Contributed by Farzana Rasheed
NATC recently successfully tested an SMS Service for a customer that needed to reach its rural beneficiaries. We were able to get a good rate per SMS with a local Telco which will make this is an economically viable service to market and execute. The pilot was done directly by the Telco because it was a small number of texts. However, we are in the process of executing this service through the use of desktop software deployed at our offices or on the client site.
There are 5 Telco's in Liberia that provide GSM and Internet Services. Most customers that need to broadcast information go to a Telco for a mass blast across that Telco's network. Our service will be tailored, instead, towards a specific set of end receivers making this a truly value-added service.
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