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How to take an intercontinental trip in Covid-19 times

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Further to their closure caused by the pandemic, African skies started to gradually re-open to passenger flights in October 2020. After thorough planning, I decided to embark on my first intercontinental business trip in 7 months. Despite the painstaking organisation and logistics involved in making long-haul flights in these extraordinary tim...
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What is the Billing and Charging Evolution, and how can Comfone support it?

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Our industry is constantly evolving and transforming. There are always new ideas, new technologies and new standards. These are brought about with the end user in mind, ensuring that roaming is faster, safer and more efficient. This constant action, pursuing great ideas and working towards achieving them is what I love most about being in this busi...
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Times have changed: A peek at the past and look towards the future

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When I look back at my childhood in the 1980s, the way that we share information has changed significantly. In the past, I received news by listening to radio broadcasts, or tuning into TV news channels at specific times. Sometimes it was even necessary to wait for the newspaper to acquire the details. In the 1980s it was also not unusual to go to ...
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Implementing SCRUM at Comfone: a success story

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I am the EVP Development at Comfone. Part of my role involves achieving the best possible results for customers by coming up with more effective ways of working. Although we often work behind the scenes, Development is a really important component of Comfone. Focusing on this area can create more efficiency and agility, allowing us to do more with ...
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Growing our garden of services and applications

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In this blog, I will discuss my role as a Software Developer at Comfone. This will give you some insights into what we do, how we do it and what makes us different. I will also discuss one of my current projects working on DIOT and explain how it can support your Financial Clearing service. On Monday, I wrote about my love of gardening, and how wit...
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Will roaming end?

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Is this the end of roaming? For over 10 years, some telecom and roaming market professionals have been telling me that roaming is about to end. They comment on how 'EU IOTs would jeopardize the market, SS7 is obsolete, pricing erosions will drop all revenues, SMS product life was over, commoditization of services would deeply affect our industry' a...
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What does a developer do?

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I work at Comfone as a software developer and enjoy developing new features. One of my favourite things about my job is the opportunities it provides to work with many different technologies, and to learn new things. It can sometimes be challenging to understand what a customer needs, and learning to connect the business side with the IT is key to ...
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Hubbing and Clearing: A collaborative approach

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When Key2roam Hub was launched 16 years ago, only a few roaming relations were opened and managed by the pioneering Hub in the market. Today we proudly boast more than 450 networks and over 24,000 connections worldwide. During peak season, we manage over 2.1 million happy roamers using our connections.  In my role as EVP of both Hubbing and Cl...
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Roaming the Plains of Serengeti with a mobile phone

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"What do you do for a living?" "I do roaming!" "Aha…. (long pause) …. so like a nomad on the plains of Serengeti." "Well ah, something like that yes, but with a mobile phone." "Mobile phone, what's that?" "Well ah, hmmm, where do I start…?" 'Roaming' used to mean to move about or travel aimlessly. Then in the early 90s, we were gifted with mobile p...
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