Econet in €1million service upgrade
TELECOMS| Nov. 13, 2011, 8:58 a.m.
Astellia, a leading provider of monitoring solutions for the optimization of mobile network QoS, has announced the signing of a €1 million contract with Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s number one operator.
Under the agreement, Econet will deploy Astellia’s vendor-independent solution on its 2G and 3G networks and will also get expert support from Astellia’s consulting team.
The Astellia solution allows Econet to closely monitor network performance, as the company takes concrete steps in its pledge to improve the quality of both its broadband and voice services.
Econet is the leading wireless operator in Zimbabwe with more than 5,6 million subscribers and 69% of market share. The company is enjoying rapid subscriber base and revenue growth driven by innovative voice and mobile broadband services.
The partnership between Econet and Astellia will enable the operator to gain end-to-end insight over its mobile network performance for both voice and data services. This will contribute to guarantee the highest quality of experience to Econet’s subscribers.
Astellia says its monitoring solution features Packet Service Monitoring. This advanced module is designed to evaluate the quality of experience perceived from an end-user perspective for data services such as MMS, emails, video streaming and Internet. It will enable Econet’s optimization team to detect and investigate problems such as slow web browsing due for instance to congestion, inefficient transaction procedures or faulty handsets.
“Econet can rely on our experts to conduct regular audits of their network performance and recommend improvement actions. We will work in real partnership in order to optimize data service usage and enhance operational efficiency”, said Jean-Philippe Larvol, Astellia’s Managing Director for Africa.
“Following our network expansion and upgrade phase, our focus now is on making sure the equipment we installed is optimised and able to provide an efficient, reliable service to our subscribers. The Astellia solution will help Econet monitor the performance of our services, and to recommend actions where needed to continually enhance the quality of experience of our customers”, said Douglas Mboweni, CEO at Econet Wireless.
MORE TELECOMS NEWS
TNM to conduct biggest promotion pay-outTNM will on August 26 splash out over K100 million in its Ufulu@50 Promotion, the biggest payout in a single day in the history of promotions in Malawi. Read More
We don’t patronise fake OEMs, says GloGlobacom has said it does not patronise substandard original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and telecoms equipment vendors. Read More
Africell DRC waits ‘in vain’ for interconnectionAfricell, which began operations in the DRC in June 2012, has yet to enjoy interconnection. Read More
Telecom Namibia: WACS repairs to start this weekendRepair work on the West Africa Cable System (WACS) off Namibia’s coast is scheduled to start over the weekend, says Telecom Namibia. Read More
MTN Uganda marks 10m subscriber markHaving hit the 10 million subscriber base, MTN Uganda has announced that it is giving out 10 million minutes of free airtime and 100 million MB of data to its customers. Read More
Airtel Malawi launches thematic campaignAirtel Malawi has launched a new thematic campaign dubbed 'Muli Bwanji?' a local language greeting meaning 'How are you?' aimed at depicting the warmth and love that is synonymous with Malawians. Read More
Etisalat commissions flagship Experience Centre in AbujaEtisalat has commissioned a world class flagship Experience Centre in Abuja. Read More
Infrastructure, connectivity key to Africa’s smart citiesInfrastructure and connectivity are key to achieving the Smart City vision, say WSP and Ruckus Wireless. Read More
Glo offers subscribers 3-in-1 recharge optionGlo has unveiled a unique 3-in-1 Recharge Option to make the process of loading regular airtime credit, international calling packs and data bundles more convenient for its subscribers. Read More
FEATURED STORYNigeria’s VAS providers ‘on brink of extinction’
WASPAN chief Simon Aderinlola says unless the regulator intervenes, WASPAN may not have anything left to regulate. Kokumo Goodie reports.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture
In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.
COMPANY NEWSSchneider Electric trains 50,000 in energy management
Schneider Electric has trained more than 50,000 people in energy management as part of its BipBop energy access programme.