Safaricom can now foretell and resolve problems likely to affect subscribers before they arise by using Nokia CEM

If you are old enough, that is older than Facebook and Twitter in the sense that you used Safaricom’s services prior to the deployment of Safaricom’s customer care via those platforms, you can vividly remember how more often than not you were unable to get through to Safaricom care by calling 100. To help Safaricom serve its ever growing customers more effectively, they turned to Facebook and Twitter where their dedicated social media customer care representatives have ensured that those with network or related issues are helped within 10 or less minutes. But things are getting even much better – now the Safaricom customer care has moved to Nokia CEM which allows the Mobile Network Operator to foretell and resolve problems before they arise.

Nokia CEM or Nokia Customer Experience Management is a customer care product by Nokia that allows fixed and mobile domains to collect every customer’s network experience from network probes and is integrated to other internal systems including financial, customer data warehouse, Customer Relationship Management and mobile money. With help from Nokia CEM, Safaricom now uses big data technology to derive real time insights from network, customer and revenue touchpoints. With the insights, Safaricom is better able to provide proactive customer care, resolve network issues and prioritize capital expenditures.

Safaricom uses Nokia CEM on Demand to derive insights on voice, SMS and M-PESA traffic, processing 214 billion data points per day. The team is currently adding mobile data capabilities. The solution was deployed within 12 months with a pilot up and running in the first six months in the western region of Kenya.

By using Nokia CEM on Demand, Safaricom has reduced the time it takes to:

  • Retrieve subscriber records for customer care from 2-6 hours to 15 minutes
  • Obtain customer satisfaction scores for the entire network from 30 days to near real-time
  • Determine root causes for service degradation from 24 hours to 10 minutes
  • Ensure network-related issues are put into context with a real time understanding of the customers impacted and their value to Safaricom

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom, said: “We differentiate Safaricom with our customer-centric approach, so our investments in CEM are important. With Nokia CEM on Demand, we now have one customer experience management solution for the company. We can resolve issues before they impact subscribers. We can give individual customers a personal touch and make our constant quality of service improvements visible.”

Bhaskar Gorti, president of Applications and Analytics at Nokia, said: “Safaricom has been a Nokia customer for more than 15 years and it consistently has been an innovative operator on the forefront of trends. By selecting CEM on Demand, Safaricom is demonstrating once more that its main concern is providing its subscribers the best possible service in East Africa.”



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