Swazi Mobile, Swaziland’s recently launched second mobile network, has tapped BICS for its complete range of voice and data roaming services.
BICS has deployed its full roaming outfit to Swazi Mobile, enabling end-users to benefit from international voice and data services, SMS messaging, signalling, IPX and data clearing services. Both incoming visitors to the country and outgoing roamers can now take advantage of BICS’ portfolio of over 700 partnerships worldwide across a 4G network.
There are around 250,000 inbound roamers in Swaziland, with a vast majority (around 98%) travelling from neighbouring countries South Africa and Mozambique. Mobile users in this region will not only benefit from BICS’ one-stop-shop roaming solution, but also its point-of-presence (PoP) in Johannesburg, South Africa, which means that regional traffic will be managed locally. BICS’ local switching provides outstanding quality by reducing latency, which is critical in order to support 4G.
Clémentine Fournier, Regional VP Africa at BICS, said: “We are dedicated to the African continent, and particularly smaller markets within this exciting region, which may not be able to facilitate a full mobile offering. BICS recognised the demand in Africa back in 2014 when we established our PoP in Johannesburg, which we are now able to fully utilise in supporting the launch of Swazi Mobile and the growth in roaming revenue.”
Wandile Mtshali, the CEO at Swazi Mobile said: “The immediate access to over 800 of BICS’ partners will give our customers the ability to roam like never before, and BICS’ PoP in Johannesburg will provide us with a competitive differentiator through service quality.”