Aquiva Wireless has just announced that, in collaboration with Econet, its anticipated VoIP services have officially launched – providing Zimbabwe customers with a cheap and up to date VoIP solution. The service costs six cents per minute for calls within the network, and off-network calls are 12 cents per minute. Competing providers charge nearly four times that, with a minimum of 23 cents per minute for all calls.
The only issue that VoIP operators have seen so far has been obtaining interconnection agreements with GSM and landline operators. Econet has been the most generous in signing these agreements with said providers, and that’s probably better for the VoIP companies anyway; they’ll have access to the 70 percent of mobile market share that Econet controls.
According to a statement received by Techizm, the majority of subscribers are more than satisfied with the service. “The link is stable and has performed well, we have started connecting subscribers to the link and all feedback we have got to date from our subscribers is great,” it said.
The communications world seems like it’s slowly being taken over by VoIP solutions – as far as home and business calling goes, that is. Why keep paying for a landline when most smartphones can have higher-quality, more stable service via Wi-Fi? Beyond that, VoIP platforms are more advanced, deliver more features and provide an overall smoother experience for business and enterprise needs, and the average end-user alike.
VoIP could very well be the future of telecom altogether – consumers can have superior service and up to date hardware at around the same cost, if not cheaper, than traditional means of connectivity.
Aquiva’s decision to get into the VoIP scene – especially in partnership with Econet – should definitely yield some promising results. The main advantage here is the low pricing of the service – customers want VoIP access, but no one wants to pay any more than they have to.
Edited by Jennifer Russell