Two-Thirds of World’s Population Now Connected, According to GSMA Intelligence
Smartphones users across the world have reached to an amazing figure of around 5 billion; as per the latest report of GSMA Intelligence. Number of Mobile Subscribers Worldwide Hits 5 Billion: GSMA Intelligence. These 5 billion are the unique subscribers based on real time data of GSMA Intelligence.
Number of Mobile Subscribers Worldwide Hits 5 Billion: GSMA Intelligence
This 5 billion achievement means two-thirds of the world population from across the globe and this figure has been reached in 4 years.
Unique Mobile Subscribers Region Wise, Q2 2017
Source: GSMA Intelligence
Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA said that:
“Reaching the 5 billion subscriber milestone is a tremendous achievement for an industry that is only a few decades old, and reflects the many billions of dollars that mobile operators have invested in networks, services and spectrum over many years.”
He also commented that:
“Today mobile is a truly global platform, delivering connectivity and, perhaps more importantly, social and economic opportunities to citizens in all corners of the world. This massive reach allows the mobile industry to be a key player in delivering global initiatives such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”
It is forecast that number of unique mobile subscribers across the globe will further increase to 5.7 bn by end of the decade. Which will make the almost three-quarters of the world’s population will be connected via smartphones.
“Subscriber growth opportunities over the coming years will be focused on connecting mainly rural, low-income populations; operators are developing a range of sustainable solutions to deliver affordable connectivity to under-served communities.”
An exhibition match will be played between Jazz Junaid Jamshed Members XI and Cola Next Amjad Sabri Stars XI at DHA Sports Club (Moin Khan Academy) on June 8. Both the teams are consisting of top celebrities of the country. Meanwhile, the 6th Corporate T-20 Cup 2017 tournament will start at the same venue from June 9 and conclude on June 23. “It is a moment of immense pleasure for me to announce holding of this tournament and giving platform to the upcoming national starts” said the former Pakistan Cricket Captain and CEO Moin Khan Sports Academy at a media briefing here the other day. He expressed that confident that the players will enjoy the facilities and environment here at the DHA Sports Club (MKA) presently Moin said the Club offers International Standard facilities like Cricket. Swimming. Squash and Gym. The opening match of the Tournament will be played between SSGC vs SBP. The country’s top eigbt teams including State Bank of Pakislan (SBP), National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), Omar Associates, United Bank Limited (UBL). Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSOC), Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Company Limited (SNGPL), K-Electric and Brighto Paints are featuring in the tournament. The tournament carries a total prize money of Rs 2.0 million with the winner to fetch Rs 800,000 and the runners up Rs 400,000. The rest amount will be awarded as individual prizes. The tournament will be live telecast on PTV World and PTV Global Channels.
Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA), the world’s largest online and mobile commerce company,has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the Alibaba Headquarters in Hangzhou, China.
Alibaba Signs its First MoU in Pakistan to Promote e-Commerce Industry
Alibaba Group’s Executive Chairman, Jack Ma and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. Michael Evans, President of Alibaba Group, and Douglas Feagin, Senior Vice President of Global Business of Ant Financial, signed the Memorandum on behalf of Alibaba and Ant Financial, respectively.
Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said:
“I am honored to have had the opportunity to visit the Alibaba Headquarters in Hangzhou, China. Today by entering into this agreement with Alibaba and Ant Financial we further strengthen mutual cooperation and look to bring about a positive change for our small and medium enterprises. With the support of the Alibaba Group and Ant Financial we hope to elevate our local businesses to new heights and bring them into the realm of the e-commerce platform.”
Alibaba signs MoU with Trade Development Authority of Pakistan to Support e-Commerce development of SMEs and Financial Services
Alibaba Group’s Executive Chairman, Jack Ma said:
“With the globalization of e-commerce, developing countries are well-placed to support the growth of their small and medium enterprises and to seize opportunities which can help bolster their economies. E-commerce has been established for developing countries and for SMEs. Pakistan has seen significant progress in recent years and we look forward to working together with TDAP to further enhance the potential of their SMEs through the signing of this MoU.”
Under the terms of the MoU, Alibaba, Ant Financial, and TDAP agree to foster growth of worldwide exports of products by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Pakistan through e-commerce. Online and offline training programs for the SMEs will also be conducted by Alibaba in a bid to assist SMEs with on-boarding on to Alibaba’s platforms and optimizing exports through e-commerce.
TDAP will help identify suitable SMEs to participate in the training programs while Alibaba will be responsible for providing industry analysis to TDAP to assist them in their selection process.
In addition, Alibaba, Ant Financial and TDAP have agreed to promote the growth of financial services in Pakistan in areas such as mobile and online payment services. The parties have also agreed to adopt cloud computing services to support the online and mobile e-commerce businesses of SMEs in Pakistan.
MP3 is the most popular digital audio format since its inception over two decades ago. Now the format’s developer has announced that it is terminating the format’s licensing program. RIP MP3: Music Format is Officially Terminated because developers are terminating its licensing programme.
RIP MP3: The Iconic Music Format is Officially Terminated Now
The actual ownership history of the various patent rights involved in MP3 technology is complicated and messy.
The announcement that the company will end its licensing programme stated that:
“Although there are more efficient audio codecs with advanced features available today, mp3 is still very popular amongst consumers.
“However, most state-of-the-art media services such as streaming or TV and radio broadcasting use modern ISO-MPEG codecs such as the AAC family or in the future MPEG-H. Those can deliver more features and a higher audio quality at much lower bitrates compared to mp3.”
MP3 is the most widely used format which also help users for easier download. There will be some stragglers who still support the MP3. However, newer formats will be the standard AAC (Advanced Audio Coding).
MP3 format’s developer has announced now the format will not be available as its licensing program has been terminated