connectivity, presence of international content players in Nigeria among others.

 

Reacting to the development, Muhammed Rudman, managing director, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), said the movement can be seen with the increase of business activities of Data centre operators as well as the springing up of new commercial Data centre operators who encourage their customers to host with them by charging on local currency.

 

“Big Data centre operators’ charges are based on dollars which means you are expected to pay the equivalent in naira, but, these new Data centre operators charge in naira without clause of reviewing with change in foreign exchange rate,” he added.

 

Rudman also attributed the increase in website server relocation as well as domiciling it locally to understanding of connectivity by organization. “This means that if an organization’s server is located in the country it allows for faster service.”

 

He commended the efforts of office of local content under National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), which have resulted in relocation of Federal government ministries and agencies to Galaxy Backbone. This, he said helps to keep local traffic local.

 

Ike Nnamani, managing director, Medallion Communications, a Data Centre operator, agreed that their business has experienced an upsurge in the past one year, which according to him could be attributed to increase hosting activities in Nigeria by international internet content providers.

 

“Google has increased its hosting business in the country and another big international content provider will go live next month. Organizations doing business with them will have no option than to peer with them here,” he said.

 

He however lamented the concentration of hosting services in Lagos and urged for spreading of the service to other geographical locations of the country.

 

“The closer the content is to the user, the better the user experience and more efficient service delivery. It is against this back drop that we at Medallion is extending this infrastructure to other geo-political locations of the country to offer organizations in those areas better user experience,” he added.

 

Engr. Sam Adeleke, chief executive officer of Steineng Nigeria Ltd urged Data centre operators to consider multiplicity of location of server.

 

“Multiplicity of location of server is where most of the hosting companies abroad provider multiple location in case there is disaster in one location they will move to another location without their customers suffering downtime.

 

He added that continuity of business in Nigeria is not certain because of harsh business environment.

 

” Suggesting Galaxy backbone as the only alternative is risky because in as much as it is owned by government there is no guarantee that it will not collapse one day, as government is not good business man,” he said.

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