Toronto Stock Exchange listed Sandvine has announced it is providing Econet Wireless Zimbabwe with network policy control products to roll out new service packages for the growing demand for mobile data. Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the largest subsidiary of Econet Group, serves over 8.5 million subscribers on its 3G network and became a Sandvine customer in March 2013. Sandvine is the market leader in Africa with customers in 20 countries across the continent.
Econet Wireless Zimbabwe is using Sandvine’s Usage Management product with plug-and-play capabilities that will enable them to roll out new revenue-generating services for their pre-paid and post-paid subscribers. Sandvine was selected based on its ability to fulfill the technical requirements of usage-based charging over Gy and policy enforcement over Gx, which are critical for rolling out new services such as roaming notifications, bill shock prevention, family plans and data bundles.
“Sandvine’s technical accuracy and scalability gives us confidence that as our network and subscriber adoption continues to grow, so too will our service offerings,” said Leon de Fleuriot, General Manager: Products and Services, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. “We are committed to maintaining our leadership position in Zimbabwe by rolling out new services that meet the growing demand for mobile Internet data across the country.”
Sandvine recently published its semi-annual Global Internet Phenomena Report identifying that video accounts for less than 6% of traffic in mobile networks in Africa but is expected to quickly grow towards the 40% levels seen in other regions.
“The African market is especially unique, as most users are connecting to the Internet for the first time through mobile devices, and using applications like BBM, Facebook and WhatsApp,” said Tom Donnelly, COO, Sales and Global Services, Sandvine. “We expect that Africa will be a fast video adopter and forward-thinking operators like Econet Wireless Zimbabwe are rolling out creative device-and application-based service tiers to drive revenue and increase adoption of mobile Internet.”
Sandvine is provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators.