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Top 20 most visited websites in Nigeria 2019

Browsing of websites is one of the most common activity among mobile internet users not just in Nigeria but across the world. Do you know the 20 most visited websites in Nigeria? We did an analysis with Alexa and found out Google and Youtube websites are the most visited websites in Nigeria.

This is followed by Bet9ja, Youtube and Facebook.

Checkout the list below…

What does this tell you about mobile internet users in Nigeria?

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5 most popular smartphone brands in Nigeria

No doubt the smartphone has become an integral part of our lives today. As the internet becomes faster and more affordable in Nigeria, smartphone penetration will always be on the rise. Today we look at 5 most popular smartphone brands in Nigeria.

  1. Tecno & Infinix

Tecno and Infinix are different phone brands but they are from the same Chinese company called Transsion Holdings. Both tecno and Infinix are 2 of the most popular phone brands in Nigeria. Their parent company Transsion holds over 40% of the Mobile phone market in Nigeria. Popular Tecno phones include: Camon Series, i Series and Tecno Phantom.

Popular Infinix phones include X series, Hot and Note!

2. Samsung Phones

Samsung Galaxy phones, command a huge market share in Nigeria. Not only does the company have affordable handsets, but also flagship devices. Since Android is the most popular mobile operating system in Nigeria, Samsung serves as the high end phone for Android users in Nigeria. Popular Samsung series include: Galaxy & Prime series.

3. Apple

The iPhone is the most prestigious phone in Nigeria. Using an iPhone is a status symbol especially as it is perceived a luxury item. The newer the iPhone, the more expensive the phone is.

All of these phones work well with the popular internet networks in Nigeria.

(if you would like to check the internet speed in your area, click here.)

Now tell us what is your most preferred phone brand in Nigeria? We would like to hear from you in the comments below…

Nigerian Banks accused of not remitting USSD deductions to body

Association Of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has vowed that Nigerian banks will remit every percentage deductions from mobile users for access to financial services due to its members based on documented agreement.

ALTON Chairman, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo said this Wednesday in Lagos at a press conference to mark 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Association

According to him, it is immoral for banks to be collecting charges from telecoms subscribers without remitting operators’ part of the bargain, adding that “we cannot offer USSD free of charge because banks are charging customers.”

Mr Adebayo further said “telecoms services providers will soon invoke the law in NCC Act. There will be no discount. They will pay in retrospect. ”

Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), sometimes referred to as “Quick Codes” or “Feature codes”, is a communications protocol used by GSM cellular telephones to communicate with the mobile network operator’s computers. It is used to send text between a mobile phone and an application program in the network and it allows Nigerian Bank customers have access to basic financial services by simply dialing certain code.

Read more…

Internet Speed in Africa Report 2019

We just released the internet speed in Africa report 2019. For this report, we analyzed the internet speed of 23 countries in Africa based on the speed tests carried out on our platform.

A surprising thing about this report is South Africa, known to be the most technologically advanced country in Africa did not have the fastest internet speed in Africa.

The same thing can be said for Nigeria which has been reported to be the most mobilized country in the world.

For this report, we analyzed over 10,000 speed tests from various from various African countries.

Every time a speed test is taken on our platform, our server notes the person’s location, the download and upload speed, the fastest networks in that location and stores this information, comparing it with users in other locations.

See: How whofast.net works

All of these results were then analyzed to rank African countries based on their internet speeds for the period of this analysis.

South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria followed each other in the ranking.

The top 3 countries with the fastest internet speeds are:

Niger (29.71 mbps)

Lesotho (28.77 mbps)

Morocco (17.89 mbps)

While the countries with the slowest internet speeds in Africa are:

Sirrea Leone 5.25 mbps, Botswanna & Cameroon tied at 5.22 mbps and Liberia was the slowest with an internet speed of 2.41 mbps.

We have provided 2 visualizations of the data for easy interpretation. The first visualization shows a map of Africa showing internet speeds while the second visualization shows an actual ranking based on speed.

The info has been colour coded with Gold meaning very fast, Blue for fast, Green for Ok and Red for slow.

South African ISP, Web hosts hit by DDOS attacks

Liquid Telecom, an internet service provider (ISP) in South Africa has been hit by a new wave of DDOS attacks. Other South African companies affected by the attacks include web hosting companies Afrihost Axxess and WebAfrica.

Mybroadband reports that all 4 internet based services alerted their subscribers at various times following the attacks.

Activist CEO Gian Visser says while the attacks which began on Sunday continues, the severity of the attacks have reduced.

He stated that locally hosted content like Netflix, YouTube and Gmail will have little or no service interaction while foreign hosted services will experience the most disruptions.

Read more on https://www.google.com/amp/s/mybroadband.co.za/news/security/324959-massive-ddos-attack-hit-afrihost-axxess-and-webafrica-subscribers.html/amp

Whofast.net is the new alternative to fast.com

Looking for an alternative to fast.com? Whofast.net is the new alternative to fast.com.

Just like fast.com, whofast.net is an internet speed test tool. However, whofast offers the user more relevant information about their internet and mobile networks that it’s older alternative.

While fast.com doesn’t require a user to enter in their location, on whofast.net, when a user takes an internet speed test on the platform, the user enters their location and the server now provides the user more information than just their internet speed.

Users of whofast.net get to see the performance of their mobile network in their area and the other top internet service providers and mobile networks in their location of interest.

The result is crowdsourced that means when you take a speed test on whofast.net, you are also helping to provide more accurate results to other users in your area.

Screenshot of whofast.net showing top mobile networks in Lagos, Nigeria

Imagine you are traveling from one part of your country to another country and you would like to stay connected on the internet but do not know what mobile network hast fast internet in the new location you are traveling to, all you will need to do is visit http://whofast.net and enter the location you are going. It will give you a result of the top internet networks in that area and their corresponding speed. This way you’re informed ahead and know the network to subscribe to once you land in your new location. How cool? Check the fastest internet/mobile network in your area today. Click this link 👉 http://Whofast.net

N.B: Whofast.net is not just an alternative to fast.com but also an alternative to speedtest.net.

It is the first internet speed test tool launched in Africa for the African market with plans to expand to the US, Europe and Asian markets in the nearest future.

Meet the Team

1. Folarin Omotoriogun, Founder, Head of Engineering

Folarin Omotoriogun designed and built Whofast.Net, he is responsible for engineering and strategy.

Connect with Folarin on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/folarinomotoriogun 

2. Olumuyiwa George, Head Marketing & Growth

Olumuyiwa George is responsible for marketing & growth at Whofast.Net.

You can connect with Muyiwa on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/olumuyiwa-george-a84250b1

3. Join this list

Email your CV to playdataafrica@gmail.com

How WhoFast.net Works

Internet distribution in Africa is not uniform. Mobile users continue to report conflicting stories around, how good or bad internet connectivity is for them. Furthermore, there is a general distrust for trying out new service providers. The last mile of sending the internet to a customer is a major challenge facing ISPs (Internet Service Providers), who wish to provide their customers universal access across different locations.

Personally, I have changed service providers at least four times in search for a better alternative. This is a painful process that leads to wasted funds, and in order to avoid such trial and error, I thought it would be super cool to build a service that allows people including myself know locations where network providers were performing best and worst. I imagined this service could help people make informed financial decisions around which network to subscribe to as students, workers, or travellers going to any particular destination.

Goals

The biggest challenge in building whofast.net was figuring out the most efficient way to aggregate internet speeds across multiple network providers in different locations.

It would be unsustainable to single-handedly subscribe to multiple ISPs as this would limit the number of locations that can be covered due to cost of purchasing and placing modems, and SIM cards across Africa.

Then crowdsourcing came to the rescue.

The idea was to provide a compelling speed test service that allowed people quickly check (under 10 seconds) their internet connection, in-turn they get to see the results of other people who tested their internet across different networks and locations.

Design

To provide this service, a user visits whofast.net website, enters their location, and starts a speed test session. Once the user completes their test, whofast.net shows them real-time results from other users who tested within a 6 kilometre radius of their reported location.

Architecture

Can I trust the speed test results?

Users considering switching to whofast.net typically compare the results from other speed test sites to whofast.net. From an algorithmic stand point, your browser downloads small chunks of an infinitely large data file, and the site records how much data was downloaded in a period of time to estimate internet speed in Megabytes per second.

A comparison with a popular speed test site

The variance in speed test results can be much higher depending on whether your ISP has routers closer to any given speed test server. For example, testing your internet against a server located in your country, could provide much higher results than testing against a more remote server.

Why does fast.com generally report higher download speeds?

Fast.com uses Netflix’s broad CDN (Content Distribution Network) to power its speed tests. The price you pay for this is that you can only measure, how good your experience will be on Netflix, and not necessarily your experience on other internet apps who do not have the same content distribution ubiquity as Netflix.

Whofast.net uses multiple servers in Europe to provide a fair estimation of internet speed across multiple websites.

Features

  1. Test your internet speed to know if your network provider is delivering on its promise.
  2. Find out how your internet compares to other networks in your area.
  3. Virtually travel to other destinations with your mobile network without leaving the comfort of your home, to see internet speed results in places you care about.
  4. Screenshot and share your speed test result directly with your internet provider on Twitter to praise or lodge a complaint.

Interesting facts discovered in 30 days

  1. Some networks performed best in remote areas than in cities.
  2. Over 6,000 measurements were recorded in 1 month, soon to be more.
  3. Within 7 days whofast.net covered over 143 networks, across several African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, and many others.
  4. Internet speeds by country can be viewed here at the WhoFast Africa Fact Sheet

Whofast.net is part of the broader Play Data Africa initiative who’s mission is to build communities and technologies that help people navigate Africa more efficiently.

Save your data when watching YouTube

Apps such as Youtube intelligently sense your internet speed to determine the quality of videos to serve your mobile device. The faster your internet connection, the higher the quality of video delivered to your phone. However, while you enjoy higher quality, this attracts higher data consumptions by YouTube website and App. If you notice you are consuming data than usual, this may be the root cause. To fix this follow the below steps:

  1. Visit the YouTube video as you normally do.
  2. Once the video is loaded, select the cog icon to reveal the video option as seen here

3. Reduce the quality to a value you are comfortable with as seen below (we found out that 240p is actually a decent quality for even a desktop screen).

4. You can save up 50% data consumption by doing this. 
Test your internet at whofast.net to know the fastest network in your area.

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