Chilli Music launches Facebook download service
Chilli Music, which signed a deal with major record labels last month to allow users in South Africa to use its downloading service, has launched a new facility to download tunes directly from Facebook.
The direct to consumer mobile entertainment portal agreed a deal with labels including EMI, Universal, Warners, Sony & Ministry Of Sound to allow mobile owners across South Africa access to the latest releases, new albums and best-selling hits from many of the world's most popular music acts and artists.
The new Facebook facility will enable users to purchase fully-licensed track downloads and complete albums for mobile devices direct through the social media site’s integrated store. Currently in its public beta stage, the service accepts payments for music and a comprehensive range of mobile games using the network’s Pay For It functionality.
“Almost every consumer-facing business in the world has been touched by the social media phenomenon and the smart ones are continually working on new ways to take advantage of the channel,” said Steve Kitchen, Chilli Mobile’s Managing Director.
“Over the last couple of years we’ve seen an enormous leap in the volume of customers choosing to interact with the company via these networks, and introducing the ability to pay via Facebook is the latest landmark in our evolving approach.”
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Currently boasting over 200,000 followers on its corporate Facebook page, Chilli Music’s latest launch creates what is believed to be the networks’ first music store dedicated exclusively to mobile.
All users are also offered a version of the music for their PC with every purchase as the portal’s ‘dual download’ service allows users to send purchases to their home computer as well as receiving files directly on their handset. Mobile Chilli has experienced a 1200 percent increase in album sales since the start of the year. Based on current growth, the company is on course to achieve over 1,000,000 paid downloads in 2011.
Kitchen added: “The synergies between many high volume Facebook users and mobile users is significant, so it makes real business sense for Chilli Music to be bringing these two bases together. The growth seen over the course of 2011 indicates that public confidence in mobile commerce is continuing to grow across the board, not merely in the high end and early adopter audience.”
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NetNumber: Time for a cloud-native transformation
NetNumber is accelerating the transition in the telecom industry to 5G as it starts a shift to cloud-native architecture to address the fast-paced demands of global subscribers and businesses.
NetNumber is offering the industry’s first cloud-native platform designed to ensure InterGENerational™ network performance addresses both the legacy and next-generation requirements of telecom networks.
“NetNumber has developed the industry’s most robust cloud-native, InterGENerational platform that addresses both the legacy and 5G requirements of telcos,” said Matt Rosenberg, Chief Revenue Officer of NetNumber.
The platform provides vertical and horizontal scale-out with low latency, coupled with a suite of data replication capabilities, which provide flexible architectural options that can evolve with the changing network over time.
“Cloud-based solutions from other vendors tend to be limited in terms of supporting particular network generations or protocols. We’ve created our latest platform TITAN.IUM to allow customers to take any generation of applications, any generation of legacy services and protocols and move them into the new world of cloud-native architecture,” said Rosenberg.
“This is a really important part for a carrier to harmonise their network, bring data services together, bring legacy with new together in order to make a more effective and efficient network, as well as reduce their cost as they scale forward,” he said.
Established in 1999, NetNumber has fostered a strong team environment that leverages the industry’s best skills to offer software solutions tailored for carriers of all dimensions. Based outside of Boston and with presence in over 20 countries, the company delivers a range of products that address all generations (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G) of network functions in the core network, deep rooted security products and services, STIR/ SHAKEN and set of options around data services in more than 90 countries.
Steeped in experience in building telecom solutions, software, protocol stacks, and integration of third party tools, the company’s development organisation has proven to supply to the industry with the most reliable and flexible solutions on the market.
“At NetNumber, we focus on our core competencies – we are dedicated to providing industry expertise in signaling, routing, security, subscriber management and data services. We provide customers a strong ROI through platform-based solutions that reduce Capex and Opex in the long-term,” commented Rosenberg.
Five reasons why customers choose NetNumber:
- Expertise - NetNumber has experts with deep knowledge in signaling/routing, security, and subscriber database management.
- Integration - An industry-first platform brings together domain services, applications, security, and global data services.
- Scale - NetNumber has the ability to seamlessly increase network efficiency using vertical and horizontal scaling.
- Speed - World-class solutions have the power to help companies create new service offerings and accelerate time to ROI.
- Savings - Customers enjoy significant savings in capex and opex, flexible deployment models, and investment protection.
NetNumber and Virgin Mobile MEA
“We're very proud of our partnership with Virgin Mobile MEA as they've taken the concept of the InterGENerational platform into their regional network strategy,” commented Rosenberg. “That’s accelerated how they develop exceptional services across the Middle East and Africa region.
“We work with them hand-in-hand to deliver multiple applications onto our platform which has enabled them to provide exceptional, advanced and innovative services to their customers across the Middle East, who demand high quality services.
“What they've really taken advantage of is scale. What I mean by that is they are putting multiple generations of applications and services onto the same platform and distributing that data across their network. That has resulted in an advantageous position of time to market and operational savings.
“Rather than having different applications for many different vendors that cause operational chaos, they've been able to consolidate that and reduce their operating costs by having everything on one common architecture. We’ve had a long-term relationship with Virgin Mobile in Saudi Arabia, and recently signed an agreement with Virgin Mobile in Kuwait.”
Rosenberg says that with these solutions, Virgin Mobile MEA can take advantage of getting to the market much quicker and faster—which is what today’s discerning customer demands.