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Ericsson Explains Predictions on 1B 5G Subscriptions in 2023

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Ericsson forecasts there will be 1 billion 5G subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband by 2023. This prediction is among the key statistics presented in the November edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report released today.

Expected to be deployed first in dense urban areas, 5G will cover over 20 percent of the world’s population by the end of 2023. The first commercial networks based on 5G New Radio (NR) are expected to go live in 2019, with major deployments from 2020. Early 5G deployments are foreseen in several markets, including the US, South Korea, Japan and China.

Global mobile data traffic to surpass 100Exabytes per month in 2023

Mobile data traffic is expected to surge by eight times during the forecast period, reaching 110 Exabytes per month by 2023. This corresponds to 5.5 million years of HD video streaming.

All regions maintain mobile data traffic growth, with North America showing the highest average usage per smartphone, exceeding 7GB per month by the end of 2017.

Video consumption continues to fuel mobile broadband traffic growth.

The driving force behind video’s uptrend are the young millennials – those in the 15 to 24 age bracket – who stream 2.5X more than those over 45 years of age.

Streaming video in higher resolutions and an emerging trend of increased streaming of immersive video formats, such as 360-degree video, will have an impact on data traffic consumption volumes. For example, a YouTube 360-degree video uses 4 to 5 times as much bandwidth as a normal YouTube video of the same perceived quality.

LTE deployments – momentum continues

By the end of this year, LTE will be the dominant mobile access technology. It is estimated to reach 5.5 billion subscriptions and cover more than 85percent of the world’s population by the end of 2023.

Voice over LTE (VoLTE) has been launched in more than 125 networks in over 60 countries across all regions. VoLTE subscriptions are projected to reach 5.5 billion by the end of 2023, accounting for more than 80 percent of the combined LTE and 5G subscriptions.

Smartwatches are one of the latest devices to use VoLTE. Users are able to make voice calls directly on their smartwatch, without having a smartphone nearby (multi-SIM). Calls can also be transferred between a user’s smartphone and watch.

Niklas Heuveldop, chief strategy officer and Head of Technology and Emerging Business, Ericsson, says: “The latest report highlights trends in mobile subscription and data traffic growth, as well as the industry’s effort to tackle the increasing demands on mobile networks globally. In addition, the report examines the emergence of new use cases as network capabilities evolve – smartwatches, IoT alarms, and augmented reality-assisted maintenance and repair, to name a few. As we prepare for 5G, these trends will continue to set the agenda for the mobile industry going forward.”

The report also features three articles on rising industry trends:

  • Shifting mobile data plans examines the move to ever larger plans as well as the actual data consumption within different plans. It highlights the importance of a good mixof data plans, including unlimited, to address a variety of consumer needs.
  • Enhancing the event experience focuses on how event organizers and operators can meet visitors’ needs for more digitalized services and immersive experiences.
  • Millennials’ expectations for 5G explore show this age group perceives their mobile experience, their hopes on5G, and what their viewpoint simply for operators.

Regional reports for Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America have also been published along with the Global Ericsson Mobility Report.

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MTN Introduces 17-Digit Recharge PIN

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Management of MTN Nigeria has announced the introduction of a new 17-digit recharge card Personal Identification Number (PIN).

 

In 2016, the nation’s largest telecommunications company increased the number of its recharge voucher digits from 12 to 16.

 

Two years later, the firm is increasing the digits to 17.

According to MTN Nigeria, the value on the 17-digit recharge cards and the 16-digit recharge vouchers remain the same.

 

However, in its adverts to sensitise its subscribers on the new development, the company did not give reasons for the change.

 

MTN Nigeria is part of the MTN Group, Africa’s leading cellular telecommunications company. On May 16, 2001, MTN became the first GSM network to make a call following the globally lauded Nigerian GSM auction conducted by the Nigerian Communications Commission earlier in the year. Thereafter the company launched full commercial operations beginning with Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

 

MTN paid $285m for one of four GSM licenses in Nigeria in January 2001. To date, in excess of $1.8 billion has been invested building mobile telecommunications infrastructure in Nigeria.

 

Since launch in August 2001, MTN has steadily deployed its services across Nigeria. It now provides services in 223 cities and towns, more than 10,000 villages and communities and a growing number of highways across the country, spanning the 36 states of the Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Many of these villages and communities are being connected to the world of telecommunications for the first time ever.

 

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Linda Ikeji, Nigeria Vs Atletico, Royal wedding 2018, Jet Li trend on Google Search

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Linda Ikeji, Nigeria Vs Atletico, Royal wedding 2018, Jet Li were the most sort after items on Google Search Nigeria this week.

 

Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Communications & Public Affairs Manager, West Africa, Google, made this known in a statement released on Wednesday in Lagos.

 

Kola-Ogunlade said that the pregnancy news of Linda Ikeji, Prominent Nigerian blogger, writer, entrepreneur and former model, topped the search list when it broke out.

 

He said that, “the popular blogger revealed she was six-months pregnant by posting photos of her bump to Instagram.

 

“The news of her pregnancy attracted mixed reactions from her fans, with some saying that Linda should have kept to her word on remaining celibate until marriage.

 

“Fans and wellwishers have since taken to Google to search for her pregnancy pictures, making ‘Linda Ikeji’ a top trending term.”

 

According to the Google Manager, Nigeria Vs Atletico Madrid friendly match drew fans attention when Players of the Spanish professional football club, began to arrive in Nigeria on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s friendly game against the Super Eagles.

 

The friendly match which was played at Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State had Football fans raced to Google to search for more information about the match.

 

The Royal wedding was another headliner according to Kola-Ogunlade.

 

He said, “In November, Clarence House announced that Prince Harry was engaged to his actress girlfriend, Meghan Markle.

 

“The highly anticipated royal wedding held over the weekend, and millions of viewers tuned in to witness the couple take their vows.

 

“Many of the couple’s celebrity friends were at the wedding, including Oprah Winfrey, David and Victoria Beckham, Serena Williams and her husband, and Meghan’s co-stars from the series Suits.

 

He said that, “Fans of popular Chinese actor, Jet Li have expressed concern for his health after a photo of him looking much older was taken at a temple in Tibet China went viral on Saturday.

 

“The actor’s manager, Steven Chasman said on Monday that although Li had battled hyperthyroidism over the years, it’s nothing life-threatening and the actor is fine.

 

Fans of the actor took to Google to search for pictures, making ‘Jet Li’ a top trending term,” Kola-Ogunlade said.

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Nigerians to Pay More for Calls, Data as Telcos Mull Tariff Hike

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Nigerians may soon begin to pay higher tariffs on calls and data as the telecommunications companies in the country brace up for a new cyber security levy to be implemented by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

 

This is coming on the heels of a directive from the CBN to all banks on the collection of 0.005 per cent levy on all electronic transactions into a National Cyber Security Fund.

 

Mr. Olusola Teniola, president of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), said the implementation of the levy is ill-timed, considering the fact that the telecom operators are currently battling with multiple taxation, which has risen from 26 in 2015 to 38 under the current administration

 

But CBN said it is execrsising powers from section 44 of the Cybercrime Prohibition and Prevention Act 2015, that “there shall be paid and credited into the Fund established under subsection (1) of this section and domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria: a levy of 0.005 per cent of all electronic transactions by the businesses specified in the second schedule to this Act.”

 

Businesses affected by this charge include GSM service providers – MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9Mobile etc. and all telecommunication companies; Internet service providers; banks and other financial institutions; insurance companies and Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

Mr. Olusola Teniola, president of the Association of Telecommunications Company of Nigeria (ATCON). Mr. Olusola Teniola

Teniola, said that “At this point, if the CBN decides to go ahead with the implementation, we will have no choice but to pass the cost to the subscribers. Nigerians should be ready to pay more for calls and data subscriptions,” he said.

 

Teniola added that with the additional burden, the operators might also consider downsizing their staff strength to stay afloat.

 

He said that  all its members have concluded that the only way to survive with the new levy is to increase tariff across board.

 

“The eventual implementation of this levy of 0.005 per cent would cripple, if not render useless government and private sector efforts to speed up the broadband penetration in Nigeria and our association has a mandate to protect the investment in the telecom industry from undue pressure from the government in the form of yet additional burden on our members that are already overtaxed by all tiers of governments,” the ATCON President added.

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