ONEm Joins Forces with Leading Nigerian Publication The Premium Times

ONEm Joins Forces with Leading Nigerian Publication The Premium Times

March 28, 2017

Member Press Release

Adding to ONEm’s increasing ecosystem of services which includes Postboard, healthcare and educational information as well as group messaging and calling, The Premium Times has joined forces with ONEm to enable users to access and interact with the latest local and national news content.

Based in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, The Premium Times is a leading publication sharing up-to-date news content written by award-winning international Nigerian journalists. By joining the ONEm platform, The Premium Times is adding to the ever-expanding ONEm ecosystem to empower people to interact with new internet-style services through SMS and audio on their mobiles in a way that has never been done before.

With a population of over 160 million people, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. It has become a growing hub for business and innovation, especially with such a young and entrepreneurial demographic. The partnership with ONEm means The Premium Times can reach an even larger audience by making sure that people can stay connected for the latest news on their mobile even without mobile data. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) recently stated that out of the 722 million mobile phones in Africa, only 127 million are smartphones. With ONEm, even people with feature phones can now enjoy services traditionally accessible only through internet-enabled devices.

Many mobile operators globally have lined up to launch the service, and very soon the service will be made live in Nigeria. ONEm gives the mobile operator a competitive edge by offering their subscribers completely new services on their mobile phone, without the subscriber having to download apps or software. ONEm innovates with what the user already has: text and audio.

Musikilu Mojeed, Chief Operating Officer/Editor-in-Chief at The Premium Times commented, “We at Premium Times are excited about this opportunity to get our high quality contents to millions of  more people who have no access to internet data. Our principal reason for existing is to serve society and provide information that helps readers make informed decisions. That our fast breaking news and deep investigative reports can be now accessed by hitherto unreachable audiences is an opportunity that offers new possibilities in our growth trajectory. We deeply treasure our partnership with ONEm and look forward to a great relationship.”

Christopher Richardson, CEO of ONEm, states,  “ONEm is a great fit for Nigeria – with its young and entrepreneurial population, the platform is able to provide content and interactive services for all. The partnership between ONEm and The Premium Times is just the beginning of a great journey.”

About Premium Times

Premium Times Services Limited, publishers of Premium Times, is a multimedia Nigerian publication based in Abuja delivering fresh, factual & reliable news. The Premium Times offers the fastest breaking news and the deepest investigative reports. The Premium Times has vision to help strengthen Nigeria’s democracy, advance the socio-economic wellbeing and rights of the people, promote and enrich their cultural practices, and advocate for best practices, good governance, transparency and human rights, in line with the values expected of a modern democratic state.

About ONEm

Headquartered in London with operations globally, ONEm is a global mobile ecosystem. In October 2016 ONEm launched a solution which leverages mobile operators’ voice and SMS platforms to provide community tools for posting classified ads, forum and sharing as well as relevant online content covering a wide range of topics, including news, entertainment, and commerce.  SMART Telecoms group in Tanzania was the first to offer ONEm to their users in Tanzania with many other operators scheduled to launch the service in 2017.

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