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LTE Voice Service launched in Nigeria

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Samsung Galaxy s6 Edge.

Smile Communications Nigeria, in partnership with Samsung Electronics West Africa, has launched a LTE voice over broadband service in the country.

According to both parties: “This is proof that the LTE ecosystem is set to become the global standard for delivering voice over LTE networks, revolutionising the way mobile communication is enabled in Nigeria and West Africa.”

Part of the promise of the new technology is high quality and improved voice and video communications, enabling faster, better video calls, faster music, video streaming and conferencing, faster downloads and more pictures. A bonus for consumers to do more and an end to the frustration of drop calls.

According to Smile, the giant stride is in line with Smile’s vision of providing superfast and reliable internet service to Nigerians.

Managing Director, Smile Communications Nigeria Limited, Michiel Buitelaar, while speaking at the service and product launch in Lagos described the partnership as historic and will benefit millions of Nigerian telecom subscribers.

Mr. Buitelaar said after securing the US$365 dollars funding, Smile is repositioned to transform Nigerians’ telephony experience.

He said, “This partnership is significant to us in an effort to transform subscribers’
telephony experience. It’s is going to change the face of broadband to assist Nigerians in
their different endeavours.”

“With the US$365 dollars funding, we are ready to double our network output; spread to
different cities and continue enhancing our network capacity by next year. So, we are
excited to work in partnership with Samsung which invests in R&D, understands the market
and has unleashed the first LTE compliant smartphone in Nigeria.”

Also, Director, Information Technology and Mobile, Samsung Electronics West Africa,
Emmanouil Revmatas, underscored the need for both companies to enhance the customer
experience through their product propositions.

According to Revmatas, the Galaxy S6 edge has the world’s first-ever dual curved edge
display, which distinguishes the device as the ultimate premium Smartphone.

“This partnership with Smile on S6 edge is the first of its kind in Nigeria, offering
consumers the opportunity to drive productivity with a unique smartphone coupled with the
4G experience that Smile LTE network offers.

A joint statement signed by Alero Ladipo, Chief Marketing Officer, Smile Nigeria and
Emmanouil Revmatas, Director, Information Technology and Mobile, Samsung Electronics West
Africa, says there is the need for both companies to enhance the customer experience
through their product propositions. The statement underscored the noble pedigree and
innovative streak of both companies which they are determined to harness in serving the
best interest of their customers. The offer will be available at all Smile Stores and some
selected Samsung stores.

Speaking on the partnership, Mrs. Ladipo stated that Smile Communications is
specifically focused on the importance of partnerships of this nature to deliver on the
end-to-end needs of the customer. “The customer experience at our shops should create a
lasting impression with the customer. A customer must enjoy the simplicity of the service
and leave ready-to-go. Our partnership with Samsung gives the customer the opportunity to
own the latest Samsung LTE compliant smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S6 edge with a Samsung
complimentary clear cover), a 5GB bundle SmileOn plan for a fixed price,” Ladipo added.

Staff Writer

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