Communications empowers communities. They enjoy greater independence and increase their overall standard of living by achieving more. However, 4 billion people still have no affordable access to mobile services. Operators know about this huge sales growth opportunity – but converting potential customers into loyal subscribers is a major challenge.
With Equatel Talk™ you can acquire these new subscribers at minimum cost in locations where mobile phone use isn’t practical or possible due to economical or social factors. Using conventional GSM technology, it brings all the benefits of personal mobile services to a public phone – and delivers them in an a affordable manor to everyone.
Subscribers use a SIM card to access the payphone, while carriers retain full control over individual phone usage. The result is rapid, cost-effective telecoms for the world’s most remote and rural communities – which helps secure future market share and increase average revenue per user.
Secondary schools across the country have found the equatel SIM PayPhone a great solution, as children are not allowed a mobile phone; each child has their own SIM card which they just slot into the public phone instantly making it personal to them. Children access their stored numbers, call home, send and receive text messages and have their minutes topped up – so they stay in touch with friends and family. We are now trialling their use in prisons, so in-mates can make out-going calls without the need for cash, and because the phone can be powered by solar, the next step is to investigate off-grid situations in the hills. MTN is using equatel solutions to gain new customers, but most importantly bring social and financial inclusion to communities across Rwanda, where a SIM driven public phone is a practical and robust solution for everyone.