Tigo Tanzania launches new Saizi Yako service

19 July 2019

Tigo Tanzania has launched a new service called ‘Saizi Yako’, which is designed to address the specific internet, voice and SMS needs of each customer at an affordable price. 

The company said its new offering comes with a simplified menu for easy access and purchase, at a very affordable price. 

Tigo chief commercial officer Tarik Boudiaf said that the company’s objective was to give “the best all-in-one offer” at competitive prices and meet the needs of its customers. 

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MTN Zambia becomes first operator in Africa to deploy Instavoice ReachMe app

06 March 2019

The app allows customers to use their existingMTN Zambia number anywhere in the world. Even where the operator has no roaming partners

The app allows customers to use their existingMTN Zambia number anywhere in the world. Even where the operator has no roaming partners



MTN Zambia has become the first operator in Africa to offer a new roaming service for customers travelling outside Zambia, which makes a “drastic” reduction in the cost of making and receiving calls overseas. 

The Instavoice ReachMe app, from voice messaging and social media mobile apps specialist Kirusa, also allows customers to use their existing MTN Zambia number anywhere in the world, even where the operator has no roaming partners. 

It works by converting regular phone calls into Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls, which allows users to make or receive such calls within the app.

This means the user does not suffer when roaming, is out of network coverage or the device is on flight mode but without an active data connection.

It could be data from a sim card, roaming data or a Wi-Fi network. 

Furthermore, there will be an opportunity to purchase virtual numbers for the US, UK, Canada and France for $1 a month.

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FNB makes customer data promise

06 March 2019

FNB said customers who use FNB Connect will now benefit from data rollover changes and the ability to transfer mobile data, the company announced. 

The company said its mobile virtual network operator would align with new regulations from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) for mobile operators, which came into effect 28th February.

ICAS’s regulations also call for data depletion notifications and out-of-bundle data usage by default prevention. 

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Orange launches ‘Sanza’ smartphone across Africa

05 March 2019

The new smartphone  from Orange comes with the UNISOC SC7731EF processor and is powered by the KaiOS operating system.

The new smartphone  from Orange comes with the UNISOC SC7731EF processor and is powered by the KaiOS operating system.

 

Orange said it has democratised access to the internet for a large number of Africans with the launch of a $20 USD voice recognition smartphone called “Sanza”.

The device, which will be made available in 15 African countries from April this year – as well as in the Middle East.

Alioune Ndiaye, managing director of Orange MENA, said the launch of Sanza was a major step toward giving a larger number of Africans access to the internet because the smartphone was affordable.

“Sanza is concrete proof of the capacity of Orange to be a key player of digital inclusion in Africa and the Middle-East” he said. ”With its access to internet with the voice (recognition) and its attractive price around $20 USD I have the conviction that this 3G phone and soon 4G is a powerful lever to develop access to internet for all Africa.”

The smartphone penetration rate in Africa is low because of price, which has made the devices unaffordable for low-income earners that make up the majority of the continent’s population.

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