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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Develop and Deploy USSD based solutions for GSM in one day

I remember the hustle i went through when i attempted to develop a USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) based solution for GSM. Am from Uganda and we have 5 telecom operators (MTN, UTL, Warid, Airtel (formerly Zain) and Orange, and may be another one will join before i even finish writing this small sticky note!). So i went to one operator to discuss the requirements and procedures i have to go through before i can successfully deliver my first solution, they handed me a list of all the bureaucracies and i was even too lazy to read the list. then you have to do the same for 4 more operators. this was simply defeating and my dream of launching my first USSD application almost flew out the window until i landed on these Guys "Global USSD".
Global USSD - A platform for easy service development and a go-between point for MNOs and service providers
Ideally, these guys solve all the bureaucracies and you have nothing to blame apart from your creativity. They created a universal platform for all USSD developers to quickly develop and deploy their applications without going through the pain of paperwork (sign here, sign there!).
And oh yes, you can actually deploy a USSD solution in one day, how cool is that?
 This sticky note was to tell you that something like this is possible, will be back with a more technical post once am done launching my first USSD application.

You might also be interested in:

1. Mobicents' Open Source USSD gateway
2. Vumi - Conversation Engine; delivery of SMS, start menu and chat messages.
3. Eyeline.Mobi  

Have fun :-)
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