The best of the ‘net for all phones, across Africa

VALUE ADDED SERVICES

|
Image: Arun Tanksali. By BiztechAfrica
Arun Tanksali

Comviva is bringing to market a new solution that makes social networking available to users of even old feature phones.

Comiva’s Hola! application delivers access to social networking sites through a client application, SMS or USSD at a lower cost than traditional mobile internet.

Arun Tanksali, Head Mobile Lifestyle Solutions at Comviva, saysHola! allows access to popular social networks such as facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as GTalk, email, news feeds, sports updates and other services as requested by operators in different regions. 

“We have tied-up with various content partners in the region to bring in additional services," he says.

Tanksali says Hola! is a service which can be offered through a client that can be downloaded on the handset, or  as SMS or USSD service.  “Between these three bearers we can cover entire subscriber base of any operator in Africa. We will be launching the service with three major operator groups in Africa which will allow us to take the service to nearly 30% of the mobile subscribers in Africa.”

He says: “We have already completed proof of concept in two operator customers and have started in 3rd group, which is the fastest growing operator in Africa. We are extremely happy and excited with the response we have received from these group operators.”

Tanksali notes that because Hola! pushes updates to users, bandwidth savings for those who want to be always connected can be as high as 35%. “ We have also seen significant savings in bandwidth for activity like checking updated on WAP site compared to how much would be consumed in doing similar activity on client,” he says.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE VALUE ADDED SERVICES NEWS

Afrinvest unveils mobile app for online trading, investment management

Ayodeji Ebo, Charles Egbunonwo, Ike Chioke, Afrinvest and Tony Usidamen Afrinvest Securities Limited at the weekend launched an online equity trading mobile application, offering clients mobile access to their brokerage accounts and portfolio data.  Read More

Stanbic launches real time payments for electricity and DStv

Stanbic Bank Botswana has announced the introduction of state of the art, real-time electronic payments for Prepaid Electricity and DStv Subscription through its cellphone Banking and Internet Banking Channels. Read More

Safaricom readies to bring M-PESA home

Safaricom has started final preparations for the launch of the second generation of its M-PESA platform as it prepares to perform a full scale system upgrade aimed at improving efficiencies and speed over the next week. Read More

Airtel Money hits over 1 million transactions in a month

Airtel Ghana has attained another milestone with its instant mobile money service.  Read More

Online payment of BGCSE examination fees using Orange Money

The Botswana Examinations Council has announced its partnership with Orange Money for the payment of examination fees. Read More

Airtel Money enables fundraising for Garissa attack victims

Airtel Kenya has set up a donation paybill number for well-wishers to send funds to the Red Cross to support victims of the Garissa attack.  Read More

Spectranet offers subscribers free movies on iROKOtv.com

4G or long term evolution (LTE), internet service provider (ISP) Spectranet has launched a partnership with iROKOtv.com, Africa’s premier internet television provider.  Read More

Airtel Rwanda to introduce Airtel Money micro loans

In a bid to expand reach into mobile financial services, Airtel Rwanda has announced plans to introduce micro-loans on Airtel Money on April 1, 2015 in a partnership with Atlantis Microfinance Limited. Read More

BIC, Orange Money agree on payment service

Botswana Insurance Company (BIC) and Orange Botswana have entered into a partnership which will now enable BIC customers to make their premium payments through the Orange Money mobile money service. Read More

Strathmore, Castalia look to implementation of mobile learning

Strathmore University in Nairobi and Castalia Co of Japan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a feasibility study of “goocus pro” and “goocus 3”, mobile learning platforms developed by Castalia, starting from April of 2015. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika

FEATURED STORY

e-commerce space untapped, says phonekings heade-commerce space untapped, says phonekings head

E-commerce is the future, says the head of a new online electronics mall launched in Nigeria. Tayo Olusanya spoke to Kokumo Goodie in Lagos.

IN DEPTH

Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College

The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India.