By Ebele Uzokwe
In an apparent response to the energy challenges that low scale entrepreneurs contend with all over the country, especially those operating open air telephone centers, Starcomms Plc, said it is giving out free solar chargers to some of its high performingÂ Telecentre operators in the country.
The solar battery charger is a portable device that is easy to use and environment friendly, competing effectively with regular source of power. To get results the solar devices are exposed to daylight. Through clear medium, the solar power battery charger converts the sun rays into low voltage DC electricity, providing power that can be stored or used.
Starcomms CEO, Maher Qubain said told Hi-Tech that â€œproviding these solar chargers to this very enterprising people is one of the best things that can be done under the circumstance. I have always tried to empathize with these Telecenter operators each time there is a power cut in my office or home for hours. I always wondered how these low scale entrepreneurs cope. At Starcomms we always look for the best way to solve problems so that business can move forward for us and those working with us. So we came up with this solar charger solution for our associates.â€
The problem of epileptic power supply has forced many businesses in the country to collapse especially in the last one year. Among the worst hit are the call centers that always need constant electricity to remain in business. This is due to the fact that as more calls are made from these call centre telephones, the shorter the life span of the telephone batteries. The challenge of charging is therefore heightened by the fact that access to electricity in the street is limited even when there is constant supply from the established agency. Therefore with the device under the table Telecenter operators can take on as many customers as they want on a phone in a day.
Tunde Odetunde, the Indirect Sales Manager of Starcomms, presenting one of the devices to Mr Kayode Agboola, whose Telecenter is located at Adetokunbo Ademola junction in Victoria Island , said: â€œOur commitment to providing quality, cutting-edge and affordable telecommunications services drives us beyond the primary products that we offer. We always endeavor to be socially responsible by looking at ways that we can help our stakeholders to mitigate the effect of the economic challenges on their businesses. It is for this reason that we have continued to bring in innovative products that can enhance their performance. However, this solar device gifts to Telecenters are for those who have against all odds continued to sustain a high tempo in their call center businesses.â€
One other recipient of the solar charging device, Miss Yemisi Fagbamigbe operating at Ajose Adeogun on Victoria Island, Lagos was full of excitement as she received the solar charger.