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Pastel to help businesses with African expansion

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The African continent has enjoyed its best growth decade on record and today is one of the world’s fastest growing regions, with 6 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world. It therefore makes business sense for South African firms to look at expanding into Africa and opening branches in other parts of the continent.

Companies expanding into Africa either need to send South African staff into these countries as expatriates or need to open an operating entity in that country with local staff members. “Either way companies face challenges in expanding into Africa, especially in setting up their auditing and taxation systems and accounting and payroll systems, and being able to comply with the local legislation of that African country,” says VIP Payroll’s Gerhard Hartman. “Companies need a partner on the auditing and taxation side to help them comply with local legislation and practices, they also need payroll systems in place to be able to pay their staff correctly and accounting practices to comply with local accounting legislation,” explains Hartman.

In response to this trend, and in an attempt to aid local companies in their expansion plans into Africa, Sage VIP Payroll has partnered with BDO Audit, Advisory and Tax services and Sage Pastel Evaluation to provide local companies with all they need when entering a new country of operation.

One of Sage VIP Payroll’s main strategic goals is expansion into Africa – with Sage VIP now being available in 24 African countries. The VIP Payroll Africa Division has offices in Gaborone; Windhoek and Nairobi, with active alliance partnerships in Zimbabwe; Zambia; Malawi; Nigeria; Ghana; DRC; Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda; Angola; Mozambique and Rwanda.

“Companies in Africa are beginning to realise the importance of automation and how VIP Payroll can help them make more informed decisions which creates more efficient environments for company growth and return on investment,” says Hartman. “Salaries continue to be one of the biggest expenses in any organisation. The market for employment is becoming more competitive making HR part of any company’s strategic advantage. VIP Payroll provides an integrated solution for any size business to manage salary payments and HR strategies. The system enables statutory compliance with local authorities in other African countries and local support is provided through alliance partners in the country of operation.

BDO has a large amount of experience servicing multi-national companies from across the globe. The organisation aids companies to build a country specific business model for operations in Africa. BDO also has in country contacts and alliance partners in every country in Africa, except Somalia, making it the best business to partner with when expanding into Africa. BDO’s three phase process includes advising companies on the implications of doing business in another African country, implementation of licensing and permits, registrations and applications in that country, and setting up compliance and business controls for payroll, auditing and accounting.

“The most common mistakes companies make when expanding into Africa include not having sufficient knowledge about the country they are entering, and a lack of planning about how to go about operations in that country,” says BDO’s Mark Stewart. “Companies need to prepare properly and make sure they understand the local tax laws and company legislation. They also need to educate themselves on the foreign exchange regime in that country, the economic environment, the legal system and the foreign company processes,” explains Stewart. BDO is able to help companies with all this information so that they are adequately prepared for their new venture,” he says.

Pastel Evolution has been operating in Africa since 2001 and has offices in South Africa and Kenya. The organisation has over 2500 corporate customers in Africa and over 70 business partners on the continent, as well as 15 project implementation consultants and 50 call centre support staff. Pastel Evolution empowers business management through finance, inventory management, relationship management, payroll and business intelligence. These systems streamline business processes and enable employees to make informed decisions.

“Many companies purchase systems for accounting, HR, payroll and auditing for use in their new ventures, but this software never goes live as they do not have the in-country support to help implement the software, or the software does not comply with the local legislatory environment,” says Pastel’s Wesley Ekman. “VIP, BDO and Pastel have a support base of local partners to give advice on what to look out for and provide on-site support to African businesses. In addition, all VIP, BDO and Pastel software is customised to comply with local legislative requirements, taking the hassle out of setting up branches in other countries,” Ekman explains.

Africa’s population of 1 billion people currently makes us 14% of the global population, half of which are under 35 and nearly half live in cities. The African economy of $1,6-trillion is expected to grow to 2,6-trillion by 2020. Since 2009, Angloa; Nigeria; Ghana; Zambia and DRC have been top investment destinations. In 2012 Ghana is expected to show the strongest GDP growth, with Nigeria in 4th position. New investment destinations also include Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Madagascar, Gabon, Cameroon, Mozambique, Liberia and the Congo. The main sectors for investment include mining, construction, property development, retail, supplier services to the oil, gas and mobile telephone industries, ICT, security, agriculture, tourism and hospitality.


NSN expands LTE portfolio to optimize spectrum use

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•    Supports LTE for Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) 700 MHz frequency band
•    Introduces Liquid Radio LTE load-balancing, plans commercialization of carrier aggregation in LTE-Advanced

Nokia Siemens Networks today announced the expansion of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) portfolio. The company aims to help mobile operators increase their coverage and further improve network efficiency and speed.

Nokia Siemens Networks has expanded its Flexi Multiradio Base Station family to cover the APT 700 MHz spectrum to enable smooth LTE (4G) rollouts using the ‘Digital Dividend’ in the Asia Pacific region, Latin America and other parts of the world*. The company is increasing the efficiency and speed of multiband LTE today by launching Liquid Radio LTE load-balancing, and plans the commercial launch of carrier aggregation** for LTE-Advanced in 2013.

With its comprehensive LTE portfolio including services, Nokia Siemens Networks is at the forefront of LTE commercialization and evolution. The company has 66 commercial LTE deals globally.

Building on its early experience from the world’s first 800 MHz Digital Dividend spectrum deployment of LTE in Europe***, Nokia Siemens Networks has added a 6-pipe radio module for the APT 700 MHz band to its award-winning Flexi Multiradio Base Station family. This is the industry’s most compact design for widely used 3-sector MIMO2x2**** deployments and will enable operators to provide nationwide LTE broadband services in an efficient manner. Japan, Australia, New Zealand, other Asia Pacific countries, and most recently Mexico, intend to adopt the APT 700 MHz spectrum as part of their mobile broadband strategy.

In the world’s most advanced LTE markets, such as South Korea, massive increases in LTE subscriptions are driving bandwidth demand for an additional LTE carrier. Applying its experience from the Korean market, Nokia Siemens Networks has launched a two-step approach for the most efficient use of multiband LTE networks. The company has launched its Liquid Radio LTE load-balancing feature to help operators distribute traffic as and when needed across various LTE carriers.

In the future, LTE load-balancing will be enhanced by LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation with a simple software upgrade once LTE-Advanced devices become available in 2013. The aggregated bandwidth can double the data speed improving service experience for users and increasing revenue for operators.

“We consider carrier aggregation as an essential functionality of LTE-Advanced”, said Kang, Jong-Ryeol, senior vice president and head of network R&D center, SK Telecom. “Together with Nokia Siemens Networks, we have already demonstrated carrier aggregation at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012. As one of the world’s leading LTE operators, we are looking forward to providing our customers the superior data rates delivered by the technology.”

“We are excited to see the momentum in LTE adoption worldwide. With our expanded LTE portfolio, we are committed to helping operators take full advantage of LTE to meet bandwidth demand, offer their subscribers superior data rates and generate new revenue opportunities”, said Tero Peltola, head of LTE business line, Nokia Siemens Networks.

The company’s network life-cycle services for LTE include multi-layered network optimization and LTE network rollout services to minimize technical and commercial risk, avoid disruption to existing users and enable a smooth transition to LTE. With Nokia Siemens Networks’ comprehensive security services for LTE, operators can provide the same high level of 3GPP-compliant data security that is common in GSM and 3G networks.

The Liquid Radio LTE load-balancing feature will be available by the end of 2012. The 6-pipe radio module for APT 700 and support of LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation will be available during the second half of 2013.

For more information about Nokia Siemens Networks’ advances and innovations in LTE and other topics, please join our #1GBperday$ webinar series starting on October 4, 2012. Registration for the series is open now:

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