DigitalPR With Celestine Achi: SMILE STRENGTHENS DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP IN NIGERIA AS IT LAUNCHES A SUPERFAST BROADBAND INTERNET - By Celestine Achi

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SMILE STRENGTHENS DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP IN NIGERIA AS IT LAUNCHES A SUPERFAST BROADBAND INTERNET - By Celestine Achi

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Internet has become part of the way Nigerians live, learn and do business. Digital revolution is increasingly changing the way we communicate and access information. Millions of Nigerians are already joining the digital space and more of them are set to join in the coming months. Google estimated that Nigeria has the 2nd highest YouTube growth in Sub-Saharan Africa and has since overtaken South Africa as Facebook's largest user base in Africa and estimated to grow by 21% in the coming months. On LinkedIn, two new Nigerian professionals signs up every two seconds while twitter is fast becoming the most important source of information in Nigeria.
Uninterrupted speed is needed if the citizenry must seamlessly access the full benefits of a quality and reliable broadband internet network that is very fast and enriches the user experience. 
I was therefore elated when Smile Nigeria successfully launched and rolled-out the first true 4G LTE (4th Generation Long-Term Evolution) Broadband internet services in Lagos.
The Smile 4G LTE is known to be the fastest internet in Nigeria; allowing users to stream movies, music, pictures, download data without buffering, loading and without the frustration of network search or fluctuation.
Announcing the Lagos launch yesterday, Smile Group Chief Operating Officer, Tom Allen said the goal of Smile Nigeria is to provide Nigerian Broadband Internet users with speed, quality, reliability and simplicity.
He added that Smile's Nigerian Customers are already experiencing world-beating speed and quality in excess of 6MHbps and worthy of mention is the fact that some Nigerians are already running at average speeds in excess of 20Mbps which is said to be substantially faster than the speed that can be achieved in other parts of the world, including the United Kingdom.
To verify this claim and to test the speed of the Smile 4G LTE, I and my staff personally used the Smile 4G LTE and downloaded 2 movies in 4mins record time without buffering, loading and waiting. 


For the digital world, a reliable and fast access to the internet is no more a luxury but a necessity, and broadband penetration can impact Nigeria GDP by a phenomenal 3% increase. Mobile penetration is growing exponentially in Nigeria. in 2013, more Nigerians bought a smart phone than a PC which makes me agree with the assertion of Smile Chairman, Dr. Earnest Azudialu-Obiejesi that mobile broadband will play a crucial role in the transformation and development of the country.
We must celebrate the Broadband Council in Nigeria for massively promoting the deployment of broadband. For Nigeria to become one of the world’s leading economies by year 2020, high-speed broadband networks like SMILE’s will provide every Nigerian with the needed fast, reliable and affordable internet access that is a fundamental requirement that can transform technology, level the playing field and give businesses access to regional, national, and international markets irrespective of geographical location. Description: https://fbexternal-a.akamaihd.net/safe_image.php?d=AQDr3_PZtr1VKKhR&url=http%3A%2F%2Ftracker.sendible.com%2Fmessages%2Fb4d9b233-898c-4444-adcd-7ca17447c4e4%3Fservice%3DFacebook%28note%29%26f%3D3182356%26view%3Dtrue

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