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ONEm extends internet-like services to Africa


London-based high-tech firm ONEm has announced plans to expand the reach of its internet-like services to more Africans who are without internet connectivity or smartphones.

The company says it is currently negotiating licensing rights and partnerships in several countries where it is looking to roll out its technology which is designed to transform ordinary voice and SMS into more powerful interactive tools – much like functions available online.

Christopher Richardson, CEO & Co-Founder of ONEm Communications says use of the company’s technology by developers to create interactive applications for content and services relevant to local market will salvage voice and SMS as they have become less popular among consumers.

“We see our technology more as a renaissance for SMS and Voice. These channels are very secure and the devices robust and cheap.They only lack interactive capabilities. Imagine WhatsApp like capabilities for messaging and voice on a basic mobile with a battery life of 7 days.

ONEm can bring true group calling to these devices. We have now added blockchain technology which is now accessible through SMS. This is revolutionary as a technology for banking and secure contracts.

There is capacity with mobile operators’ legacy networks for voice and SMS and we can transform these into modern communication and service tools.Rural areas can benefit from real banking experiences, e-commerce and content. Our pasteboard service can turn SMS into a Twitter like platform without the overhead.”

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