yuMobile selects Tata Communications as its sole provider of international voice

by p b    Sep 22, 2011

Tata Communications, a communications service provider, and Essar Telecom Kenyay (uMobile), a unit of Essar Group, announced the signing of an agreement, where yuMobile will, exclusively, route all its international voice traffic through Tata Communications’ network. yuMobile continues to be one of the company’s key suppliers of telecommunication services throughout Kenya.

The partnership will allow yuMobile to tap into Tata Communications’ extensive and robust voice infrastructure, enabling it to deliver higher quality international calls at competitive rates to customers in Kenya. Through yuMobile, Tata Communications will benefit from the increasing demand for high quality voice services in Africa generated by a rapid rise in the number of mobile subscribers on the continent.

Catherine Halsam, a wholesale telecoms analyst at Ovum commented, “Ovum’s research shows that there were about 550 million mobile connections in Africa at the end of 2010 and we expect this number to almost double to just shy of 1 billion by 2016. ”

Madhur Taneja, Country Manager, yuMobile says: “We understand the importance of tying up with partners who can deliver the best in their field of expertise”. Working with Tata Communications ensures that we’re able to deliver the highest call service quality to our customers today, and in the future, as our subscriber base grows. Having access to Tata Communications’ extensive global network and advanced voice traffic management tools allow us to focus on our core business and the latest mobile technology advancements, giving us the competitive edge in the booming African mobile market.”

Michel Guyot, President of Global Voice Solutions, Tata Communications, says: “Becoming yuMobile’s sole provider for international voice termination is a unique deal for us in Africa. Africa represents one of the strongest growth opportunities in the voice sector and our experience in the region means that we are ideally placed to help yuMobile build its business in Kenya. The solutions that we offer enable our customers to become more competitive in their regions by reducing costs, streamlining operations and improving service quality, while allowing them to focus on core services.”