Monday, May 19, 2014

Airtel Equips Youth with Knowledge in Mobile Phone Repairs.

Airtel Nigeria has introduced an empowerment initiative directed at equipping young people with practical knowledge in mobile phone repairs. The Basic Mobile Phone Repair Module (BMPRM) is a two-week certificate course that supplies participants with the fundamentals at no cost. The BMPRM will be conducted by experts to enable participants to start small businesses of their own. Once the training is complete, the participants will be set up in positions such as APRP (Adaptive Pattern Recognition Processing) operators, workers at SIM selling outlets.

Airtel Nigeria holds the second-largest market share, 21 percent, behind MTN, with 45 percent, and leading Globacom by just 1 percent. Currently, no operators offer phone repair services. However, in December 2013 Globacom introduced a limited-time opportunity for customers of any operator to bring their mobile phones to a Globacom shop and have their phones repaired free of charge. Even though this mobile repair service was effective only for a short period, Globacom got the attention of Nigerian consumers.
Airtel Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Segun Ogunsanya said, “This training is part of our plans to start building a crop of SME [Small and Medium Enterprises] businesses that will spin off our core business and also bring Airtel closer to our customers.” That could mean that Airtel hopes to partner with phone repair shops that graduates of the course may establish in the future. Such partnerships could help the operator gain competitive advantage through better customer service. Still, this approach is not likely to come to fruition quickly, since Airtel began with only 40 participants and is now preparing for another 100. Furthermore, it is not clear whether the BMPRM instruction covers smartphones or only feature phones.

The above item appeared in a recent issue of The Tarifica Alert, a weekly resource that analyzes noteworthy developments in the telecoms industry from around the world. To access all of the latest articles and issues:

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