Samsung prepares for new phase of growth in Nigeria

The electronics manufacturer is streamlining its operations across the continent to achieve greater operational efficiencies

AudioAge – Lagos, Nigeria – January 18, 2018 – Samsung Electronics West Africa (SEWA) is refocusing its vision and strategy for Nigeria, the West African sub-region and the continent in general. The exercise, the company said, is geared towards stimulating a higher level of operational efficiency, with the overarching objective of providing customers with the highest quality products, sales and services. Through this process, the company will shore up its market leadership position across the continent.

As a dynamic and innovative organisation, SEWA is constantly exploring ground-breaking ways of providing its customers with best-in-class products, sales, support and marketing functions, said President and CEO, Samsung Electronics, Africa, Mr. Sung Yoon.

“We wish to reiterate our commitment to this market and our focus on delivering the highest quality products, service, and support, for which our customers have come to admire us. We can assure all our stakeholders that, as an organisation, we have gained useful insights from events of our recent past, both positive and negative, and are confident that the lessons learned will help propel us into our next phase of growth,” he commented.

A Legacy of High Quality Products

Yoon said since Samsung began operations in Nigeria in 2005, it has created a niche for itself by offering high-quality products. This has impacted positively on the Nigerian economy in various ways, such as fostering knowledge/technology transfer and creating employment directly and indirectly for millions of Nigerians. The company has also been heavily invested in corporate social responsibility in areas such as education, environmental sustainability and economic empowerment, through the numerous CSR projects it has undertaken.

Investing in Education

In Nigeria, Samsung has invested significantly in its partnership with the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, through which it is helping to equip the country’s youth with the technical skills they need to transform their lives and contribute to the development of the country.

The Samsung Engineering Academy enrolls over 1000 students yearly across various countries in Africa with the aim of closing the gap between skills and demand in the job market. Graduates have a 40% job placement track record, while others go on to pursue further higher education, training or start their own businesses.

“Samsung’s aim is to build successful partnerships in Nigeria to equip the country’s youth with the technical skills they need to transform their lives and contribute to the development of the country,” says Mr. Sung Yoon, President and CEO, Samsung Electronics Africa. He adds that the Samsung Engineering Academy revolutionizes traditional education by providing technical and vocational training for school leavers, tertiary students and unemployed youth.

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Airtel Excites Customers With 10x Bonus in SmartRecharge Offer

AudioAgeLagos, Nigeria – 09 November 2017 – Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, is promoting freedom and bonding among friends and family this season with the launch of a new offer tagged SmartRecharge.

SmartRecharge, which can be enjoyed by both new and existing customers of Airtel offers ten times the value of their recharge whenever they reload their lines through the *220*PIN# recharge string.

For instance, a recharge of N100 will earn a customer N1,000 value, valid for three days. A recharge of N200 will earn a customer N2,000 value, valid for seven days. While for a recharge of N1000, a reward of N17,500 (N10,000 plus N7,500 extra data) is given, valid for 14 Days. Value can be utilized for data and calls to all networks.

The telco stated that the package offers customers unconstrained connection to friends, family, and business associates through voice and data whenever they recharge their lines.

According to Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Ahmad Mokhles, the introduction of SmartRecharge is in line with the company’s commitment to creating specific value offerings that will give telecoms consumers real value and enable them to stay connected to those they love as well as their business associates.

“Yuletide is special as it brings family and friends together to enjoy the best life offers. Airtel’s SmartRecharge offering is designed to engender happiness, freedom and encourage Nigerians to express love in celebration of Yuletide,” he said.

Customers can check their SmartRecharge account balance by dialing *123#.

The offer is available to new and existing prepaid subscribers on the Airtel network. Terms and conditions apply.


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Airtel’s SmartConnect offers 100% value of recharge as bonus data

…Customers to get x8’ Bonus on every Recharge

AudioAge – Lagos, Nigeria – 08 August 2017 – Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, is offering 100 percent value of a customer’s recharge as extra data in addition to the 8 times instant bonus customers get on every recharge.

With the new SmartConnect package, Airtel customers will receive bonus data that is commensurate to the total value of their recharge at the end of a calendar month and also get eight times the value of every recharge, instantly, any time they recharge their lines.

Airtel’s SmartConnect, which is nicknamed ‘Ovajara x8’, is the default prepaid plan specifically designed for new customers on the network.

According to Airtel, the newly revamped SmartConnect package is conceived to empower more telecoms consumers to stay connected with friends, family members, and business associates, also offering them an amazing mobile Internet experience as they engage the larger world.

Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Ahmad Mokhles, said Airtel is committed to creating value offerings that will enrich and transform the lives of Nigerians, noting that the SmartConnect value offering is practical and relevant just as it is designed to suit the lifestyle of telecoms consumers.

“With the revamped SmartConnect package, Airtel is putting power in the hands of telecoms consumers so that they can do much more, achieve much more and actualize their dreams,” Mokhles said.

With SmartConnect 4.0, when a customer buys a new SIM, registers and inserts it in a device, he/she begins to enjoy the Ovajara 8 times bonus and in addition gets the total value of his recharge as data bonus by end of the month.

For instance, if a customer recharges with N200, he/she gets N200 in his main account and receives a bonus of N500 for voice calls, N500 for data, with an additional N200 airtime to call family & friends, and an extra bonus of N200 for social (WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook and BBM), which makes a total of N1600 airtime on every N200 recharge. As additional benefit, the customer then receives data bonus worth N200 at the end of the month.

A recharge of N1000 gives N2,500 bonus for calls to all networks, another N2,500 bonus for data (500MB) and N1000 airtime for calls to family & friends. Customers will also receive extra N1000 airtime for access to social media. By the end of the month, data bonus of N1000 is given to the customer.

The airtime in the main account will remain valid until exhausted while all bonuses have a 7-day validity. Customers can roll over all bonuses as long as they recharge within 7 days else all unused bonuses will be lost.

Subscribers only get the data bonus for the first three months, while the ‘Ovajara’ 8 times bonus continues. Any recharge less than N200 on SmartConnect 4.0 does not attract data bonus, which is given at the end of the month as total value of recharge, but enjoys only the ‘Ovajara’ 8 time bonus.

Customers can dial *126*PIN# to recharge and dial*123# to check account balance.


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Airtel Rewards Outstanding Business Partners in Style

AudioAge – LAGOS, Nigeria – 05 September 2016 –  Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has honoured its outstanding business partners, in grand style, at its annual 2016 Smart Partners’ Awards.

Airtel says the recognition is in line with its commitment to reward exceptional business performances, and also to motivate and encourage its trade partners.

At the colourful awards’ dinner, which held at the prestigious Oriental Hotel, last week, the Airtel trade partners were recognized in different categories in recognition of their outstanding performances.

Lagos-based A.G Cellular Nig. Ltd and Akwa-Ibom-based Idems Ultimate Ltd., emerged winners of the CEO Excellence Awards, each smiling home with the grand prize of brand new 2017 Ford Explorer SUV.

Can’t Stop Nig. Ltd, Alennsor Infinity Nig. Ltd, Hanope-Blitz Nig. Ltd. and Awake Interlink Nig. Ltd. were awarded with N5m worth credit note for being champions of the Airtel Lagos, North, South and West Regions respectively.

Managing Director, A.G Cellular Ltd, Mr. Anthony Mutiu and Senior Manager for Idems Ultimate Ltd, Ubong Imoh, received the grand prizes on behalf of their companies.

Other partners were recognized and rewarded as Best Channel Partners in Data products; Best in Customer Service Delivery and Best Alternative Channel Partners.

Speaking during the event, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, applauded the partners for their persistence, loyalty and positive impact on the business despite the nation’s current economic situation.

“Tonight, we are celebrating a winning partnership that works. Every Channel Partner is deserving of recognition and award. At Airtel Nigeria, we are very clear in what our vision is, which is to enrich lives and create prosperity for everyone. We aim to be the best Internet Company in Nigeria that is why we have committed so much resource to our network in the last few years.

“We urge all our partners to convert this investment into value by bringing more value-adding customers to the network. And I hope that we have been able to add value to the various customers and partners,” he noted.

President, Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Mrs. Nike Akande, commended Airtel Nigeria for rewarding its business partners.

“The best way to get the best out of people is to acknowledge and reward them when they do well. I am confident that this will spur your Business Partners to do more.

“All the partners of Airtel Nigeria brought their innovation and creativity into the business in Nigeria in spite of the economic situation. And I want to congratulate Airtel for its success as leading telecoms services provider in Nigeria,” She said.

Airtel brand Ambassadors, Tuface Idibia; comedian Akpororo; The Voice Nigeria finalists, Cornel and Viveeyan, and the Xplicit Dance Group thrilled guests with scintillating performances at the event.


Airtel Offers Customers 90% off Roaming Rates, Other Discounts

…Customers to Dial *789# to Enjoy 90% Off Roaming Services

AudioAge – LAGOS, Nigeria – 10 August 2016 – Leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, is offering customers up to 90% off roaming rates and other amazing discounts on its newly repackaged Roam & Home Bundle plan.

The Roam & Home Bundle plan is specifically designed to make travelling more enjoyable and also empower telecoms consumers to stay connected with business associates, family and friends while overseas.

According to Airtel, the new value offering allows customers to roam at a hugely discounted rate on 33 selected networks in 27 countries, also offering bundle balance that can be used locally or when a customer returns home.

With the Airtel Roam & Home, customers can receive calls and SMS without charge and account balance can be requested by dialling *123*3#.

Customers can subscribe to the Roam & Home Bundle by dialing *789#. The service can be activated either at home or abroad by dialing the Shortcode.

The minimum bundle of N5, 000 comes with 7 days validity while subscription with validity of 30 days begins from N10, 000. Customers get daily notifications on usage after subscription.

Customers can make calls back home to Nigeria while abroad (roaming) across the 27 countries for as low as N60/20secs. In addition to this, customers also receive calls and SMS free (T&C apply). And when back in Nigeria, customers can also use the balance in their Roam and Home bundle to make calls at local rate.

Commenting on the package, the company’s Chief Commercial Officer, Ahmad Mokhles, noted that Airtel is committed to partnering Nigerians on every international trip, ensuring that they get real value and also enjoy seamless telephony experience at the best tariff.

With Roam & Home Bundle, customers remain seamlessly connected to their families, friends and business associates and at the same time benefit amazing discounts on the Airtel network, Mokhles added.