I will be quick and to the point on this one. A consultative forum was called by Mobile Monday in-conjunction with the ICT Board as a follow up to the Mobile Web East Africa conference that was seeking to explore synergies going forward between local developers, PRSP’s and mobile network operators.
The call was sent to various tech list and to all the mobile operators to send reps. For the tech community, it was a chance to meet the decision makers and understand their point of view and get advice from guys who have been there and done that. The top cream of PRSP’s were present – head honchos, Ken Njoroge of Cellulant, Kiran Dhadialla of IMS and Moses of Adtel and gave some interesting input on how best to work with the operators. Ken and Moses also challenged the networks somewhat all inline to developing and expanding the streams of revenue.
Back to why Safaricom will continue to dominate…simple. They sent three senior representatives while the other operators sent a hitherto unprecedented but not surprising total of zero (0) reps. Heads in the sand trying to come up with a new tariff perhaps? The game is changing guys, you need to wake up.
Bits of the recorded proceedings will be uploaded after the iHub launch that is happening today