Nigerian startup Tizeti launches WifiCall.ng IP voice call service - TechCrunch

Nigerian startup Tizeti launches WifiCall.ng IP voice call service - TechCrunch


Nigerian startup Tizeti launches WifiCall.ng IP voice call service - TechCrunch

Posted: 30 Apr 2019 12:00 AM PDT

Nigeria based startup Tizeti, an internet service provider, today launched WifiCall.ng—an internet voice-calling platform for individuals and businesses.

WifiCall is a VoIP—or Voice over Internet Protocol—subscription service that allows unlimited calls to any phone number, even if that number isn't registered on WifiCall's network.

Tizeti will offer the product in Nigeria for now, with plans to open it up to phone numbers outside Africa's most populous nation and largest economy in 2020.

WifiCall was influenced by popularity of WiFi enabled voice services such WhatsApp, in Africa, and the continent's improving digital and mobile profile.

With its new VoIP product, Tizeti looks to contend with the likes of Skype, WhatsApp, and major telcos.

"On the low end we're competing with the mobile providers. WifiCall gives you a real number and it's cheaper. But we're also offering enterprise options you would not get with a mobile connection or even WhatsApp," Tizeti co-founder and CEO Kendall Ananyi told TechCrunch.

In addition to individual users, businesses and startups can use WifiCall for internal communications or open it up to developers to customize APIs for white-label, customer applications.

WifiCall is available online or for download for free under the "Basic" package. The entry level commercial "Business Unlimited Pro" package—that offers up to 10 users, call recording, and call analytics—goes for ₦15,000, or around $35 a month. 

Nigerian trucking logistic startup Kobo360 is already is a client. Ananyi sees prospective market segments for WifiCall as startups, educational institutions, hotels, gated communities, and "regular users anywhere they have tower coverage," he said.

That last group ties into Tizeti's core business, which is building solar powered towers that offer WiFi service packages and hotspots in and around Lagos and Ogun State, Nigeria. Since its launch from Y Combinator's  winter 2017 batch, the company has installed over 12,000 public WiFi hotspots in Nigeria with 500,000 users. The startup packages internet services drawing on partnerships with West African broadband provider MainOne and Facebook's Express Wi-Fi

Tizeti raised a $3 million Series A round in 2018, led by 4DX Ventures, and has $5.1 million in investment from firms including Golden Palm Investments, YC, and Social Investments.

4DX Ventures co-founder Walter Baddoo sees Tizeti's voice calling as a strategic extension of its connectivity business (noting WifiCall can be used with any IP).

"The core of the company's mission is to bring down the cost of connectivity on the continent by leveraging mobile internet and data networks, WifiCall is a step in that direction" Baddoo told TechCrunch. "Africa is going to leapfrog a lot of the traditional call infrastructure…and WiFi calling…is giving individuals, small-businesses, and large businesses one-stop for much cheaper data-service alongside voice."

Though Sub-Saharan Africa still stands last in most global rankings for smartphone adoption (33 percent) and internet penetration (35 percent), the continent continues to register among the fastest growth in the world for both.

Mobile providers in Nigeria—such as MTN and Glo—are shifting customers from buying anonymous data-bundles to registered sim cards and subscription services. WiFi voice services are also commonly used across the continent for calls. Per We Are Social's 2018 Digital Report, WhatsApp is the most downloaded messenger app across Africa.

On its internet service business, Tizeti has already expanded to Ghana with a consumer facing brand, Wifi-Africa, and looks to offer WifiCall there as soon as it gains regulatory approval—something in process, according to CEO Kendall Ananyi.

The startup is building an LTE network, to compliment its IP network, and plans to expand further into Nigeria with 5G offerings in the near future, according to Ananyi.

Tizeti also plans to open up its WifiCall product to phone numbers outside of Nigeria starting in 2020.  "The way Africa skipped landlines and went straight to mobile, this is us saying the next level for our voice communications is to move toward voice IP networks," Ananyi said.

 

 

FatPipe Announces General Availability of Integrated LTE to its Intelligent Edge SD-WAN Devices - Yahoo Finance

Posted: 22 May 2019 06:03 AM PDT

FatPipe technology allows for seamless failover of sessions including VoIP to LTE without dropping sessions

SALT LAKE CITY, May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- FatPipe Networks, the inventors and multiple patents holder of key SD-WAN technologies, announced the availability of integrated LTE as a WAN option in its intelligent edge SD-WANs. This innovation is designed to assist small branches in having a back up to their fixed line solutions. In addition, customers can also use multiple 4G/LTE connections in locations where they do not have fixed line options.

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FatPipe's SD-WAN provides automatic failover and intelligent load balancing from one line to another without dropping a session or VPN connection. This ensures that a session or a VoIP call is not dropped when a line fails and the session is carried over to another line.

"This is of great value to retail and financial institutions as they do not have to re-start a session or double charge a customer by mistake," said Dr. Ragula Bhaskar, CEO of FatPipe, "FatPipe's LTE option has been available to early adoption customers for a year and now we are formally announcing the general availability. FatPipe is also 5G ready."

FatPipe's Integration of LTE into its Intelligent Edge SD-WAN leverages three of FatPipe's previous innovations:

  1. FatPipe's superior patented SD-WAN technology enables data to be placed on a single line and failed over seamlessly to a second line without dropping the session or packets vs other SD-WAN technologies that either drop the sessions and have to be re-started or have to duplicate the packets on two lines, which places undue burden on bandwidth by double bandwidth needs. Such duplication technology is especially detrimental to LTE and 4G transmissions.
  2. FatPipe's patented Dynamic IP addressing scheme technology, which can use dynamic (not fixed) IP addresses of LTE and aggregate the line with a fixed IP. This reduces monthly costs, especially for LTE cards.
  3. ­FatPipe WAN optimization reduces the amount of data transmitted by 40% to 90%, further reducing LTE costs.

FatPipe's SD-WAN solutions simplify multi-vendor interoperability and include key features that transcend WAN failures to maintain business continuity, including zero-touch branch deployment, hybrid WAN connectivity, tuned application performance, easy integration, granular network visibility, multi-path security, secure full mesh VPN connectivity and flexible centralized policy deployments.

"FatPipe's intelligent edge with 4G directly addresses market demand in our customer base," said Dante Passalacqua, "FatPipe's unparalleled SD-WAN with an integrated modem further simplifies the ease of deployment and creates a cost-effective solution for our customers, especially in retail. We are pleased that FatPipe is very responsive to market needs; FatPipe makes it easy for us to offer our customers the best in class solutions."

About FatPipe Networks

FatPipe Networks invented the concept of software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) and hybrid WANs that eliminate the need for hardware and software, or cooperation from ISPs and allows companies and service providers to control multi-link network traffic. FatPipe currently has 11 U.S. patents and more than 180 technology claims related to multipath, software-defined networking and selective encryption of broadband networks. FatPipe technology provides the world's best intra-corporate wide area network solutions that transcend Internet and other network failures to maintain business continuity and high transmission security. FatPipe, with several thousand customers, has offices in the United States and around the world, and more than 700 resellers worldwide including almost all national resellers in the US. For more information, visit www.fatpipe.com.

 

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Voip Services Market Key Players : West Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Nextiva Inc - Titan Chronicle

Posted: 22 May 2019 01:40 AM PDT

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is being driven by the growth in advanced technology and development of wireless mobile communication system. Moreover, increasing number of portable devices has led to the development is also resulting in the growing demand for VoIP services. Companies providing VoIP services are also constantly updating their services to compete in the global VoIP services market. Availability of high-speed internet infrastructure for speeding up the process of operation for both individual and enterprise is also contributing to the growth of the global market for VoIP services. Enterprises are also expanding, this expansion is expected to drive the demand for an efficient communication system. One of the major factors driving the growth of the global VoIP services market is the increasing adoption of Bring Your Own Device Policy (BYOD) in the companies. BYOD include laptop, tablets, and smartphones. Meanwhile, companies are also developing mobile applications that can work with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

Significant growth in the VoIP services can also be attributed to the increasing usage of advanced portable devices such as phablets. With smartphones replacing computers, companies are focusing on developing VoIP software that can integrate with mobile-specific software and application.

According to the Persistence Market Research, the global market for VoIP services is anticipated to see a strong growth during 2017-2024. By the end of the forecast period, the global VoIP services market is projected to surpass US$190 Billion revenue.

International Long Distance VoIP Calls to Witness Highest Growth in the Global VoIP Services Market

Based on the call type, compared to the domestic VoIP call, international long distance VoIP calls are likely to witness significant growth during 2017-2024. By the end of 2024, international long distance VoIP calls are projected to surpass US$ 120 Billion revenue.

On the basis of service type, Managed IP PBX service is expected to account for the highest share in the global market for VoIP services. Managed IP PBX service is estimated to bring in more than US$ 80 Billion in revenue towards the end of 2024.

Based on the configuration, computer-to-phone is likely to witness the highest growth between 2017 and 2024. Computer-to-phone is also projected to bring in more than US$ 100 Billion revenue by 2024 end.

In terms of end users, a corporate user is likely to emerge as the largest user of VoIP services during 2017-2024. By the end of 2024, corporate users are estimated to exceed US$ 120 Billion revenue.

Asia Pacific to Lead the Global Market for VoIP Services

Geographically, Asia Pacific (APAC) is expected to dominate the global VoIP services market during the forecast period from 2017 to 2024. By 2024 end, APAC is projected to reach close to US$ 100 Billion revenue. The rapid development of network infrastructure and rise in the adoption of 3G and 4G network is driving the demand for VoIP services market.

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Leading Companies in the Global VoIP Services Market

Some of the leading companies in the Global VoIP Services Market are 8×8 Inc., RingCentral Inc., Vonage Holdings Corporation, West Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Nextiva Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., Inphonex LLC, Thinking Phone Networks, Inc., ShoreTel, and Phone Power LLC.

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