BARCELONA, Spain, February 11 /PRNewswire/ --
- The innovative InRoam technology platform used in Celtel's 'One
Network' in Africa; nominated for 2008 Global Mobile Award
MWC 2008 -- Pyro Networks, a mobile technology solutions provider, announces its GSM roaming solution, InRoam. Addressing issues and challenges surrounding roaming with pre-paid mobile subscribers, InRoam offers a platform with features such as a Local Number System, NetInfo, SMS Billing and Local Recharge.
The goal of InRoam is to make roaming across various networks and countries seamless -- as if the subscriber has never left their home network. Using InRoam, subscribers can transfer airtime, receive and send messages with ease across borders and have the added value of having their short code services in the home network recognized when roaming. Additionally, operators wanted a way that subscribers could carry their "Home-Experience" while roaming and be able to simply recharge pre-paid account when roaming.
"Globally, the prepaid segment is estimated to be around 65%. However, in certain countries like Uganda, the prepaid mobile user segment is as high as 98%," says SM Reddy, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Pyro Networks. "Our InRoam platform solves challenges the operators are facing in an easy way and has helped operators increase roaming MoU, ARPU and customer acquisition."
Currently, the InRoam technology is being used in Zain's African subsidiary Celtel. Branded as "One Network", the service allows over 400 million subscribers across the continent to stay connected via borderless roaming. Zain is also in the process of expanding "One Network" into Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan & Iraq with roll-outs expected 1H 2008. "As a part of 'One Network' offer we allow our customers to move freely across geographic borders making calls and sending SMS at local rates, while receiving incoming calls free of charge. The InRoam platform enables our customers to top-up their prepaid phones easily with locally-purchased airtime cards, easily available in over 500,000 points of sale across the continent," Mr. George Held, "One Network" Program Director of the Zain Group explains. "The 'One Network' service is automatically activated upon crossing into any of 'One Network' countries, with no prior registration required or sign-up fee charged."
"Zain Group has been successfully using the InRoam technology as a part of our 'One Network' service offering. Since its launch in December 2006, over 3 million people have utilized this service. In November 2007 we added 6 more countries to the 'One Network' and now offer the possibility for nearly half of Africa's population to make calls at local rates across 12 countries throughout the continent," Mr. Held adds.
About Pyro Networks
Pyro Networks, a mobile technology solutions provider, is an agile, thinking company whose track record is known to some of the best carriers and vendors across the world such as: Airtel, BSNL, Celtel -- a subsidiary under the Zain Group, Hutch (now Vodafone), Idea Cellular, Nokia, Reliance, Tata Teleservices, Vodacom, Zantel and Tigo. Pyro Network's premier technology platform, InRoam, is a unique solution that helps to create a seamless roaming environment for pre- and post-paid subscribers through innovative features such as local recharge facilitating recharge of an IN network prepaid account in the home network of the subscriber when roaming. In Africa, Pyro Network's InRoam platform is seen as the industry frontrunner. By virtue of its abilities to customize and integrate, Pyro Network has helped service providers deliver better value and enhanced customer loyalty and revenues. http://www.pyrogroup.com.
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Charlotte Rubin, +1-858-775-7621, firstname.lastname@example.org, for Pyro Networks