DIT Systems and SMART Telecom
launch new Smart infotainment service
Digital Innovation Technology Systems (ISTD) Ltd. (“DIT Systems”), developer, integrator and aggregator of sophisticated VAS and telecommunications solutions, have partnered with Smart East Africa, the people’s network, to launch a range of infotainment services for customers in Burundi. From July, 13, 2017, SMART subscribers will get an access to various entertainment and informative content, such as weather forecasts, currency exchange rates, wise quotes from historical figures and interesting facts of the world, via SMS.
The initial 5 services will be branded as:
Service is available via short number 555. To subscribe user should just dial *555*8#, using any model of smartphone or feature phone. After that he or she receives one SMS of each category a day. Additional SMS can be requested with special commands.
DIT Systems and Smart East Africa plan to introduce a whole range of engaging content services in such topics as education, healthcare, career tips, relationship tips, cooking ideas and so on.
About Smart East Africa
SMART Group is headquartered in Uganda with additional operations in Burundi and Tanzania.
Smart combines innovative, customer-focused products and services with East Africa’s only unified network operating in Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda. Since entering the region, Smart has already surpassed 1 million subscribers, and continues to invest in upgrading and expanding its network, having already invested $50 million to date. Smart is the true “people’s network”, committed to providing products and services that meet the evolving needs and aspirations of East Africans, to building human capacity and to improving the wellbeing of communities in the region.
Smart’s major shareholder is the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), part of the Aga Khan Development Network. AKFED builds economically sound enterprises and promotes entrepreneurship in the developing world. Providing employment opportunities and improving the lives of East Africans, AKFED’s investments in the region include the SEACOM submarine cable venture, Serena Hotels, Diamond Trust Bank, Jubilee Insurance Group, the Tsavo and Bujugali power plants, and the Nation Media Group. AKFED has extensive knowledge and experience in the telecommunications industry as the majority shareholder of Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider and a significant stakeholder in TCell, the leading operator in Tajikistan.
The Partners plan to expand the list of offered content significantly. “We see our task as to provide Smart East Africa’s customers with a high quality content, which will not only entertain the subscribers, but will also allow them to learn and develop”, – explains Viachyslav Ostrovsky, CEO of DIT Systems. – «It will also help to support Smart East Africa in strengthening its competitive advantage and contribute to the growth of incremental revenues and ARPU”.
“There are many mobile subscribers in Burundi who don’t have constant Internet access. In the same time, it’s hard to plan your daily routine without, for example, weather forecast. Or, in other situation, you could be busy at your farm, or giving care to your little children, and it doesn’t allow you to be in Internet every day. But it doesn’t mean, that you should stay in the limits of your everyday routine. You can just subscribe to our services and get new fascinating facts or wise advice from world famous people on a daily basis”, - comments Olga Kornyeva, DIT Systems Head of Marketing and PR.