Skyroam SIMO and Africa mobile operator Smile Telecom form strategic partnership to provide improved mobile data services in Africa

Posted on: 02 July 2019

On June 18th 2019, Smile Telecoms, a Pan-African 4GLTE telecommunications group with operations in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formally entered into a partnership with Skyroam Simo, the world’s leading mobile Platform as a Service (PaaS) company providing global data access services. This is a great partnership enable more Africa mobile users to seamlessly connect to the best 4GLTE mobile network with improved coverage, faster speed, and more flexible plans.

SIMO App emerges at the right time to bring access and affordability to mobile data for millions of Africans struggling today with expensive Internet prices that keep them out of the market entirely. Skyroam SIMO and its unique Virtual-eSIM™ technology can deliver seamless 4G data connection to any user automatically switch to the best 4G network nearby, ensuring the best reliability and speed.

In addition to creating a new way to access data for consumers, Skyroam SIMO helps carriers to develop their market at nearly “zero” cost by improving the efficiency of acquiring new customers, to ease the hassle of traditional sales channels, and to drive more value by improving the relationship with their customers. This partnership between Smile and SIMO will enable more Smile users to leverage Skyroam’s platform of over 135 countries and 200 mobile networks with best coverage and speed, is a big leap forward amongst Africa operators.

The partnership also gives International customers from various countries in the world who use Skyroam devices the opportunity to roam on Smile 4GLTE network in all countries of Smile presence.

“Smile is a leading 4GLTE carrier in Africa and we are always open to new and innovative technologies to bring continued value add and benefits to our users. Our partnership with Skyroam SIMO will leverage its leading position in global virtual sim platform and together bring the best service and value to our pan-African users.”

Ahmad Farroukh, Smile’s Group CEO.

While most mobile phone brands in the market are trying to solve this core problem through complicated dual SIM dual Standby technology, Skyroam SIMO was developed on the belief that the best solution is through simplicity and strong partnerships. SIMO have invested in long-term R&D with leading manufacturer of mobile chips company MediaTek, to have the patented Virtual-eSIM™ technology embedded in all MediaTek 4G chips used by manufacturers.

“Skyroam Simo will work with Smile Telecom, a great partner who continue to believe to bring value to its users as a long term strategy, together we will meet the needs of more people in Africa and bring explosive growth in mobile data usage. We will continue to innovate together with leading partners around the world to meet the demands of users where mobile data is becoming a must-have that impact our daily lives.”

Jing Liu, Founder and CEO of Skyroam.

About Smile Telecoms Holdings

Founded in 2007 and incorporated in Mauritius, Smile is a pan-African telecommunications group with operations in Nigeria (Smile Communications Nigeria), Tanzania (Smile Communications Tanzania), Uganda (Smile Communications Uganda) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Smile Communications DRC). Smile has a single transformative objective of using the best and most innovative technologies to provide its customers with fast, reliable, high-quality, easy-to-use and affordable communication services.

In 2012, the company launched Africa’s first 4G LTE commercial network in the 800MHz band (ITU “band 20”) in the East African market, starting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and then Kampala, Uganda. This was followed by the launch of West Africa’s first 4G LTE commercial network, also in band 20, starting in Ibadan and then Lagos, Nigeria.

Smile’s vision and mission is to be the 4G LTE voice and data provider of choice in all its markets and to enable its customers to benefit fully from the Internet world with data and voice services.

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About Skyroam

Skyroam based in Silicon Valley with offices throughout Europe and Asia, is a leading Platform-as-a-Service company providing its leading Virtual-eSIM™ technologies and services to users around the world. Its platform enable mobile terminals such as Smart Phones, Personal WiFi Hotspots, Laptops, Cars, and other IOT devices to be able to access 4G local data seamlessly without the need of a physical SIM card or be hindered with expensive data roaming cost. Its platform currently support over 135 countries with over 200 carrier networks, bringing cross network data access via a software client which can be integrated into any MediaTek and/or Qualcomm modem chips. Skyroam have raised over $50M USD and recently closed its C round backed by leading global venture and strategic investors.

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