Archive for Grudzień, 2012

Media based content boost for Samsung Smart TVs

By admin, 14 grudnia, 2012, No Comment

New app provides access to the latest news and entertainment

Samsung Electronics has partnered with South African online publishing company OnMag Online Publications to launch onTV, the first television application of its kind in Africa that brings together magazines, news, weather, games, and movie information and trailers – exclusively on the Samsung Smart TV range.

“Samsung has always been committed to ensuring our customers have access to the latest technology that lets them embrace the digital lifestyle from the comfort of their home. With the onTV app, we are taking this to the next level by working with OnMag to offer a proudly South African solution that brings together exciting news, sports, weather, gaming and movie previews,” says Justin Shaw, Business Leader for Visual Display at Samsung South Africa.

The onTV app became available on the Samsung TV app store on the 16th of November 2012 and will be available free of charge through the SmartHub available on Samsung Smart TVs, which can be accessed via an active broadband connection.

The app has five key sections to choose from including; Magazine, Movies, Daily News, AllCanPlay, and Weather. Built on a slick user interface, each section offers users a variety of content that includes a SAPA affiliated news feed – providing updates on the latest local, international, business, technology, sport, and entertainment stories around the clock.

There are five magazines covering subjects such as motoring, technology, architecture, sports, and real estate. In the movies section, users will find the release dates and previews of upcoming cinema releases and a selection of the current month’s DSTV premiers and other featured titles.

AllCanPlay.com offers previews and information on major upcoming game titles for children, hardcore, and casual game players. The weather section has regular updates on current conditions and seven-day forecasts for some of the major centres in South Africa.

“Samsung constantly improves the television viewing experience for our customers by creating locally relevant applications. The onTV premier lifestyle app provides connected users with another way to receive content that suits their diverse needs and provides an ever increasing entertainment experience,” adds Shaw.

Nokia Siemens Networks demonstrates reliability of core virtualization

By admin, 14 grudnia, 2012, No Comment

Runs proof of concept project in collaboration with leading global operator

In a recent proof of concept project, Nokia Siemens Networks and a leading global operator have jointly demonstrated that core virtualization and cloud management are viable technologies for deployment by operators. The scope of the project included identifying the requirements for cloud computing and virtualizing the mobile core network elements in the cloud. The virtualizations approach is part of the company’s Liquid Core architecture.

Core virtualization is deployed in steps starting with hardware consolidation. Nokia Siemens Networks’ core network products already run on a common hardware platform, which is commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware based on Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA®). In the second step, a common virtualization infrastructure enables the core applications to share the resources of the common COTS ATCA hardware pool according to traffic needs.This proof of concept, which will be further developed commercially, has demonstrated Nokia Siemens Networks’ capability to deploy core network element software into a virtualized infrastructure.

Core virtualization helps operators achieve greater hardware efficiency and flexibility by dynamically allocating network resources and processing power to where they are needed. A flexible cloud network can support more subscribers and more advanced services. They can also benefit from a smaller equipment footprint and reduced operational costs from lower energy consumption, less hardware and simplified operations and maintenance.

“With the explosion of data traffic created by the popularity of smart devices and new high-definition (HD) voice and video, core networks must deliver virtually unlimited scalability, flexibility and efficiency with superior customer experience”, said Michael Clever, head of Voice and IP transformation at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Identifying concepts for adapting telco network capacity and service management in the cloud will help operators understand the advantages of telco cloud technologies and the power of virtualization.”

Core virtualization allows the core network, comprising the packet-switched, circuit-switched and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) domains, to run on a common resource pool of generic multipurpose hardware. Nokia Siemens Networks ran the technology trial using its own cloud framework for deploying and managing the virtualized core network elements on the cloud.

The cloud prototype developed by Nokia Siemens Networks incorporates network elements such as an MSC Server (MSS), Mobility Management Entity (MME), Call Session Control Function (CSCF) and Telecom Application Server (TAS) into a virtualized infrastructure running on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware based on Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA®) or any other commercially available IT server platforms depending on the operator’s preference. The virtualized network elements and cloud framework are integrated into NetAct, which provides an end-to-end view of the status of the virtualized network, as well as managing all Nokia Siemens Networks core network products.

“With this proof of concept project, Nokia Siemens Networks and the operator are blazing a trail for telco cloud deployment,” continued Clever. “The project demonstrated our capability to quickly develop a prototype for migrating core network element software into a virtualized infrastructure. There were also lessons learned on the limitations of today’s IT virtualized infrastructures.”

To share your thoughts on the topic, join the @NokiaSiemensNet discussion on Twitter using #mobilebroadband and #cloudcomputing.

Mobile VoIP Users to Reach 1 Billion by 2017, or One in Seven Mobile Subscribers

By admin, 14 grudnia, 2012, No Comment

As Operators join rivals in offering OTT services . . . but monetisation still remains a key challenge

Leading Hi-Tech analyst house Juniper Research forecasts that there will be over 1 billion users of over the top (OTT) mobile VoIP services by 2017, reflecting a dramatic shift in how voice traffic is carried over the next five years.

A ‘Second Wind’ for Mobile VoIP
Juniper’s new report found that improvements in network technology, increased competition and the move by telcos to join the OTT space will all come together to give the mobile “internet-voice” market a ‘second wind’. However, as with Skype on the desktop, only a very small proportion will pay for the service, finds the report.

“Many subscriber sign up to an OTT service without ever planning to pay a cent for it, and some industry players do not have a short-term revenue model at all,” notes the report author, Anthony Cox.

Key Findings
The report notes, however, that leading mobile VoIP players are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their service offerings and are developing more ways to monetise their services.

Further key findings from the Report, Mobile & Tablet Voice & Video Calling: Strategic Opportunities & Business Models 2012-2017, include:

  •  Specialist mobile VoIP companies are opening their Application Programming Interfaces to third parties including MNOs to gain revenues.
  •  The arrival of 4G will give further impetus to mobile VoIP take-up but potentially accelerate the decline in overall voice revenues.
  •  Despite market challenges, mobile video calling market leaders are finally beginning to monetise the mobile video calling sector through advertising and premium services.
  •  Circuit switched voice revenues will still continue to decline, but at the end of the forecast period will represent a substantial proportion of MNOs’ revenues

The report includes a comprehensive analysis of the current situation in the mVoIP and mobile and tablet video calling markets and contains five year forecasts for mVoIP and mobile video calling users and revenues. It also contains mVoIP tablets forecasts as well as RCS and Circuit-Switched Forecasts.

The “mVoices of Reason” whitepaper and further details of the study: ‘Mobile & Tablet Voice & Video Calling – Strategic Opportunities & Business Models 2012-2017’ can be downloaded from www.juniperresearch.com.

Dell Evolves the PC: Combines Leading Design With Security, Manageability and Reliability

By admin, 14 grudnia, 2012, No Comment
  • New line up of devices featuring Touch functionality combine inspired design with advanced features
  • Advanced security and flexible management options that meet the most rigorous demands of enterprise IT departments and consumers alike
  • Users benefit from secure and convenient anytime, anywhere access to work and personal content

Dell today detailed its strategy for developing and deploying PCs that enable new user experiences while also meeting enterprise IT demands around security, manageability and reliability. The company recently introduced a completely redesigned portfolio of personal computing devices, services and solutions that let people move easily between work and personal applications. The devices also help enterprise IT departments deliver solutions that enable personal productivity while also protecting sensitive corporate data.

New Client Devices
Dell has recently introduced a completely redesigned platform of new commercial and consumer tablets and PCs that combine a consumer-friendly aesthetic with advanced business client functionality. These new form factors were created to capitalize on the advances in new operating systems such as Windows 8 and make touch computing available to more end-users than ever before.

“As one of the world’s largest and most successful companies, General Electric maintains a diverse set of technology solutions to address the needs of our global workforce,” said John Seral, senior vice president and chief information officer at GE Energy. “This diversity creates security and management challenges for IT, especially when new operating systems and software packages are considered. That’s why GE is excited to work with Dell and use its XPS product line for our enterprise needs. The design is attractive and something our employees are proud to carry around and the security benefits make IT’s lives much easier. Simplification is a major focus at GE and reducing operating system variance from Microsoft Windows is helped by the XPS platform that is sleek and light.”

The new devices recently introduced by Dell include the:

  • Latitude 10 – Dell’s first business-class tablet that takes advantage of the latest advances in touch-enabled applications and fits easily into current IT environments by supporting existing Microsoft productivity applications and plugging into existing management consoles;
  • Latitude 6430u – a 14-inch notebook that strikes the balance between aesthetic appeal and corporate needs to be the most manageable and secure Ultrabook thanks to Dell’s unique vPro extension. The Latitude 6430u is backed by extensive world-class service and support;
  • XPS 10 – a tablet that delivers laptop-like productivity so users can fluidly transition from work projects to their personal pursuits. The XPS 10 is powered by Microsoft Windows RT and dual-core ARM architecture; and,
  • XPS 12 – a convertible notebook that combines the performance of an Ultrabook with the ease-of-use of a tablet into a single device with a leading edge touch experience. The innovative form allows users to quickly shift from work to play and back.

“There are two key requests we are hearing from customers,” said Sam Burd, vice president and general manager Personal Computer Product Group. “The first is they want to simplify the computing experience for their organization, which means providing fewer or lighter devices to employees. Secondly, and even more important, they still require security and manageability. Dell’s new portfolio of PCs announced this fall and upcoming devices previewed this week at Dell World help them do both.”

Bring Your Own Device
Dell continues to empower businesses to embrace “bring your own device” (BYOD) and is helping companies gain a competitive advantage. As a result, the company has enhanced its offerings to meet both end-user and IT department requirements.

“BYOD is growing in popularity with both businesses and users and is becoming a reality in many environments – both large and small,” said Bob O’Donnell, program vice president, clients and displays, IDC. “This creates a whole new set of challenges for IT which needs to strike balance between end-user preferences, productivity and IT control. Dell’s setting sights on both audiences as evidenced in its current Windows 8 lineup, and the services and solutions along the continuum tailored for IT.”

Solutions and Services
In addition to being designed to satisfy the most demanding user, the new devices from Dell can serve as the foundation to complete, adaptive solutions that allow IT departments to support BYOD. Today, Dell offers end-to-end solutions that combine compelling hardware with state-of-the-art services to help protect critical company data on a variety of platforms and devices including those operating on Windows, iOS and Android, thereby enabling companies to better manage a diverse, heterogeneous device topology.

In order to help companies manage the multitude of devices on their network while keeping them secure from external threats, Dell has introduced a suite of complementary offerings:

  • Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager is a recently introduced SaaS offering that integrates mobile device and mobile application management functionality with additional capabilities such as thin and zero client management and the ability to manage end-user access to corporate content and apps from any device. It enables IT departments to securely manage company and user-owned devices alongside end-user access to company applications and content without the burden of ongoing solution installation, updates and maintenance.
  • Dell Data Protection | Encryption is an intelligent file-based encryption solution that protects data on laptops and desktops, as well as external media, in case of loss or theft. It complies with highest level US government security standards and meets U.S. Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification for data encryption.
  • Dell KACE this week announced a limited release of its new K3000 Mobile Device Management Appliance that extends systems management capabilities to enforce security policies for both corporate and personal mobile devices running on both iOS and Android operating systems. Integration with the K1000 System Management Appliance provides IT with a powerful, integrated, easy-to-use solution to accurately track, monitor and manage desktops, laptops, servers and mobile devices more efficiently

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon now optimized for Windows 8 touch

By admin, 13 grudnia, 2012, No Comment

Thin, light and durable carbon fiber Ultrabook captures the Windows 8 experience

Lenovo announced the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, optimized for Windows 8 and now adds touch experience to the industry’s leading business class Ultrabook. The X1 Carbon and X1 Carbon Touch are developed from superior grade carbon fiber and deliver legendary durability and the highest levels of performance. The new X1 Carbon Touch paves the way for mobile professionals who demand the best in mobility and entertainment and want to experience the simplicity of touch gesture control.

“Bringing touch gesture control to our best ThinkPad ever is a natural evolution of the portfolio and a big step towards fulfilling our promise to bring computers into a new PC+ era,” comments Graham Braum Country Manager of Lenovo Africa. “We are excited to be able to offer customers the best experience in a thin and light business class Ultrabook. The X1 Carbon Touch is the Ultrabook to beat and productivity tool which is unrivalled.”

The X1 Carbon Touch – The World’s Lightest 14” Touch Notebook
Weighing in at a svelte 1.5 kilograms and just 20.8mm thin, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is constructed with carbon fiber material that provides strength and durability beyond traditional notebook materials. You can interact naturally with smooth 10 finger touch on the vibrant 14 inch HD+ display and further enrich your Windows 8 experience using the large multi-gesture glass touchpad.

Even with its thin and light design, the X1 Carbon Touch packs a punch. Revel in the power of Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and enjoy multimedia content with Dolby Home Theater v4. Certified as the first Ultrabook optimized for Microsoft Lync, the HD face tracking camera and dual array microphones ensure high quality video and voice track capability without the need to use USB peripherals.

For the true mobile warrior, a new optional slim 65W AC adapter is now offered as the perfect companion for your new X1 Carbon Touch. At just 17mm thin and weighing 53% less (235g) than the standard AC adapter, it fits neatly into your bag and gives you maximum portability as you travel with the world’s lightest 14” Ultrabook.

For the business user the X1 Carbon Touch provides peace of mind for any situation with state of the art security and manageability including vPro, Integrated Fingerprint Reader, Trusted Platform Module and BIOS encryption. Lenovo’s RapidCharge technology provides the industry’s fastest charge times while the 8 hours of battery life and optional 3G connectivity ensures maximum productivity virtually anywhere.

Pricing and Availability
The X1 Carbon will be available for customers in late January 2013. RRP i5 sku – R18999 and the i7 sku R22999

The SMS year in review

By admin, 13 grudnia, 2012, No Comment

By Dr Pieter Streicher, BulkSMS.com Managing Director

This was the year when the SMS interconnect fee issue finally came to a head, with Cell C forcing the issue by breaking the existing gentlemen’s agreement between the network operators. It also saw the opt-in/opt-out debate being settled with the forthcoming passing of the Protection of Personal Information Bill (POPI) – happily key clauses were not as watered down as initially feared. And in a major step forward, Vodacom’s double opt-in capabilities have had a dramatic impact on reducing the number of complaints about subscription service sign ups.

SMS internetworking fees
The issue of no SMS interconnect fees being in place – the basis of a gentlemen’s agreement between the major mobile operators not to compete when it comes to terminating application-to-person (A2P) SMS messaging traffic – first bubbled up at the end of last year when new entrants, including Neotel and Telfree, took advantage of no fees for inter-network SMS connections and simply terminated A2P traffic over the incumbents’ networks. This was soon put to an end but then the apple cart was well and truly upset when Cell C – a far more formidable opponent – started allowing a single WASP to terminate messages on other networks this year.

This could have a major impact on the revenue of Vodacom and MTN because they are in effect terminating Cell C’s traffic for free. It will be interesting to see how long this state of affairs continues. Will Vodacom and MTN force Cell C to stop this practice, or will the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) step in and enforce SMS interconnect fees? The legislation is in place to do so but it needs to be enforced.

Key to how this plays out depends on Vodacom realising that although it stands to lose a bit of money if interconnect fees are introduced, at the end of the day, as the largest operator, it is actually in the pound seat as the most traffic will terminate on its network. Cell C, on the other hand, has the most to lose as a smaller network.

In my view, the bulk pricing of SMS messages for WASPs or emergent operators should be the same, and regulated by ICASA and governed by the Electronic Communications Act, allowing healthy competition and a level playing field for all.

Opt-in electronic marketing
Despite my initial concerns, POPI was not watered down as drastically as it looked like it might be earlier this year, despite lobbying by the Direct Marketing Association of South Africa (DMASA). The law will work on the basis that customers must opt into marketing messages when they first supply their cellphone number to a company and from then on be given the chance to opt out.

Significantly, although companies are allowed a single opportunity to request consent from non-customers, the rules around how this is done are strict. No marketing messages may be included in this request for consented to communication, and companies won’t be able to simply change their names and try again under a different brand. Finally, the legal definition of consent was not watered down – consent for marketing communications needs to be both explicit and informed. In this regard, the Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association (WASPA) code of conduct is already compliant with POPI.

When it comes to the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) Regulations, however, there has been no movement on the creation of a “do not contact” registry. Indeed, budget has yet to be allocated for it. While the DMASA wants its existing do not contact list to be used, in my opinion the unnecessary information the DMASA requests dissuades people from actually using it. I would suggest that all you need to verify that a person is who they say they are is their cellphone number.

Spam
It is now difficult for spammers to bypass the local networks and WASPA’s jurisdiction by using international routes, which means that in excess of 90% of South African A2P traffic can be traced back along identifiable routes. This allows WASPA to more effectively track down spammers, fine them, and in worst-case scenarios, expel them all together from the industry body and so expel them from operating in the South African market completely. The increase in adjudications and repeat offenders can be seen on the WASPA site. It is still important however that consumers escalate spam complaints via official channels to allow WASPA to investigate effectively and prevent other consumers from being spammed.

Double opt in
WASPA has seen Vodacom related unsubscribe requests drop from 70,000 to 20,000 over the course of the year thanks to Vodacom introducing a double opt-in mechanism for mobile subscription services. While previously customers would be able to sign up for a subscription service at the click of a button, now Vodacom confirms the subscription – adding in traceability in the case of fraud, and ensuring the customer is completely aware that they are signing up for an ongoing service. This prevents consumers accidentally signing-up for a service.

So while the jury is out on a number of issues that affect the SMS industry, on the whole, industry players have taken some major steps forward in protecting consumer rights and maintaining the integrity, and so the value, of mobile as a medium for business communications and transactions.

SaaSn-Bluekey Partnership

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SaaSn, distributors of TaskCentre in Africa, this week announced a cooperative agreement with Bluekey Software Solutions, Africa’s largest and most awarded SAP Business One partner. The partnership, which will see Bluekey become “a reseller for TaskCentre in South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania,” will afford them “a competitive edge in the market”, explained Gustav Hardiman, Sales Manager at SaaSn. For SaaSn, the agreement will provide a channel to speed up the adoption of SAP Business One.

SaaSn, a division of Anderson Group, is a leader in the field of “Solutions-as-a-Service”, as opposed to Software-as-a-Service, and with an already well-established channel into Southern African markets, this partnership will see SAP Business One software become a complementary component of SaaSn’s existing and future automated Business Process Management (BPM) solutions in South Africa and the entire SADC region. Hardiman said that, “Anderson Group is investing significantly in both the distribution of TaskCentre—a value-adding software package—and in the production of ready-to-deploy BPM solutions, with the release of a number of “Solutions-as-a-Service” over the next few months targeted towards specific verticals”.

“Business Process Automation is a key requirement for growing businesses and can reduce manual processes that lead to errors and non-productive processing,” Warrick Hopcroft, Sales Director of Bluekey Software Solutions, acknowledged. By including the Business Process Automation of TaskCentre within their offering, Bluekey can add value to the overall SAP Business One value proposition. “The Business Process Automation not only compliments the Bluekey service offering, but creates a new revenue stream for the business,” elaborated Hopcroft.

For both parties, the partnership constitutes a strategic opportunity to grow the existing market with future expansion into Sub-Saharan countries. Affordable Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions and Automated BPM solutions are high on the agenda for organisations. “Tough trading conditions are refocusing the agenda of senior management towards improving internal business processes and eradicating unnecessary costs,” explained Hardiman.

The SaaSn-Bluekey partnership further supports Bluekey and Orbis Software’s—the author of TaskCentre—goal of becoming the leading provider of automated BPM solutions to the global SMB marketplace in the SADC regions.

Johnson Controls Unlocks Big Data Potential for Software Developers

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Panoptix solution spurs developer activity and launches new online marketplace

Johnson Controls, the global leader in building efficiency, has introduced the Panoptix software development community, providing building data, tools and support to developers to create and market new applications that address energy efficiency, sustainability and operations.

“Johnson Controls is connecting big data with big ideas to create more choices and access for building owners,” says Neil Cameron, GM at Johnson Controls Systems & Service – Africa “This open platform allows developers to do what they do best – create applications. As a result, building owners and facility managers will have access to a growing list of choices to manage their facilities.”

Five initial partner-developed applications will be available for purchase in the new Panoptix marketplace, which provides a global venue to sell applications to building owners and operators. Applications were created and available from EnergyAi, Lucid, EnergyPoints, FirstFuel and T4G.

Lucid developed the Building Dashboard application in Panoptix, which monitors and displays energy and water use in real time on touch screen kiosks and the web, providing a sustainability engagement platform for occupants, building visitors and the public.

“Panoptix allowed us to go deeper with customer solutions by letting us focus on what we do with the information, rather than how we get the information,” says Michael Murray, chief executive officer, Lucid. “Panoptix allowed us to pull data from many different sites and different systems, not just Johnson Controls but others as well, through a common API. That eases the costs associated with system integration, and that means that more of our resources, and frankly more of the customers’ resources, go into delivering value instead of into system integration.”

Panoptix was introduced in 2011 at the Greenbuild Expo in Toronto. The Panoptix solution builds upon Johnson Controls’ expertise in building technologies and systems integration to help building owners and operators achieve improved building performance and energy efficiency. It is a combination of software and services to help single building owners or managers of global enterprises improve the performance of their buildings, decrease energy use and operational costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is driven by cloud-based apps that provide visibility into how every system, subsystem and device is functioning, and provides information to take actions to improve their performance. It works with any size building, any building management system; can be accessed by any computer, tablet or smartphone; and is supported with industry news, an online community and Johnson Controls Live Guide experts.

Johnson Controls has changed the way buildings are designed, built and operated, making them more efficient and sustainable for more than 125 years since its founder invented the electric thermostat. In North America, Johnson Controls is the largest Energy Services Company (ESCO) with $7.5 million in guaranteed savings in North America and has the largest service network with approximately 5,000 service trucks and thousands of technicians. Globally, Johnson Controls is the largest facility management company with 1.8 billion in managed square feet of managed space. The company has leading building management systems, equipment and technologies including its flagship building management system, Metasys, which has been installed at more than 100,000 customer sites globally. Over the past decade, more than 1000 Johnson Controls employees have achieved LEED credentials.

SAMRAS continues to power South Africa’s most productive municipalities

By admin, 13 grudnia, 2012, No Comment

SAMRAS software has once again demonstrated the key role it can play in helping local government deliver better service to citizens. According to the 2012 Municipal Productivity Index, the top three municipalities and the top three larger municipalities all run on Bytes Systems Integration’s SAMRAS enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for local government

The Municipal Productivity Index[1] is an annual ranking that combines financial and non-financial data to assess the ability of individuals and economic agents to operate productively in their municipalities. It thus indirectly reflects the performance of the local municipalities by measuring the extent to which they provide the empowering environment for their citizens’ economic activity.

According to the 2012 Index, the top three municipalities are Overstrand, Stellenbosch and Bitou, while the top three district municipalities nationally are West Coast, Overberg and Cape Winelands.

“Aside from the fact that they are all in the Western Cape, what these six leading municipalities have in common is that they all use SAMRAS,” says Brian Brougham-Cook, general manager for SAMRAS at Bytes Systems Integration. “A further 34 municipalities around the country also use our product.”

SAMRAS, or the South African Municipal Resource System, is an ERP system developed by Bytes for local government. The Classic portion of the system (SAMRASclassic) has been in existence for several decades, and now also includes a Plus version built on Microsoft technologies which include several additional modules including Performance Management (SDBIP), Contracts management for Income, Expenditure and Payroll Contracts which also links into to SAMRAS SCM Module.

According to Brougham-Cook, SAMRAS is able to compete successfully with conventional ERP systems like SAP and Oracle because it is much less expensive to implement and maintain—and it has been developed specifically for South African local government’s requirements, both in terms of service delivery and in terms of good governance standards like GRAP, NT reporting and soon to come SCOA .

“Local government has very specific challenges and must also conform to stringent National Treasury guidelines,” says Brougham-Cook. “SAMRAS has been refined over the years in close collaboration with our users to help them overcome these challenges and streamline their processes. The end result: municipalities better able to provide the services that empower their inhabitants to be more productive in whatever they do.”

[1] http://www.municipaliq.co.za/publications/press/201112061036131698.doc

Another satellite internet first from Vox Telecom

By admin, 13 grudnia, 2012, No Comment

YahClick, the satellite internet service from Vox Telecom, was the first Ka-band satellite broadband service to launch in South Africa. It has changed the face of connectivity and enables consumers and businesses around the country to access high-speed internet at prices that are comparable to terrestrial services. As a sign of what’s to come, Vox Telecom has now launched a range of new services on their YahClick platform, offering either double or treble the bandwidth to customers without much of a change in price.

YahClick was initially aimed at rural and outlying areas, but Vox Telecom has recognised that there are many urban areas where ADSL isn’t an option due to limited available ports locally or full exchanges and have restructured their packages accordingly.

YahClick is now a viable broadband option for those who can’t get ADSL, or reliable 3G, or who need a backup service in case of outages.

“We have added a huge amount of value to our packages, adding up to 400% more bandwidth that customers now have access to; and we’ve also now added ; voice-specific plans that are a perfect fit for products such as the Vox Supafone,” says YahClick product manager, Jacques Visser. “We have packages retailing at less than R50 per GB, which is an average of up to 8 times cheaper than most of our competitors and another first for South Africa.”

Installation can be done in one day anywhere within the YahClick coverage area and the technology now also offers the additional options of IP telephony, static IP addresses and Virtual Private Network (VPN) capability. With trained installers around the country, Vox Telecom ensures fast turnaround times and access to reliable support.

“We will also be adding two exciting new uncapped solutions from the middle of December 2012,” says Visser.

The service is available through all Vox Telecom and @lantic outlets countrywide. For more information, visit www.yahclick.co.za or call 087 151 0000.

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