Deliberate Internet shutdowns have cost Ethiopia an estimated $663 million so far in 2023

Deliberate Internet and social media shutdowns from Jan to Jul 2023 have cost the affected economies an estimated $2.1 billion combined, with Ethiopia the most affected. Asian and sub-Saharan African countries are the hardest hit.
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Starlink had the 4th highest active subscribers among Nigeria’s ISPs as of Q3 2023, 8 months after launch
As of the end of September 2023, Starlink Nigeria had amassed a customer base of 11,207 active subscribers, growing 66% from 6,756 in June. It placed 4th in the market after Spectranet (113,747), Tizeti Network (19,126), and ipNX Nigeria (14,871).

Only 4 Internet Service Operators in Nigeria have over 10,000 active subscribers as of Q3 2022
There were over a hundred Internet Service Providers in Nigeria and only 4 have over 10,000 active subscribers as of Q3 2022. Spectranet led with 115, 103 active subscribers. No other operator has up to 20,000 active subscribers.

Spectranet tops the list of Internet Service Operators in Nigeria by active Internet subscribers as of Q3 2022
Spectranet had the highest Internet subscribers among the Internet Service Operators (ISOs) in Nigeria as of Q3 2022, accounting for 56.19%. No other operator has up to 10% of the total number of subscribers on ISOs in the country.

Starlink's average Internet speed vs Internet Service Providers in Nigeria
As of February 2023, Airtel had the fastest Internet speed of all mobile operators in Nigeria at 22.42Mbps, followed by MTN with 21.71Mbps, and Glo with 8.70Mbps. 9mobile comes last with a speed of 8.32Mbps. Airtel's speed of 22.42Mbps was about 26% of Starlink's speed.

The iPhone accounted for 52.5% of Apple's net sales by product category in 2021
Since launching in 2007, the iPhone has been a key part of Apple's revenue stream. Apple's 2021 annual report shows that net sales for iPhones accounted for over half of the company's total net sales for the year.

iPhone net sales in 2021 peaked at $192b
Apple recorded $191b in net sales from iPhones in 2021, a 39% increase from its 2020 figures. Apple attributed the increase to new iPhone models launched in Q1 and Q4 2021 and a favourable mix of iPhone sales. Here are Apple's iPhone net sales over the years:

Internet and social media disruptions in Africa over the past five years
There were 90 Internet and social media disruptions across Africa between 2017 and 2021. The year 2019 had the highest disruptions with 25 across 16 countries.

Cost of Internet and social media shutdowns across Africa in 2021
Africa lost approximately $454 million and 2,802 hours between January and August 2021 to several forms of government-imposed social media shutdowns and Internet blackouts with Nigeria's Twitter shutdown recording the highest lost at $381.4 million.

MTN gained more than 4 million active internet subscribers in twelve months
Between September 2022 to August 2023, 3 of Nigeria's mobile Internet providers saw a combined 8 million increase in their active mobile Internet subscribers, with MTN gaining the most, followed by Globacom and Airtel. 9mobile on the other hand, recorded almost 1 million decline.

In Q3 2023, Airtel Nigeria recorded its biggest revenue decline of the past 22 quarters
Airtel Nigeria started 2023 with slight drops in revenue in Q1 and Q2. However, a significant decline was recorded in the third quarter, representing the biggest quarterly decline since Q3 2018. Here are Airtel Nigeria's revenues since Q2 2018.

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