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MobileWeb supports SMS action for Africa. SMS ‘ja’ – ‘oui’ to 4666

The Horn of Africa is currently hit by one of the severest droughts in 20 years. 12 million people are at risk of starvation as the drought and famine intensifies across Somalia, Ethiopia, North of Kenya and Djibouti. The UN says this could lead to the biggest world food crisis of the 21st century and the different aid organizations are in need of  big support to help the victims.

The 4666 SMS action is a joint initiative of MobileWeb, KPN Group Belgium/Base, Mobistar, Proximus and Telenet and aims to raise money for the different aid organizations.

For every SMS message with the keyword ‘ja’ or ‘oui’ to 4666, 1euro is donated to the organizations. The Belgian mobile operators work together for this project and they support on the services of MobileWeb for the technical part.

Help the victims and send ‘ja’ – ‘oui’ to 4666

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Mobile Messaging Latest news: Telenet, GOF Guidelines and special characters in SMS

MobileWeb announces today 2 important upgrades of our SMS messaging platform:

  • The implementation of Telenet as a separate mobile operator
  • Complete support of special characters such as €, é, à, … in SMS messages

We hereby also inform you officially that as from October 15th 2010 modified GOF Guidelines will apply to SMS services in Belgium. Additionally we introduce you to our new team members.

Finally, please note in your agenda that we organize the 5th edition of the Web Goes Mobile Seminar on Wednesday December 8th, under the theme: « Tablets : new business for media ? »

Telenet : fourth mobile operator

Telenet : fourth mobile operatorSince October 11th, Telenet has become a full MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). This implies that Telenet will now manage on its own infrastructure and billing systems its mobile subscribers. Gradually Telenet will migrate its 170.000 mobile subscribers, who are currently handled by Mobistar, to its own systems.

For you, as a customer, this will not have any impact during the first year. MobileWeb has obtained special conditions for you with Telenet, who stay valid until September 30th 2011 :

  • No extra shortcode fees will be applied
  • You receive refunds or cash collection amounts who are equivalent to the ones from Mobistar

In order to make the transition as smooth as possible, MobileWeb has prepared the past weeks this technical and administrative migration :

  • The technical connection with the Telenet SMS Platform is now fully operational and tested,
  • All existing shortcodes have been activated on this platform and tested by our teams
  • Premium SMS customers will receive as from november 2010 separate refunds or cash collection amounts for Telenet as a separate operator.

Modified GOF Guidelines as from October 15th 2010

Modified GOF Guidelines as from October 15th 2010

Starting October 15th, the Belgian mobile operators will apply modified GOF Guidelines. The key changes of this new version :

  • Treshold of 25 euro alert: Service Provider have to send a free message when the usage per shortcode and per calendar month exceeds 25 euro (effective as from January 1st 2011) (article B2.2)
  • Premium WAP Push messages are not allowed any longer (B.3.2)
  • Subscription services, initiated on the web, have to follow more strict rules in communicating the first opt-in (B.2.5.1)

Please read the entire text of these modified guidelines on our site

Complete support a special characters in SMS

Complete support a special characters in SMS Since October 7th, all SMS connectivity services of MobileWeb support a much broader set of characters in the SMS messages. As a result you can now without any problem send SMS containing characters €, é, è, à, @,…

This character set is supported on all mobile operators and is know as GSM 03.38. A more complete description is available on this link.

Fourth Belgian mobile operator now legally possible

The Parliament has approved a law proposal that makes room for a fourth mobile operator in the Belgian mobile landscape.  Although other candidates are ‘possible’ according to minister Van Quickenborne, it’s a public secret that Telenet is very interested in this licence. 

A fourth licence for the 3G network is now also possible and will be contributed after an auction, probably in the second trimestre of 2010.

A legal frame has also been made for upcoming 4G networks.  By 2015 there should be two 4G licences available.

Telenet starts with combined sales offer

Although combined sales are allowed for a few months now, there aren’t that many offers on the market yet.  Telenet is one of the first large telecom players starting a combined offer.  When ordering a “Walk & Talk 20” subscription at 20 Euro a month, you can choose a mobile phone at 1 Euro.  Among the mobile phones available with the offer, are the Samsung Star, LG Viewty, Sony Ericsson Naite and Nokia 3720.

If other providers are following, we could finally be on our way to a necessary renewal of the Belgian mobile phone park, which has been lagging behind in Europe.


Mobile in Belgium is expensive

Calling with the mobile phone is expensive in Belgium.  According to a study by the European Commission, the prices in our country are a lot higher than the European average.  Although prices have slightly dropped last year, the average GSM user in Belgium pays 26,26 euro per month.  In Europe that average is only at 19,49 euro.

Because of this, the Belgian consumer is less tented to buy a new mobile phone.  With a GSM penetration of 102%, Belgium is way below the European level of 119%.  Because of this, we lag behind for several mobile technologies and services.  The use of Mobile Internet, for example, is at a mere 3,5% in Belgium.

According to Viviane Reding, the solution lies in increasing the competition on the Belgian market.  She believes a 4th mobile operator would be a good idea.  And Telenet has already shown interest in that.


Telenet wants Mobile TV

Duco Sickinghe, CEO of Telenet, sees a big future for Mobile television. In an interview with De Tijd, he explains that after analogue and digital TV, internet TV (PCTV & GarageTV), it is now time to invest in mobile TV.

Telenet is considering to participate in the auction for Flemish frequencies for mobile television, later this year. Sickinghe: “But when we do it, it will be more than just sending through some TV channels. It would be a mobile portal with video signals connected to it. That is more valuable.”

Source: Datanews