African Businesses to License ONEm’s Internet-like Service Technology

ONEm is bringing internet-like services to millions without the use of the internet.

Christopher Richardson, CEO of ONEm. (Source: ONEm)

Based in London, ONEm is a tech company which has developed and deploys a platform giving users access to interactive content and applications. Their services work on various mobile devices without the requirement of data or Wi-Fi.

With the age of relentless innovation the company is relishing the opportunity to create new communication channels.

How the technology works

The technology transforms ordinary voice and SMS into powerful interactive tools. ONEm’s framework lets developers create interactive applications for content and services which are relevant in the local market. The tech company aims to build a mobile ecosystem that will transform the way people communicate. They believe that everyone should be able to gain access to information they need on any mobile.

Blockchain technology

Blockchain technology has been given various definitions. Authors of Blockchain Revolution, Don and Alex Tapscott say that “The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.”

ONEm has also developed a blockchain technology accessible over SMS to support unique applications. There are countless blockchain SMS applications that will usher in life changing innovations. For example, people for the first time will be able to receive a history of transactions via SMS providing better financial inclusion.

In response to these services, Governments are keen to deploy ONEm platforms to provide rural access to critical services. The company can provide nationwide interactive services in security, health, education and commerce. With just the use of a basic mobile, people can get access to vital information interactively using SMS and Voice. Coordination for development will be with the respective government departments.

Currently the technology company is in discussions with Mobile Operators to deploy its services to make their core voice and SMS more internet-like. This innovation will enrich user’s experiences and gives all core assets greater value. More than 20 mobile operators already have connections with ONEm with many more in the pipeline.

Expansion in Africa

With plans to expand in Africa through licensing and local partnership, ONEm aims to increase access to advanced services in both rural areas and across the entire content.

Africa has a wide range of talent and resources in rural areas today. With the services that ONEm provide, these services can reach the entire content with greater ease.

In a presentation to African officials Christopher Richardson the CEO of ONEm said: “Africa is a very big and diverse continent. Reaching all rural areas needs significant funding and formidable technical challenges. However, the ONEm’s solution utilises existing infrastructure to deliver innovative services to rural communities.”

The number of mobile phone users is expected to pass the billion mark in 2019 (Statista). Mobile communication continues to be a common way for people to share and engage with content/services. This does not seem to be changing with mobile communication almost a universal standard.