Onfon Media is one of the pioneers VAS companies in Africa. Onfon Media is the leading Kenyan company in the provision of value added services. Onfon Media has extended greatly the services and quality of premium rate service products (PRSPs). It is a duly licensed telecommunication company in Kenya, and has a wide skill-base in its human resources. Based on the experience developed in the delivery of computer systems and services to the corporate market, Onfon media has leveraged on this skill-set to deliver un-matched quality of services to all corporate customers.
Onfon affiliates have a relatively large foot-print in various industries of the corporate customers, and based on existing accounts, it has built and enriched its company portfolio. Onfon offers services through USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data), which is a technology that allows interaction between a mobile phone and an application on a network. USSD enables transmission of information that starts with * and ending with # for example *144#, *133#… Then there is bulk SMS service. It allows clients to send a single SMS to many recipients. It sends this single message at once from an SMS server on the LAN connected to the internet. This service receives and sends SMS on a computer that is connected to the internet and a GSM gateway. If you have been looking for ways to offer quality services and be in touch with your customers or want to do business with short codes, Onfon Media has the solution. It offers short codes to clients. There are two types of codes; the dedicated short code and shared short code. Dedicated short code is provided to clients of whom they do not have to share with other clients. The amount a client can charge the users vary; it can be 1, 3, 5, 10, 20… This could be a smooth business if you know how to play with the numbers but I am not going to delve into that. There is also a Shared Short Code. This code is provided to clients who will share the same code with other clients. The clients are issued with keywords for identification. For a shared code, there is no monthly payment of fees but the catch is this, charges on the end users are fixed unlike the dedicated codes.
Onfon Media has also ventured into voice based contents provision. Onfon Media has rolled out this technology in five different countries. This service allows clients to interact with pre-recorded voice message. Instead of using the normal USSD route which is manual, clients enjoy voice command system that process the voice information as given by the users. This is a new technology which is being offered with a partner; Crealog. And as the proverb goes, when you see dark heavy clouds, it is a sign that it’s about to rain. Onfon is taking the lead role into innovation and diversification of value added services in Africa.