MOGADISHU, Somalia – It is yet another important step for Hormuud Telco to officially launch e-Sim support, becoming the first telecommunications company to deploy the service in the country with a view to embracing the ever increasing technological advancements in the industry.
The e-Sim, short for an integrated subscriber identity module, or simply an integrated SIM card, allows compatible smartphones to have more than one telephone number (SIM) in a device. One can use the e-SIM to virtually connect to the network without the need for a physical SIM card. As a result, Somalia joins other African countries that have deployed E-SIM support in their countries.
Hormuud telco, which has more than 3.6 subscribers, announced the launch of the service in August after seeing that a significant number of its customers were wearing devices that supported e-Sim and that it was high time to introduce the service to affected customers.
Hormuud CEO Ahmed Mohamud Yusuf told Axadlethat the service, which was in an exploratory phase, is now fully operational, allowing customers with compatible devices to start using it.
“Thousands of state-of-the-art smartphones supporting the latest technology upgrades have been shipped to the country in recent years. Realizing the new features of these phones, we were forced to activate relevant new features compatible with these phones, eSIM service being one of them. We will never accept to be behind the world when it comes to telecommunications, ”said CEO Yusuf.
He added: “Our telecommunications policies and strategy, which were previously geared to technological advancements, enabled us to launch this service.
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The Somali government welcomed the introduction of the new e-Sim service, stressing the importance of embracing new technologies and telecommunications revolutions, and praised the rapid pace of growth of local telecommunications operators.
Despite the weight of years of conflict, however, Somalia has been praised for its commitment to adopting technology and maximizing its opportunities.
The National ICT Policy Strategy, developed by the federal government, has played an important role in helping local telecommunications companies to grow and interact with the rest of the world.
“When you work in tech, you have to be smart enough to predict what the future holds and plan accordingly to stay on the fast band. I am delighted to know that local telecommunications companies have recognized the need to invest in the future, ”said Abdiaziz Abdullahi, Director General of the Somali National Communications Authority.
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