Group Vivendi Africa Launches Netcracker OSS
Netcracker Technology reported that its OSS suite was selected and deployed to support the long-term growth strategy of Group Vivendi Africa (GVA).
According to a media release, GVA is a newly formed affiliate of the French-based multinational conglomerate Vivendi with the goal to deploy and operate a fiber network across Africa. Netcracker's OSS will be used as a consolidated solution to identify service availability across GVA's operating countries and then fulfill and provision those services to customers.
Netcracker said its highly productized, out-of-the-box applications enabled the OSS suite to be deployed in seven months, meeting GVA's demand to leverage an integrated service fulfillment and inventory solution that could satisfy its long-term growth expectations, as well as short-term objectives.
Netcracker's OSS is comprised of Service Orchestration, Service Catalog, Service Inventory, Service Activation, Resource Inventory, Outside Plant and Discovery & Reconciliation components.
The group noted the scalability of the OSS suite will complement GVA as it expands and delivers new services to a wider customer base. The solution will also enable accurate service fulfillment and provisioning and help GVA meet critical metrics associated with keeping time-to-activate low and reducing order fallout rates.
"A large planned footprint and delivering faster new services to our customers in Africa drove us to select Netcracker's future-proof service management platform that can scale with us as we go," said Marco de Assis, CEO at GVA. "Netcracker's solution perfectly supports our ability to accelerate our service deployment."
"Being able to develop and deliver innovative offerings is vital as service providers expand and take on new customers," said Andrew Feinberg, President and CEO of Netcracker. "We are excited to help GVA, a Vivendi subsidiary, as it grows across Africa."
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Tea Forté Introduces ‘Matcha’ Collection
Convenience meets tradition in Tea Forté’s new Ceremonial Matcha Bowl Set and the Matcha Single Steeps.
The company said its spring harvested, shade grown, stone ground, organic matcha tea is best served in a centuries-old Japanese tea ceremony called chanoyu: a preparation technique known for its centering meditative qualities.
"The launch of Tea Forté's Matcha collection represents our continued commitment to wellness and cultivating all the potential mental and physical health benefits of tea," says Tea Forté CEO Michael Gebrael. "In addition to our high quality Pure Matcha, we've also blended four distinct flavored Matcha varieties. Prepackaged in pouches measured out for a single serving, our Single Steeps Matcha is ideal for the office, travel, or to keep with you for a boost anytime."
Tea Forté noted its handcrafted ceremonial tea bowl, handmade bamboo whisk and measuring ladle “encourages serene enjoyment of our premium Kosher, gluten-free and vegan matcha blends.” These include: Pure Matcha, Chocolate Matcha, Coconut Matcha, Ginger Matcha, and Chai Matcha.
According to a release, in addition to its distinctive taste, matcha is prized for its health benefits. Steeped green tea contains only the antioxidants that can be extracted in water, while with matcha, the whole leaf is consumed.
Available now in select stores and online at teaforte.com.
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