* Airtel and Synchronica – Africa
Bharti Airtel (‘Airtel’), a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa, has successfully deployed its mass-market mobile messaging service, based on Synchronica's Mobile Gateway infrastructure software, in 16 countries in Africa territories. The service, marketed as ‘airtel connect’, combines push email, synchronization, instant messaging and social networking in a single platform and is offered at an affordable, flat-rate, monthly charge.
The group-wide launch is the culmination of a group-wide framework agreement between Airtel Africa and Synchronica.
Airtel Ghana will be the first operator to launch ‘airtel connect’ which will offer a consumer-focused mobile messaging service which combines push email, synchronization, instant messaging and social networking in a single platform on a fixed monthly rental of GHC3 (US$1.99) for unlimited use, and will be available to any Airtel mobile customer, regardless of the type of mobile device they own.
Airtel has embarked on a major print and radio advertising campaign to promote airtel connect. As an incentive, customers will be offered the chance to take advantage of a free 30-day trial.
* Warid Telecom and Huawei - Uganda
Warid Telecom has inked a deal with Chinese equipment supplier Huawei to upgrade and expand its network. The upgrade will double the network’s capacity increase coverage, and is expected to include the rollout of Warid’s first 3G network.