Archive for Lipiec, 2014

uAfrica.com rolls out African expansion plan

By admin, 15 lipca, 2014, No Comment

uAfrica.com, a leading South African eCommerce technology company, today announced the launch of the first phase of its expansion plan into the rest of Africa. The first phase targets Nigeria with a trial Proof of Concept (POC) partnership with MTN Business customers who will be able to develop their own online shops through uAfrica.com. Phase two will see uAfrica.com launch their services in Kenya and later on in Uganda with key business partners established in both these regions.

“uAfrica.com’s goal is to enable 1000 online stores outside of South Africa in the next 12 months,” said Andy Higgins, the Managing Director of uAfrica.com. “We have also identified Nigeria as one of our biggest markets in Africa and predict that in time they will outgrow South Africa and become our biggest market in Africa, so we’re thrilled to have launched our pilot project to such an enthusiastic response with our Nigerian partners.” Higgins concluded.

Two large online retailers, Konga.com and Jumia.com.ng, have lead the charge in the Nigerian online retail space by offering their consumers the convenience of being able to purchase a range of goods online that they also deliver. uAfrica.com however, has targeted SMEs specifically to support local entrepreneurial merchant start-ups within the market. Initially uAfrica.com will offer basic online storefront services followed by additional services around payments, logistics and marketing support and will later launch a multi-channelled selling solution to these customers. An important element of uAfrica.com’s basic product offering is the ability to trade via their mobile devices as research shows that many potential, first-time eCommerce customers will use their devices to first engage in the online retail environments.
Interesting challenges uAfrica.com will be facing when entering these markets but challenges which will make them market leaders in these territories in the longer term include:

  • Payments, although outside of South Africa Cash On Delivery (COD) is the most widely used form of payment and
  • Logistics, as the maize of informal roads and walkways create undefined addresses to households with some consumers even resorting to pinning their delivery location on a Google map.

Predictions about why industry experts foresee Nigeria’s eCommerce industry to lead the African online retail environment can be partly attributed to the huge growth forecast for Nigeria with their GDP being the largest in Africa, the fact that millions of dollars have been invested by global companies into Nigerian eCommerce retailers Konga.com and Jumia.com.ng, and the fact that Lagos has only two physical shopping malls servicing between 20 to 25 million people – numbers that will be tricky if not impossible to maintain long term and which is why uAfrica.com is keen to service the market. uAfrica.com is resolute to assist local entrepreneurs and SMEs to claim their piece of this pie.

OpenWeb to turn ADSL market upside down

By admin, 9 lipca, 2014, No Comment

Local ISP OpenWeb has launched Hybrid Uncapped, a broadband offering that is set to revolutionise the ADSL market. Due to customer increased demand, OpenWeb now offers Capped-Unshaped Premium daytime broadband with Uncapped-Shaped up to 6Mbps data after hours.

OpenWeb CEO Keoma Wright says Hybrid Uncapped will be filling a large gap in the market. “Clients are demanding premium Capped bandwidth during office hours and uncapped data after hours. We have finally made this request a reality.”

Hybrid Uncapped is available in various packages ranging from 50GB to 200GB and starting at only R299 per month. 50GB Hybrid Uncapped will provide customers with 50GB’s of Capped-Unshaped Premium daytime (weekdays 7am – 7pm) bandwidth and Uncapped-Shaped up to 6Mbps data all other times.

Once customers reach their cap, daytime speed will be limited to 384k but after hour speeds will remain untouched. However, they can top-up at any time.

Clients can purchase the accounts via debit order or credit card and it can be purchased as a once-off account or monthly. Should a client purchase via credit card, OpenWeb will provide instant activation.

“We are so excited with all the new developments taking place at OpenWeb. We will be turning the ADSL market upside down in the next few months. Watch this space, our clients will be so proud,” concludes Wright.

For more information and pricing contact OpenWeb on 0861 22 44 66 or email admin@openweb.co.za or visit http://www.openweb.co.za

Presenting ConvergeSA 2014: The Converged Communications Conference

By admin, 7 lipca, 2014, No Comment

By Andy Moller

Africa’s most prominent VoIP communications conference returns this year with a new title, ConvergeSA, and will take place at the Bytes Conference Centre in Johannesburg on 15 August, 2014.

ConvergeSA is a one day conference and networking event that brings together the leaders in the South African converged communications industry. The event was formally hosted under the name ‘VoiceSA’ as far back as 2010 and has proved its position as the leading professional communications conference in SA with over 300 industry professionals attending. Now the event returns under the title ConvergeSA to encompass all elements of the converged communications industry.

“The telecommunications industry in South Africa has undergone massive transformation in the last decade from constant change in the regulatory environment to rapid technology innovation in converged communications,” says Adrian Bush, Director of Even Flow Distribution (the Presenting Sponsor), “ConvergeSA is South Africa’s only industry conference that explores the landscape of SA’s evolving business communications industry.”

The event provides attendees with an opportunity to hear from the leading industry players on a wide range of topics, from what further changes we can expect in the regulatory environment to insight into what technology developments can be expected in the years to come. It also provides a unique opportunity to network and collaborate with other industry professionals.

Delegates can expect to benefit from:

  • Presentations and panel discussions from leading industry professionals
  • An interactive exhibition showcasing next generation communication solutions
  • A lively networking event to connect, collaborate and communicate
  • Free beer at the post event gathering… need we say more!

For the best that business communication infrastructure has to offer, be sure to book your ConvergeSA 2014 ticket as soon as possible. You can also sign up for the ConvergeSA Newsletter to stay in the loop of further developments.

Our Keynote Speaker will be announced in next week’s ConvergeSA Newsletter.

Our current sponsors are:

  • Yealink – Platinum Sponsor
  • snom – Silver Sponsor
  • Even Flow – Presenting Sponsor
  • MyBroadband – Media Sponsor
  • WhichVoIP – Media Sponsor

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