" ITREALMS: November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Comviva, MasterCard, Tutuka to boost finanicial inclusion drive

The trio of Comviva Technologies,  MasterCard Worldwide,  and Tutuka announced a strategic collaboration that combines Comviva’s mobiquity mobile payment platform, Tutuka’s prepaid processing platform and MasterCard’s global electronic payments network to further extend financial inclusion to millions of consumers across Africa.

ITRealms gathers that the collaboration would enable operators provide mobile money services using Comviva’s mobiquity platform to their customers prepaid MasterCard cards or Virtual Card Numbers (VCN), which is linked to their existing stored value accounts.

Also, these would facilitate customers’ purchase of goods and services at millions of physical and online retailers worldwide where MasterCard is accepted, as well as transfer funds and pay bills.

At present stored value accounts, managed primarily by mobile network operators offer services only to users within the operators network such as mobile top-up, bill payments, merchant payments, cash withdrawal and P2P payments.

Remmy Nweke
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Google invites actions against WCIT-12

Google invites internet community to take action against the proposed close door meeting at the Dubai meeting of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) schedule for  between December 3 and 14, 2012.

Part of the meeting's top agenda is the alleged governments plan to increase censorship and regulation of the Internet.

Join the action: https://www.google.com/intl/en/takeaction/

ITRealms recalsl that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) convenes the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 3-14 December 2012. 

The acclaimed landmark conference will review the current International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), which serve as the binding global treaty designed to facilitate international interconnection and interoperability of information and communication services, as well as ensuring their efficiency and widespread public usefulness and availability.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

DigitalSENSE News: All in one from Etisalat = data-voice-sms

The Easyflex plan comes with four variants the Flex N1000, Flex N700, Flex N500 and Flex N300.
Flex N1,000 offers customers up to 100 minutes talk time to call any network or 100 megabyte data or 400 SMS to any network; Flex N700 bundle offers customers 70 minutes talk time to call any network or 70 megabyte data or 280 SMS to any network; Flex N500 offers customers 50 minutes talk time to any network or 50 megabyte data or 200 SMS to any network.

While Flex N300 offers customers 25 minutes talk time to any network or 25 megabyte data or 100 SMS to any network. Customers can however mix and match as they browse, call and send SMS to all networks as they wish on all four variants of Easy Flex. 

Etisalat customers on any of the prepaid packages who wish to enjoy the huge benefits of 
easyflex will have to migrate by dialing *344*bundle of their choice#. For instance, to purchase Flex N1,000, customers  should simply dial *344*1000#, *344*700# for  Flex N700, *344*500# for Flex N500 and *344*300# for Flex N300.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

8 of 10 SMES not satisfied with telcos - Survey

Latest survey on Telesperience from Comarch, a global provider of end-to-end solutions for telecommunications, has revealed that eight of 10 European Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have plans to change telecom provider.

ITRealms gathers that the Telesperience research was based on a survey on 298 European SMEs in France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom (UK), according to the author and Chief Analyst, Telesperience, Ms Teresa Cottam.

She said that the level of satisfaction of European SMEs with their telecom service providers was identified during the survey.

 The survey, she said, was done by an analyst firm, Telesperience, on 298 European SMEs, to see what they saw as the most valuable services that Consumer Satisfaction Problems (CSPs) could offer them, but also to identify the main churn and dissatisfaction factors. 

She also revealed that some of the key issues included that SMEs do not feel loyal to their CSP(s) – 8 out of 10 plan to change service provider in the near future; The biggest causes of frustration amongst SMEs are billing-related issues, low quality of services and networks, and the inability of service providers to quickly and effectively resolve problems; and the most important factors for SMEs when selecting a telecom service provider are service availability, service quality and dedicated tariff plans, while low price is only rated as fourth on the list.

Additionally, Ms Cottam said, eight out of 10 SMEs do not see handset selection as being a “deal breaker” as they prefer a cheaper service to their ideal handset. While 48 per cent of SMEs would prefer to have a single service provider for all their services, even as she pointed out that the services that SMEs would value include: access to itemized and archived bills, an ability to set spending limits for their employees, as well as fixed-mobile convergence.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ebube, winner of MTN Ultimate promo gets unsolicited FB page

Ebube Essien-Garricks ... Real pix of ultimate promo winner @ MTN hdqtr Wednesday

The 27-year old student of College of Health Science and Technology, Rivers State, Ms Ebube Essien-Garricks, who emerged the winner of a Cessna 182T aircraft in the MTN Ultimate Wonder promo, opted for Naira equivalent of N64 million.

ITRealms gathered that within a few hours of emergence, unknown persons have created a Facebook account on her behalf to show-off her win and probably further endorse the brand for fulfilling its promise.

Although a couple of Nigerians who commented on her wins, are still very high skeptical, others expressed excitement with her at this joyous time.
As at the time of filing this report, Ebube just have 44 likes, but no friends yet, while marriage proposal has increased!

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