Godfrey Efeurhobo, new Managing Director of Smile Communications Nigeria Limited Wednesday says the technology company is no longer an Internet Service Provider (ISP) as he outlines plans by the “full-fledged communications company” to provide voice services in Nigeria.
Efeurhobo dropped this hint in Lagos when the company launched its 8kobo per second call tariff plan for voice services that can be bundled on regular Internet data subscriptions on Smile Communications network.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]“All SmileVoice calls are charged in MBs to your active data bundle and equates to a local kobo/second call rate. As an example, when you have an active 10GB Anytime SmileData bundle and make local SmileVoice calls, these calls are charged in MBs to your data bundle and your effective call rate per second is 8kobo – low call rates and an easy-to-use voice service’’, Vanzyl adds.[/quote]Golfview Hotel in Ikeja, venue of the launch of the new voice tariff plan, also featured the ‘formal unveiling’ of Godfrey Efeurhobo as the new Managing Director of Smile Communications Nigeria Limited.
Prior to this, Smile Nigeria had announced that it made the first Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call in Nigeria during the beta testing of its voice service in October 2015.
Meanwhile, the new MD says the introduction of Smile voice services has distinguished its services from an ISP company to a full-fledged communications provider in the Nigerian market.
According to Efeurhobo, Smile Nigeria has been granted a Universal Access Service Licence, UASL, that allows ”us to offer all various services any communications company in the world can offer.
”The superiority of the Smile data network makes people think that we are an ISP company, but we have unveiled our Smile voice to distinguish our service from ISP and position ourselves as a full-fledges communications provider”, the Smile MD told newsmen at the media briefing in Lagos.
The Smile MD claims that the Smile Nigeria voice service is the cheapest call tariff in the country at 8k/sec and lets its customers “call anyone, to any number anywhere in Nigeria and the world.’’
He says that ”I am proud to announce the introduction of the lowest call tarrif in Nigeria. You can make call and receive call at local rate at any country in the world.”
He also outlines that with the new service, ”we have introduced SmileVoice to our customers who can now use SmileVoice from a VoLTE-enabled handset with Smile SIM card or downloading the SmileVoice App on their Android or Apple iPhone device.”
According to the Smile communication MD, the SmileVoice App is a world-first, free mobile app that gives its customers access to super clear voice calls over the company’s 4G LTE network without need for a VoLTE handset.
What this means is that costumers have opportunities to make VOLTE calls either by using a VoLTE phone or using a non-VOLTE phone through the introduction of the SmileVoice app, he adds.
With the SmileVoice app, you can connect to any data network in the world to make call to anyone at the local call rate, according to the company’s MD.
The Smile Nigeria 4G LTE mobile broadband service span eight cities in Nigeria with plans to roll out to more cities and hinterland in the country, Efeurhobo says.
”Smile is Nigeria’s premier 4G LTE operator with coverage in eight cities, with plans to roll out services in more cities in Nigeria.”
”To start using SmileVoice, users can get a Voiceover LTE (VoLTE) enabled handset and insert their Smile SIM card or they can download the free SmileVoice app on their mobile to enjoy clear calls that connects one time”, Nicolen Vanzyl, Group Head of Communication and Marketing at Smile Communication says, while explaining how its calls are charged.
“All SmileVoice calls are charged in MBs to your active data bundle and equates to a local kobo/second call rate. As an example, when you have an active 10GB Anytime SmileData bundle and make local SmileVoice calls, these calls are charged in MBs to your data bundle and your effective call rate per second is 8kobo – low call rates and an easy-to-use voice service’’, Vanzyl adds.