Africa Telecom People recently celebrated the leading telecoms players operating on the African continent in an awards ceremony held in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.
Following an in-depth review by renowned telecommunications consultants and the Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), the certifying body for the ATP Awards, Orange Botswana was ranked “Best Mobile Operator for Southern and Eastern Africa”, recognizing its robust and excellent performance both in Botswana and set against worldwide and African benchmarks in 2007.
This recognition rewards Orange’s constant efforts to satisfy its clients, partners and staff, while reflecting the brand’s commitment to building a better model for telecommunications in Africa as a genuine driving force for the continent’s development.
Mamadou Bamba, Orange Botswana’s CEO, said, “This is a great accolade for our customers and recognition of the sterling performance of everyone in the team at Orange Botswana. Our people innovated and excelled in all areas over the past 12 months and we are all elated to be recognized as one of the best breed in Africa for our performance in 2007.”
Africa Telecom People, the leading event for the telecommunications world in Africa, aims to promote the development of this sector by creating a framework for exchange, information, discovery and competition between all the players concerned. The organization covers all aspects of this sector, from fixed and mobile telephone companies to internet service providers, equipment manufacturers, regulators and solutions vendors.
In February, the company, which has been growing at a tremendous speed for the last four years by pushing its subscriber base to nearly 600,000, launched the BlackBerry wireless solution in Botswana. The move will enable customers to enjoy the freedom and productivity benefits of using a BlackBerry smart phone to access email, browse the web, make phone calls, send and receive text and picture messages, as well as access thousands of applications when on the move.
The BlackBerry solution enables enhanced communications and increased employee productivity for those on the move, offering Orange’s enterprise customers the ability to achieve a competitive advantage. Consumers using BlackBerry┬« smart phones will also enjoy the flexibility of being able to stay connected to people and information while on the go.
The BlackBerry solution provides exceptional functionality and performance together with an intuitive user experience. “We are happy to announce and launch Blackberry…, now our customers can stay connected to their communications anywhere in Botswana whenever they wish with absolute freedom and flexibility,” Bamba said.
RIM is the company behind the popular and proven BlackBerry solution, which provides businesses and individuals with easy-to-use wireless access to email, phone, Internet, text messaging, organiser and other mobile data applications.
Orange is offering the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution for the enterprise market and BlackBerry Internet Service for smaller businesses and individual users. Orange is also providing a choice of three BlackBerry smart phones for its customers: the BlackBerry Pearl 8100, the BlackBerry 8700 and the BlackBerry┬« CurveÔäó 8310.
Corporate customers can set up BlackBerry smart phones to integrate with their enterprise systems using BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which is installed behind the corporate firewall and offers advanced security and IT management features. BlackBerry Enterprise Server tightly integrates with IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise to provide push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.
BlackBerry Internet Service is available for smaller businesses and individuals that use a web based email solution. This service allows customers to access up to 10 supported POP3 or IMAP4 accounts, including most popular ISP accounts such as Gmail and Yahoo Mail.