Awards for our clients

We’re really good at writing winning award entries. Really really good! Last year five of our clients won awards not just in Africa but on the global stage including the GSMA’s Global Mobile awards aka the ‘Oscars’ of the telecoms world:

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News from Algeria

We have worked for World Telecom Labs for five years now. It’s a very innovative company which works with operators across Africa on a variety of technologies.  Last year – with our help – WTL won five awards including this:

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This latest piece of news was a landmark for the team at TelecomsPR Africa as we’d never promoted a story from Algeria before.  Got some great pick-up including this piece in Communications Afrique.

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World Telecom Labs Helps Algerian Operator Provide SMS Services

13 July 2017 – World Telecom Labs (WTL) today announced that it has helped Icosnet, an established operator in Algeria, to rollout an A2P (Application to Person) SMS service that will primarily be used by domestic and international companies who want to communicate directly with their customers across the country.

Algeria has a well-developed telecoms infrastructure and its oil and gas industries have made it one of the wealthiest countries in Africa. Despite the increasing popularity of IP messaging services, SMS is still widely used across the country with the main operators offering bundled packages which include text sending and receipt. Businesses in Algeria are increasingly turning to SMS to interact with and inform their customers as it has a greater chance of being successfully received and read than email – and, of course, is far cheaper than print promotions.

Established in 1999, Icosnet was one of the first companies to emerge after the liberalisation of the telecom market in Algeria. Since then it has been providing data and voice services to businesses of all sizes.

Initially WTL helped Icosnet establish its service quickly and cost-effectively through the provision of SS7 signaling gateways. These enable traffic to transfer between Icosnet’s IP networks and the existing networks in Algeria. As Icosnet’s business expanded and evolved, WTL provided a variety of equipment including its award-winning VoIP switches.

Icosnet’s new SMS service will run over the existing WTL platform that was developed to support both VoIP and SMS services. This enables enterprises and Government agencies to communicate with their customers using text messaging. A simple IP interface connects the company to the Icosnet WTL platform and from here all the switching and routing of messages to the right operator is handled in an efficient, cost effective way ensuring the best possible delivery success. The WTL platform also means that Icosnet can accurately bill its clients for the number of text messages sent.

Andrew Kinnear, Executive Director at Icosnet, said “WTL is a trusted and much valued supplier. Our business and infrastructure have evolved over the years and WTL is always there to support us. We truly appreciate the advice and expertise of the team at WTL.”

Leigh Smith, MD of WTL, said “Of course, the great thing about text is that, unlike popular forms of IP messaging, it can be used to send and receive messages from anyone who has a mobile. Icosnet is setting the standard for African companies who want a cost-effective and reliable A2P SMS service to communicate with customers. Icosnet has always been an innovative operator and we are happy that our strong relationship continues.”

About World Telecom Labs (WTL)

Headquartered in Belgium with offices in Nigeria, Brazil and the UK, WTL helps operators in emerging markets to deploy cost-effective, reliable voice and data networks for both rural and urban environments.

WTL has deployments in more than 30 countries in Africa with a well-deserved reputation for excellent service, reliable products and an expert team with extensive experience in Africa.

WTL’s innovative, practical and cost-effective portfolio includes its:

  • Award-winning range of high capacity VoIP and hybrid VoIP/TDM switches which have been specifically designed to replace the huge, expensive, maintenance-heavy switches that have traditionally been used to transfer VoIP traffic onto other networks.
  • Vivada (Village Voice and Data), a multi-award winning system to Connect The Unconnected.
  • Signalling gateways and pre-paid applications for emerging carriers and telecom service operators.

For more information visit www.wtl.be, on twitter @worldtelecomlab or contact

4 pages in Wired!

 

 

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Nuran Wireless is a new entrant into the African rural telephony market. Its deployment in rural Mexico was featured in the print and online edition of Wired magazine.

Its launch into Africa was covered by Total Telecom here.

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Thoughts from Leigh Smith, MD of World Telecom Labs, on the future of VoIP in Africa  appeared in Developing Telecoms’ prestigious 2015 trends report are here.

 

Three different clients featured in The Economist

economist-400x400Over the last year we have worked with three different Economist journalists on three different continents to secure major editorial in the print magazine (also used online) which have both increased awareness and sales queries.

Cabling Africa’s Interior – a two page overview in print and online with photo and map detailing Liquid Telecom’s progress in building Africa’s largest fibre network.  Read it here.

Lighting rural India; Out of the gloom – an Economist news piece about our Indian client, OMC Power, is here.

DIY Telecoms: Fed up with the failings of the big operators, remote Mexican communities are acting for themselves  – another Economist piece about our Canadian client, Nuran Wireless, and its deployments in rural Mexico is here.

 

Zamir Telecom

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We started working with wholesale carrier Zamir Telecom a couple of months ago to help raise its profile in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Our first announcement was on October 1 2013 about Zamir’s expansion into Africa and partnership with Exchange Telecom of Nigeria.  There was lots of interest and here are some of the stories:

BizTech Africa – Zamir expands wholesale VoIP network into Africa

Capacity Africa – Zamir expands African presence

Developing Telecoms – Zamir upgrades London to Bangladesh route

Telegeography – Zamir expands to Africa via partnership with Nigeria’s Exchange Telecom

Next stop was the annual GITEX show in Dubai:

ITP (leading tech news site in the Middle East) wrote this story.

World Telecom Labs

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At this year’s AfricaCom, WTL had two announcements which received a lot of interest and helped to drive traffic to its booth.

You can read one of their announcements written up by Developing Telecoms here: WTL’s new SMS hub service in Africa.

And more here on IT Web:  Mobile Number Portability in Nigeria.

In addition, the company came 2nd in the AfricaCom awards.  Not bad for a small vendor competing against the big boys of telecoms!  How happy do the guys look?!

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Liquid Telecom

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Liquid Telecom has built the largest fibre network in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.  Here are some of recent stories:

Reuters, November 2013 – Liquid builds first cross border fibre to Somalia

The Africa Report, November 2013 – General update on Liquid.

Telecompaper, September 2013 – Liquid connects to TTCL in Tanzania.

Balancing-Act, June 2013 – Liquid acquires assets of Rwandatel.

Financial Times, January 2013 – Liquid expands across Africa.

 

 Nov 19 2012 – Liquid named Best African Wholesale Carrier at Annual Awards of Capacity Magazine    Pictured is Ramzi Shalak Network Operations Manager at Liquid Telecom who picked up the award.

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Nov 14 2012  – Liquid lays fibre in DRC…

This story was run in a multitude of places including:

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Suntrica

Suntrica logoSuntrica has developed numerous solar-powered chargers for phones, ipods, cameras and other electronic devices.  These provide consumers in developed markets with a portable environmentally-friendly power supply and people in emerging markets with a reliable way to charge their devices in areas where there is little or no electricity

This review was written by the legendery Duncan McLeod and appeared in South Africa’s Financial Mail.

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Financial Mail – Mobile sun charger april 2009 Mobile sun charger 

How many times has your cellphone’s battery gone flat at the most inopportune moments? It’s happened to all of us. Worse, you could be out in the bush without access to electricity, or on a five-day hiking trip across the Drakensberg. Anything could happen out there, and a fully charged battery could save your life.

The SolarStrap, developed by Finland’s Suntrica and introduced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, is an ingenious solar-powered cellphone charger ideal for these situations.

The 60 g device uses the sun to charge its battery – but it can also be charged via USB or the mains. Simply connect a phone using the correct power adapter – a wide range of adapters is included in the box – to give it a quick charge.

The SolarStrap – which is robust, highly flexible and water resistant – can easily be attached, using its Velcro strips, to a hiker’s backpack, a mountain bike’s handlebars, or even to a pants belt.

However, the really exciting application for the SolarStrap is not for Sandtonites at leisure, but rather for people in emerging markets who do not have a reliable electricity supply. Because the device is cheap and robust, it could sell millions of units in Africa.