Mar 24, 2017 Last Updated 10:30 AM, Mar 24, 2017

Solar lamps lighting up rural Africa

ABN – Solar lights are becoming more and more common in rural Africa, improving safety and activity after dark in villages off the national grid.

Now three organisations are teaming up to bring a new kind of solar lamp to Zimbabwe, Zambia and Senegal.

Window manufacturer the VELUX Group, solar light company Little Sun and not-for-profit organisation Plan International will distribute 14,500 Natural Light solar lamps throughout the three countries between late 2015 and early 2016.

The lamp’s design was determined through an international design competition launched by VELUX and Little Sun last year, which received 172 proposals from 65 different countries.

The competition’s aim was to design a light that could bring clean, reliable, affordable light to some of the 1.3 billion people worldwide living without electricity.


Tigo Africa gains better understanding of Ghana’s market

ABN – Tigo Africa’s Customer Operations Director Ingeborg Nieuwenhuis has completed a one week visit to Ghana.

Ingeborg visited various customer segments to gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Ghanaian market.

Staff and customers met Ingeborg at the company’s flagship store on Barnes road, the Accra Mall and Spintex road.

Stephen Essien, Tigo Ghana director for Customer Service, said: “The competition within the Ghana telecom market is very keen and now more than ever it is about offering customers a hassle-free shopping experience and a smooth business transaction.

“Our focus as a business now, is to anticipate and meet both customer needs and wants.

“We regularly conduct voice of the customer research visits such as this to hear about the changing needs of customers.”


Bharti Airtel launches app challenge

ABN – Bharti Airtel (NSE: BHARTIARTL) has announced a new application challenge to attract the ‘next big app developers’.

Bharti Airtel has partnered with Singtel (ASX: SGT) and Samsung to launch the challenge, which seeks to attract developers in Africa and Asia.

Airtel Africa CEO Christian de Faria said: “This initiative is a great opportunity for developers in Africa to come up with innovative mobile apps that directly touch individual consumer’s needs.

“We hope to partner with like-minded individuals who will come forward and work together with us to come up with apps that will help us deliver the best smartphone experience for customers.”

Airtel will provide operational support by running the campaign and Singtel and Samsung will organise a two-day mentorship programme for the winners.


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