Samsung Galaxy S4's African launch
Samsung’s Galaxy S4 hit the shops in South Africa at the weekend following an official product launch at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
Hailed as the smartest smart-phone on the market it has an array of futuristic features including the world’s first Full HD Super Amoled display a five-inch scratch-resistant screen, 2,600 mAh battery, a 13-megapixel-rear camera and a two megapixel front camera.
The dual camera facility means it can take photos in a sequence while it also enables the user to erase unwanted images such as a person accidentally appearing in the photo.
Robert Ngeru, Chief Operations Officer for Samsung Electronics, East and Central Africa, said: “It’s a smart companion as it has all the relevant features that are required on a cellphone, be it on health, be it on training and on education, be it on email and office work. So it covers all aspects of everyday life.”
The gadget has already made its debut in other leading cities around the world including London, Sydney, Hong Kong and New York.
The launch also follows hot on the heels of Samsung’s quarterly earnings report which revealed the company has shipped about 70 million smartphones so far this year, a 60.7 percent increase from the year-on-year.
Its first quarter profits rose 42 percent to $6.4 billion and sales were up 17 percent to $47.6 billion. Samsung accounted for 32.7 percent of smartphone sales during the quarter while its main competitor Apple owned 17.3 percent.
In response to the huge demand for mobile phones in Africa, Samsung has already established 330 service centres across Africa to service the Galaxy S4 as it comes with a 24-month warranty that covers without any charge any problems experienced during the guarantee period.
George Ferreira, the Vice-President and chief Operations Officer for Samsung Electronics Africa told the hundred or so attendees at the convention centre launch that the warranty was “with no questions asked, and which is a world-first.”
Among the countries hosting the service centres are: Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Mauritius, Ghana, Uganda, Senegal, Cote d’Ivorie, Sudan, Angola, Tanzania, Botswana and Mozambique.
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.