Nov 14, 2019
Lagos, Nigeria and AfricaCom, Cape Town, South Africa, November 14, 2019: 9mobile, a leading telecom operator in Nigeria, in partnership with Kirusa, a global leader in messaging and voice solutions over data networks, today announced the launch of the 9mobile InstaVoice Agent over RCS (Rich Communication Services) for its subscribers in Nigeria, becoming the first carrier worldwide to offer voicemail and missed call alerts over RCS. InstaVoice is a unique cloud-based, call completion solution offered by Kirusa that enables users to receive and send voicemails, missed call alerts, Voice SMS and notification of reachability. So far, this service was offered to 9mobile subscribers over the SMS and Voice channels, as well as over a smartphone app. With this launch, Nigerians can access InstaVoice over RCS, a new and innovative channel to receive voicemail and missed call alerts.
Touted as the next-generation native messaging evolution, RCS is an update to SMS, offering features for enhanced smartphone messaging such as high-resolution photo and video sharing, location sharing, group chats, read receipts, etc., all of which was not available on SMS. 9mobile is the first operator in Nigeria to launch RCS, and the first operator in the world to provide voicemail and missed call alert service using an RCS Agent. This launch not only transforms how users experience InstaVoice, receiving voicemail and missed call alerts instantly on RCS; but also represents 9mobile’s initiative to improve the user experience for all 9mobile services using RCS. 9mobile offers the InstaVoice service free to all users, and the InstaVoice RCS Agent will be available free of any charges as well.
The InstaVoice RCS Agent allows users to view and listen to their voicemails from within the messages app, without the need to dial into an IVR, or the need to download a mobile app. Users receive instant notifications with the photo of the sender when they get a voicemail or a missed call, and get several options, including calling back, converting voicemail to text, and listening to voicemail, simply by clicking a button in the RCS message. Users can also set up or edit their profiles, including names and photos, from within the messages app.
“We are excited to pioneer the launch of RCS in Nigeria and to introduce the RCS channel for enterprises to communicate with their customers. RCS provides a natural channel for us to upgrade our own services, and we are pleased to partner with Kirusa to offer voicemail and missed calls over RCS. We believe this will further enhance the usage and adoption of voicemail in Nigeria, giving users unmatched convenience and value,” said Bola Afuye, Head of Digital Media, 9mobile.
Kirusa is a Jibe Messaging Partner. Jason Choy, Director Communications Product Partnerships, EMEA, Google said, “We are excited to see Kirusa and 9mobile leading the way by launching the first RCS agent in Nigeria on Google’s RCS MaaP platform. Bringing modern messaging to everyone on Android is important to us and we look forward to supporting Kirusa and 9mobile further.”
Inderpal Singh Mumick, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Kirusa said, “We are glad that 9mobile is launching the RCS channel for the popular InstaVoice service in Nigeria. Any 9mobile user enabled for RCS can now get their missed calls and voicemails over RCS, enhancing their user experience, and familiarizing them to the additional value of RCS Business Messaging.”
With over 100 million monthly active users and more than 150 billion calls managed till date, InstaVoice is the most preferred call completion solution, trusted by dozens of carriers across the globe. InstaVoice provides many industry-leading features, including a mobile app to view missed calls and listen to voicemails to multiple phone numbers owned by the user, seeing your outgoing voicemails, ability to withdraw voicemails, and transcription for the conversion of voicemails to text.