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Ablo crowned as App of the year by Google

Ablo crowned as App of the year by Google

Belgium – Launched in January of this year, the chat app Ablo connects you with soon-to-be-friends around the world.

You can chat with your new pen pal in your own language, as the app will automatically translate each text. Hop on a video call and translated captions will keep the conversation flowing.

Ablo takes you from one continent to the other, from Paris to Rio de Janeiro. You’ll meet people that will talk to you about their country and its customs. You’ll gather local tips for your upcoming trip, exchange your favorite local music, learn about your new friend’s favorite pizza topping, or simply travel the world from the comfort of your home.

“We love connecting people from all around the world and blurring boundaries. Being named Best App by Google is crowning the work of our entire team that put so much effort and devotion into this,” said
Joost Roelandts CEO

According to Google, this year, one app truly stood out from the rest. It surprised and delighted them with its ingenuity and polish. Beautifully designed and thoughtfully executed, Google named it Best App of 2019. Google loved Ablo’s mission of creating unlikely connections and its encouragement to learn about unfamiliar cultures.

Ablo, especially popular among Gen-Z; 18 to 26-year-olds, has been downloaded over 6,5 million times in more than 180 countries since its launch and is creating over 50,000 friendships every day.

Ablo is free to download on both iOS and Android and there is also a web version available on https://ablo.live.

Caption: Ablo connects you with people from all over the world and translates your conversations live. (Copyright: Maria Vanina).


 

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.