Yango, an International Ride-Hailing Service, Launches in Zambia
Yango, an international service for ordering rides online, announces its launch in Lusaka, making Zambia the fifth African country where Yango is available. Yango already operates in 19 countries across Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, including Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon and Senegal. Yango is a part of Yandex, one of the largest European IT companies.
Yango mobile app for iOS and Android is available for free download in English, and many other languages. To order a car, users download the app, open it and specify where they want to go. When geolocation is enabled, the service pinpoints where the user is and finds the nearby driver who will arrive the fastest. Yango is a cash-only service now, so when a user orders a car, they input their destination address and the app algorithms automatically calculate the price of the trip ahead of time. Prices for rides in Lusaka ordered with Yango start at 40 ZMW, which is about the cost of a ride from Manda Hills Mall to East Park Mall.
If a user needs more information, has a question, or even forgets something in the car, he or she can contact a dedicated support team through the app. As a means of additional quality control, Yango app allows users to rate each ride, and drivers with low ratings may be denied access to the service for a period of time.
Unlike other online services, the Yango app uses its own mapping, routing, and navigation as well as smart order distribution. These technologies significantly reduce the total cost of the trip and the time a driver spends looking for a customer, heading to the next customer, or driving a customer to his/her destination. A driver takes rides one by one and can move to the next customer while finishing the current ride, which lowers empty car mileage and as a result, reduces traffic congestion in the city. Yango’s efficient routing and similar technologies ensure efficient use of drivers’ time while providing predictable and affordable service to riders.
“We see great potential in the African market as Zambia becomes the fifth country after Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon and Senegal where we have launched our service. Zambia has a growing, actively developing economy and there is a high demand for a modern ride-hailing service. As comfort, safety and affordability are among our top priorities, Yango has developed our own security features and technologies that allow both users and drivers to feel safe and at ease during every trip. We are convinced that people in Zambia will appreciate the care and features we have added to our ride-haling service,” – Adeniyi Adebayo, General Manager for Yango in Africa.
Yango doesn’t operate its own cars or drivers, but instead, facilitates local transportation providers (companies who provide transportation services independently) to use its services. Along with the app’s launch, a dedicated center for drivers has been opened recently in Lusaka. Drivers currently working with our partners can learn how to work with the app and go through training and tests.
Photos of branded cars can be downloaded here.
YANGO extols Women in Transport
Yango joined the global community in celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8th, 2023, dubbed “DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality”. As part of the celebration, Yango invited several female drivers for a women’s day event that took place on Wednesday 8th March, in Lusaka at The Hub.
Yango Zambia Country Manager, Kabanda Chewe explained that the mobility app has provided equitable access to solutions that are relevant and necessary for people to advance into growth without bias, thus affording even women access to technology enabling them to enhance their progress across all service offers. Patricia Ncube, one of Yango’s female drivers explained how the app helped her financially within two months of signing up – “By the month two of signing on, I started getting more rides, making more money and soon became debt free. I have found it very interesting and empowering besides working for somebody else, it has really transformed my life”
This year’s theme emphasized the significance of identifying and addressing the exceptional challenges and experiences of women. Yango appreciates the effort it takes for these women to support the ride hailing service in a world dominated by men. Yango is pleased to have hosted an in person event for the remarkable women drivers. Happy International Women’s Day!
Yango, an international informational service for ordering rides online was launched in Zambia in 2022 on March 29. Today it successfully operates in Lusaka, Ndola and Kitwe helping facilitate a digital platform for local partners that provide affordable transportation for thousands of passengers every day. Yango has been operating mobility and delivery businesses in 20 countries across Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa since 2011.
Will Nigeria Receive Full 5G Deployment in 2023?
According to reports, the deployment of 5G (the fifth-generation wireless mobile network) is close to happening in several more major Nigerian states, which means users will be able to start benefiting from the technology in 2023. Further 5G rollout will occur in other states from 2025.
Where is 5G currently available in Nigeria?
The 5G wireless mobile network is available in Abuja and Lagos. According to the Federal Government, throughout 2023, it will also soon be rolled out in Anambra, Rivers, Gombe, and Kaduna. This was revealed in the country’s National Policy on Fifth Generation Networks For Nigeria’s Digital Economy. The main cities where 5G is most likely to be rolled out over the coming months are Ibadan, Kano, Maiduguri, Owerri, and Port Harcourt.
What is 5G?
5G is the world’s newest and most advanced wireless mobile network after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. The new global wireless standard was developed to connect today’s modern 5G-enabled devices, objects, robots and machines together like never before. It’s known for being up to 100 times faster than the current 4G wireless network, which is still prevalent in many parts of the world. 5G also comes with many benefits for the user.
5G cellular networks are creating new opportunities for individuals and businesses. In a nutshell, it’s a super-fast internet signal designed to meet the large growth in data and connectivity and improve the world as we know it.
What are the main benefits of 5G?
Some of the main benefits of 5G are the following:
- 5G comes with extremely low latency (basically zero)
- It provides a much more efficient and consistent user experience
- It’s also a more reliable network
- It can deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds
- 5G has a much broader network capacity
- It will allow for the development of smart cities
- It will improve autonomous car capabilities
- More devices can connect to the 5G network
- It brings with it the potential for new technologies
- It’s a far more secure network
In other words, you will be able to do things like watch hours of your favourite ultra 4K high-definition Netflix shows without any annoying buffering. Additionally, you will be able to play your favourite casino games uninterrupted at any top online casino in ZM without having to worry about getting disconnected mid-way through placing a bet.
There’s nothing worse than trying to place a bet you know will win, only to lose connection just as you’re about to confirm the bet. This will no longer be a problem when you’re connected to the 5G wireless mobile network.
You will be able to download multiple files at the same time (big files) in a fraction of the time. Additionally, you will be able to play high-end, more graphically demanding mobile games, such as Cyberpunk 2077 or Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, without suffering sticky animated sequences, all thanks to 5G. In short, it will improve almost everything you do from a smartphone or tablet device.
Which are the best 5G-ready mobile devices in 2023?
If you’re looking for a relatively affordable 5G-ready smartphone in 2023, you may want to consider investing in one of the following reliable devices before spending money on anything else. Some of today’s best 5G mobile devices include the following:
- Motorola One 5G Ace – which has a great camera and impressive battery life
- Apple iPhone SE 5G – One of the best 5G-ready mobile devices on the market today
- Samsung Galaxy A14 5G – great all-round device and one of the best Samsung 5G-ready smartphones
- Samsung Galaxy A53 5G – Samsung’s best 5G smartphone, which has amazing battery life, an awesome camera, and a fantastic screen
- Google Pixel 6a – One of the best things about this 5G mobile device is its state-of-the-art camera
- OnePlus Nord N200 5G – One of the most affordable 5G-ready mobile phones on the market today, which performs well on all levels
- AT&T Fusion 5G – one of the cheapest 5G smartphones money can buy, and great for beginners who are new to smartphones
Which other African nations have already started rolling out 5G?
Tanzania was one of the latest African nations to have rolled out 5G in certain regions. 5G has also been rolled out in several other African countries, such as South Africa, Egypt, Botswana, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Gabon, Kenya, Uganda, Lesotho, and Zimbabwe.
It’s also expected to be rolled out in more African countries over the coming years. Some of the major mobile phone companies currently helping to expand 5G network coverage on the continent are MTN, Vodacom, Orange, and MTN.
Yango makes contribution to road safety in Zambia: New technology launched
Yango, an international ride-hailing service, has today launched in Zambia, a new safety technology in the service — driving style monitoring. The algorithm aggregates feedback from Yango users about rides in real time with a progressive impact scale. If users inform about the dangerous driving style of a particular driver regularly, this is considered as a violation of the service standards and the driver receives a warning notification in a driver app about it. If the situation doesn’t change after several notifications, the algorithm restricts the driver’s access to Yango. Thus, the technology helps to warn drivers who cooperate with the service from dangerous maneuvers and possible accidents.
‘Safety is of high priority in our service and we constantly invest in our own safety technologies to contribute to the safety of the cities we operate in. We are pleased to roll out this feature in Lusaka, Kitwe and Ndola. We remain committed to bringing to the Zambian market more of our safety technologies that have already proved their efficiency in other markets.’ – Kabanda Chewe, Country Manager for Yango in Zambia.
The Yango app already has a number of functions that increase the level of safety of all rides. For example the safety tab in the app allows users to share their ride with trusted contacts so that they follow the route, users can report any personal belongings left in a vehicle, contact the customer service if the driver has violated the traffic rules, etc. Furthermore, with each order, users can see the license plate number and the name of a partner driver who is coming to the ride.
Yango is an international online service for ordering rides. It already operates in more than 20 countries across Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Unlike other ride-hailing services, Yango app uses its own mapping, routing, and navigation as well as smart order distribution.