Image: Smart Axiata, Chief Marketing Officer, Stjepan Udovicic (Left), Global Wavenet CEO, Suren Pinto (Right)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, [29 May 2019, COLOMBO] – Cambodia’s leading mobile telecommunications operator, Smart Axiata, has partnered with Global Wavenet (www.globalwavenet.com) to offer value-added features to its existing Ring Back Tone (RBT) offering. The new RBT functionality deployed on Smart’s advanced telco systems is an extension of Wavenet’s award-winning Unified VAS (Value Added Services) solutions portfolio that has been deployed across multiple blue-chip telco organizations in over 20+ countries, including Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
Smart Axiata is a part of Axiata Group Berhad – one of Asia’s largest telecommunications groups. The company has always been at the forefront of mobile technology advancements especially in Cambodia, where it currently serves 8 million subscribers. As the country’s leading mobile telco operator, Smart offers customers a unique RBT service, enabling them to listen to their favorite tunes when making calls (through their Tunes4U solution), select the latest tracks from popular artists, or share their favorite songs with friends (Tunes4Friends) as well as manage their tune selections via the SmartNas app.
With the new Wavenet solution, Smart Tunes customers are now able to access Smart’s advanced RBT service with simple voice commands. A customer will be presented with a menu allowing interactive selection of preferred tunes, whilst also offering the option to activate those tunes on the same call, instantly in one go. This enhanced IVR solution allows Smart to extend service efficiencies and offer a superior customer experience while bridging the gap between legacy IVR services by leveraging cutting edge technology advancements in the IT and digital world. This will further aid in the seamless function of ‘customer self-servicing’, and reduce the added effort required in the end-to-end product delivery which may require multiple channel integrations.
From a technical perspective, Wavenet will connect Smart’s platforms to Wavenet’s service creation environment ‘Fusion Studio’, which enables external communications over SOAP and REST. The IVR applications are developed inside Wavenet’s Fusion Studio and the call flows are created using an advanced graphical user interface (GUI) that includes drag and drop features to easily create and design visual IVR call flows. The comprehensive IVR solution is geared for operational efficiencies integrating into the customer’s Caller RBT platforms, the Call center, CRM and CBS systems, with USSD, SMSC via SMPP.
Smart Axiata, Chief Marketing Officer, Stjepan Udovicic commented, “More customers are demanding personalized solutions, which has resulted in the increase in demand for ringback tones in Cambodia. As a company at the forefront of enhanced telco solutions, our partnership with Wavenet will ensure that our customers are presented with fresh solutions backed by cutting-edge technology and as proof of our commitment towards providing Smart’s customers an exceptional customer experience. Furthermore, the partnership will assist us in the ability to offer a superior IVR experience to customers and further establish our presence as a digital first company in the Cambodian market”.
Suren Pinto, Wavenet’s founder and CEO on this occasion stated “We are excited to partner with Smart as the technology enabler for this advanced IVR solution where its empowered by Wavenet’s core platforms such as the innovative Fusion Service Creator and the Spark IVR platform enable telcos to truly transform the traditional VAS space from legacy to digital. Our Unified VAS solutions provides telecommunication operators opportunity to extend their mature SMS and IVR product lifecycles resulting in additional sources of income. The product innovation approach we take at Wavenet considering 16+ years of experience in the global telco market, looking into the practicalities and the next-level evolution of each of our solutions, makes real sense to our clients’ businesses. The close partnership approach we take in working together with our clients as an extension of their business, forms the base of our successful partnerships with blue-chip telcos like Smart, and has become a key contributor to our leadership position in the Unified VAS solutions market”.
Media inquiries on the Smart Axiata and Wavenet partnership can be forwarded to Dulmi Gunatilake, Head of Group Corporate Communications, Global Wavenet at email@example.com.
Smart Axiata Co., Ltd., Cambodia’s leading mobile telecommunications operator, currently serves 8 million subscribers under the ‘Smart’ brand. Smart Axiata is part of Axiata Group Berhad, one of Asia’s largest telecommunications groups. Smart is at the forefront of mobile technology advancement in Cambodia. Smart was the first network to introduce 4G LTE in 2014, 4G+ in 2016 and 4G+ with HD Voice (VoLTE) in early 2017. In mid-2017, Smart introduced cutting-edge 4.5G, manifesting its data leadership position in Cambodia. Smart also provides 2G, 2.5G, 3G and 3.75G mobile services as well as international roaming across more than 190 countries. Its extensive nationwide network coverage stretches to more than 98% of the Cambodian population. The company is also rapidly transforming itself into a digital lifestyle brand, having introduced many innovative offerings and lifestyle entertainment value propositions. This includes various international partnerships, with brands as diverse as Universal Music, Apple, Facebook and iflix, as well as digital services including SmartLuy, Smart Insurance, SmartPay, Pleng by Smart and SmartNas. Smart aspires to become Cambodia’s Digital Champion, while playing an active role in socio-economic growth. The company’s workforce consists of more than 1000 local and foreign experts. Smart is committed to its customers, employees and the people of Cambodia, in delivering its promise of enriching their lives through world-class networks, exceptional digital experiences and through significant corporate social responsibility engagements. Live. Life. Be Smart.