Connecting Aussies for years to come
Lycamobile, one of the largest telecoms helping Aussies in the UK connect with home, celebrated its fifth birthday today with Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, in attendance.
LYCAMOBILE, one of the largest telecoms helping Aussies in the UK connect with home, celebrated its fifth birthday today with Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, in attendance.
The Mayor arrived on his pushbike at the London Docklands office, without an entourage, as happy and charismatic as ever.
“I used the Cycle Superhighway so I hardly had to to peddle at all,” he announced before meeting and greeting the waiting throng.
Lycamobile launched in July 2006 and has expanded its services to 14 countries worldwide, including Australia, to become the largest global provider of low cost international mobile calls.
“It’s the first good news story we’ve had about mobile phones in a long time,” joked the Mayor before telling the audience that “I lyca very much” should be the company’s new slogan.
He said the visit had inspired him to get a new phone after his old “antiquated” model had several problems including battery life and the fact that “it has been repeatedly hacked by the News of the World”.
“In fact every journalist in Fleet Street knows the number so it’s no secret at all,” he laughed.
He was quickly presented with an “unhackable” phone to the rapture of the large audience.
As always he got the Olympics message across but in that Boris Johnson loveable sort of way.
“Of course in 2012 you’ll be of huge importance allowing people to send embarrassing pictures of themselves back to their relatives of whatever they’re doing in Olympic Park or wherever.”
He rounded off his speech, before he and Lycamobile’s ‘Globeman’ cut the birthday cake, with this message:
“This young company, with its headquarters in the heart of Docklands, is just like the capital’s economy — international, dynamic, successful and growing. I wish it every success in the years to come and I want to thank you very much for what you’re doing.”
Tim is a professional journalist and television producer with over eight years experience in the media industry. Previously a television sports presenter for Prime News in Australia, Tim worked for almost two years as Editor of Australian Times. Tim's a professional producer, reporter and presenter - he loves his sport - and loves getting out and about in the Aussie community in London.