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Ayoba Messaging: Everything you need to know about MTN Instant Messaging platform in 2020

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MTN Group in 2019 announced its instant messaging platform – Ayoba. The move has since seen exponential rise in active users with MTN reporting an active 1 million monthly users.

Ridiculous numbers for a new platform in a quite saturated market

Now, if you have literally been self- isolating under a rock due to the Covid-19 pandemic and know nothing about Ayoba. We are all guilty!

You’ll definitely be asking

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A new Facebook or WhatsApp copy or what? Allow me explain in critically plain terms.

If you’re a subscriber, you’ve probably come accross broadcast messages promising 600MB monthly free charge and thinking?

What is Ayoba Instant Messaging?

Ayoba Instant Messaging app

Ayoba is an advanced communications application localised for African and Middle East consumer needs, under an independent Over the Top (OTT) brand with unique features for MTN customers.

“We believe that our customers in Africa and the Middle East deserve a communication platform that expresses our unique voice, honours our rich identity through local languages, and addresses our customers’ specific needs and challenges by offering a data-included offering for MTN users, Mobile Money transfers (coming soon) and locally relevant content via channels,” says MTN Group President and CEO, Rob Shuter.

Basically, Ayoba hopes to connect users together like every other instant messaging platform for Android and iOS however, there’s a catch.

What to do on Ayoba Messaging

It’s different from other messaging apps: you can chat to anyone regardless of whether they have the Ayoba app or not. With Ayoba , you always have total control of who you chat with, by letting you easily block and unblock contacts.

Some of the five(5) key features and offerings from MTN messaging platform, Ayoba include the following:

Chat now: This of course represents the base idea behind its introduction. Ayoba users can instantly send and receive text and voice messages with any of their contacts regardless of device type or network.

Chat with everyone: Unlike Facebook and WatsApp, users on Ayoba can also send SMS text messages with anyone in their contact list, regardless of whether they’ve installed Ayoba or not.

Security: As has become the major concern for internet users, data theft is at its peak. Ayoba however, promises end-to-end encryption which means that messages in a conversation cannot be read by anyone else.

Money transfers: Users on Ayoba will be able to make and receive payments via Mobile Money though this is a feature MTN promises will be coming soon in the near future.

Channel subscriptions: Users can subscribe to Channels, digital programs for locally relevant content across various categeries.

Ayoba has also proved beneficial in providing connections and vital Covid-19 safety information in this part of the world

Just another messaging platform or finally the ‘African future’?

MTN no doubt have seen lots of digital projects fall prey to the new product factor, though with Ayoba still in its infancy, we only have to fold arms akimbo and hope it stands the test of time.

Recall the 2go social networking app which as an African startup made all the headlines and had all the features and support and all kept us on our toes? Hopes were buzzing. Well, not until WatsApp came along to play.

Little can be pointed as possible reasons for its decline however, two things are definite, they either failed to evolve or just got swamped in the ocean of competition.

MTN though has revealed it has quite futuristic plans for its Ayoba Messaging platform.

“Ayoba is also working on building an open digital platform that will enable third-party innovation. This will ensure that we offer a rich diversified experience on the platform, enabling us to deliver more value to our users, empower local developers and create local experiences that are optimised for local communities,” explains David Gilarranz, CEO MTN Digital.

Ayoba Messaging Availability and Language support in Nigeria

The platform which was launched earlier last year is now operational in more than 8 MTN markets, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo Brazzaville, Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Afghanistan and South Africa with Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Benin and Rwanda the major additions this year.

The app supports many local languages spoken across the MTN markets including isiZulu, isiXhosa, Pidgin, Yoruba, Swahili, Hausa, French and English.

How to download Ayoba Messaging App

Ayoba is available across multiple markets on the Google Play Store and via the Ayoba website www.ayoba.me as an OTT offering.

MTN adds that in addition to the number of exciting innovations on the cards, Ayoba plans to expand to the rest of MTN’s markets and other territories across the globe.

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MTN and Ericsson partner to launch 5G Network Connection to South African Cities

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MTN South Africa have today announced the availability of its 5G commercial offering using Ericsson products in the cities of Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

This latest development coming after Telma Madagascar powered by also Ericsson to switch on its 5G commercial network to offer subscribers high-speed services enabled by the new generation of mobile connectivity.

Hol’up, we thought 5G causes Coronavirus??!

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MTN previously upgraded to Evolved Packet Core (EPC) by Ericsson which enabled MTN to launch 5G services based on new radio (NR) non-standalone (NSA) while paving the way for a smooth evolution into NR Standalone and 5G Core (5GC) in future.

Under the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Ericsson committed to provide MTN with radio access network equipment from its Ericsson Radio System portfolio, which enable 5G services on both low- and mid-band. Ericsson’s solutions to MTN also includes the award-winning Ericsson Spectrum Sharing.

The President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, Fadi Pharaon, says: “Today’s event means that the 5G era in South Africa is becoming a reality. Soon, South Africans will be able to experience 5G in their daily lives and witness its positive impact on society and industry. We have a rich history of working in close partnership with MTN and now we are going live with 5G in South Africa.

With many live commercial 5G networks across the globe, we look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with MTN, jointly leading and driving innovation to ensure the digitalization of Africa.”

And no doubt this has been the major headache in Africa with Health sector all having challenges communicating and managing the rising Covid-19 cases especially as a time when video conferencing seems to be the norm.

What to expect…

Two key 5G use cases for the Madagascar market are enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA).

With greater capacity, higher data speeds and reduced latency, 5G will power new experiences for Telma customers, from gaming and entertainment services, to IoT and business applications. Healthcare and education are areas that will deeply benefit from this technology.

Ericsson Spectrum Sharing will enable MTN to quickly launch 5G services over a wide area and successively expand 5G coverage in a tailored way by re-using existing network infrastructure and taking advantage of previous spectrum investments.

MTN can therefore provide 5G commercial services and move towards Standalone (SA) 5G without the need for blanket costly re-investment. Industries such as transportation, healthcare and manufacturing can leverage 5G capabilities to accelerate digital transformation and deploy advanced automation technologies.

What next for 5G in other African Countries?

Ericsson currently has 95 commercial 5G agreements and contracts with unique operators, of which 55 are publicly announced 5G deals, including 43 live 5G networks on five continents.

Public view of the Fifth Generation Tech has been so much distorted in Africa with conspiracy theories relating it to the Covid-19 pandemic doing nothing to quell the fears and misunderstanding.

However, the introduction of the network in major Africa countries will go a long way to either proving the doubters wrong and hopefully correcting any wrong perspective of the Next-Gen tech.

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Cheap Data Plans For MTN, GLO, 9Mobile And Airtel – May 2020

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The world is in hibernation with price and cost of accessing the internet in this part of the world just shot up with many left wondering if we’ll ever have our beautiful life back to normal.

But in the midst of all this, telecoms have been actively rolling out cheap data plans for users to stay up to date on the latest info about the pandemic and just about enjoy online content without fear of running out of data.

We take a look at the data plans you can use during this period to save you more money and make you enjoy surfing the web from the comfort of your home.

Cheap Data plans for MTN

Cheap MTN data plans

MTN last year unveiled a set of new data plans which looks at maximizing your productivity during the week. One of the new plans is the MTN My Offer 2020 data plan.

Now, you can now get 1GB of data for just N200 valid for 7days, 4GB for N1000 valid for 1 month or 250MB for N100 valid for 3 days. You also get a further compatible 7-day 1.5GB data plan at N300.

It continues going strong and working efficiently although this plan is not made available for every MTN subscriber.

Dial *131*65# and *121# to subscribe to each of the plans respectively.

If you’re more familiar with using the MyMtn app, you could get a 2.5GB data for N500 by swiping to the daily data plan section of the app.

Kindly not that the data is valid for only 2 days and can be used on any device be it Android, iOS or even tablets and laptops.

MTN Double Data Offer

A few users are still enjoying the MTN double data offer, while others get 25% extra data after subscribing. However, there’s a quick workaround for this. Simply get a new SIM where you’ll be entitled to get free 4GB data on activation plus 6 months double data offer.

If you are a heavy internet user, you can get 20GB for just N5000 depending on the data plan you choose.

To check your data balance on MTN, dial *131*4#.

Cheap Data plans for Glo

Cheap glo data plans 2020

The grandmasters of data has always been at the frontier of providing their cross-african subscribers with cheap and affordable data plans but one issue still remains…their coverage which is incredibly poor in most locations.

But then you should consider giving them a try if the coverage is fair in your location by using using the Glo special data plan that gives you N200 for 1.2GB to last you for 3 days, and N800 for 5GB to last you for 12days.

Glo heavy users package

Glo also offers a monthly data subscription plan of 7GB for N2000 and 22GB for N3500 for old and existing heavy data users.

Glo Oga Sim gives you 125% bonus data whenever you recharge your line before your current plan expires.

When you recharge with N1000, you get 4.8GB. N2500 gives you 14.4GB to last you for 30 days which you can always roll over.

How To Subscribe to Any Of The Glo Packages

  • For Glo Special data Plan, dial *777# and Select 1
  • Select 1 again and chose 5 (Special data offer)
  • Press 2 for Glo Special Data and you are good to go

For Glo Oga Sim bonus Offer, dial *777# and choose your normal package, make sure you resubscribe before your existing package expires and you’ll get the Oga Sim bonus offer.

To Check your balances on the Glo network, go to hsi.glo.com

Note: Migrate to Yakata before you subscribe to any of the plans above to enjoy more ridiculous bonus offer by dialling *220#.

Glo data consumes a lot of smartphone battery, so when not in use, turn off your data connection.

Cheap Data plans for Airtel

Cheap Airtel data plans 2020

Currently, Airtel users can still get the 600% bonus on-call time or double data bonus + 4G data bonus + Android data bonus if you are getting a new Airtel SIM for 3month.

For a new SIM you’ll get up to 8GB for N1000 Plus free N3500 to call any network or up to 17GB for N2000. All you have to do is simply get a new Airtel SIM, change the IMEI of your old phone and you’ll get free 4GB of data

Dial *141# to subscribe for any package you wish and *140# to check your data balance.

YouTube Streaming Data Plan

It’s quite understandable lots of online content is there for consumption especially now the entire world is witnessing a pandemic.

Are you addicted to streaming on youtube, then the Airtel YouTube data plan is what you should go for:

Recharge N1000 and get 4.5GB data (1.5GB android data + 3GB YouTube streaming)

Recharge N2000 and get 9.5GB data (3.5GB android data + 6GB YouTube streaming)

Recharge N2500 and get 15GB data (5GB android data + 10GB YouTube streaming)

Recharge N3500 and get 17 GB data (7GB android data + 10 GB YouTube streaming)

Recharge N4000 and get 19GB data (9GB android data + 10GB YouTube streaming)

Each of the data will last you for 30 days and the YouTube free data is only usable at night.
Dial *323# and follow the prompt to subscribe

Cheap Data plans for 9mobile

Cheap 9mobile data plans 2020

The Teleology holdings-acquired telecom company has been passing through an administrative problem for some time now with little to no change to their data plans.

You can still get 1GB + free access to social media sites and valid for 1 day and cost N300 or 2GB + free access to social media sites which is valid for 3 days and cost N500.

You can also get 1GB + free social for N500 and valid for 7 days, 7GB + free social and valid for 7 days for N1,500 or 15GB for N5000 valid for 30 days.

Hopefully, the pages will turn in the telecom company’s favor and we start getting cheap and affordable data once again.

Is there any data plan you think we might have ommited from this list? Let us know in the comments section.

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