The rise of e-commerce on the African continent is changing the face of the traditional consumer, and brands need to adapt their business models and strategies in order to remain relevant amongst consumers and avoid a drop in market share.
African consumers are increasingly searching online platforms with commercial intent, which include querying prices of goods, and researching where products or services can be purchased. According to research by Google South Africa(1), there was an increase of 49% in query volumes in Nigeria, 37% in South Africa and 33% in Kenya, during 2014.
Charles Brewer, Managing Director of DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa, says that understanding your consumer, knowing how to target communications to them and ultimately deliver what they want, when they want it, is key to the ongoing success of e-commerce in the region.
“Africa’s growing middle class is driving consumer demand and in turn, the e-commerce industry on the continent. As a result, retailers need to ask themselves if they are ready for this ‘new’ and evolving client base. Logistically and operationally speaking, businesses will need to shift from a business-to-business approach to a more business-to-consumer approach as retailers will now have to meet the demand of transporting products to individual clients. New structures will need to be implemented to ensure that the company’s supply chain is agile enough to respond quickly and effectively to the increased demand.”
Brewer adds that while there is huge potential for e-commerce in the region, compared to emerging markets, e-retailing in Africa is still in its infancy. A recent retailing study(2) conducted by Urban Studies on behalf of South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC), revealed that Africa and the Middle East’s share of global e-commerce in 2015 is just 2%, but that it shows high potential. This is supported by a recent report by McKinsey & Company, which revealed e-commerce could account for 10% of retail sales in Africa's largest economies by 2025. Google also predicts that a massive e-commerce market will emerge in Africa by 2017 as the continent becomes more familiar with technological advances.
As e-commerce gains momentum, it once again highlights the potential for local retailers and entrepreneurs. A great success story is that of Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, who founded soleRebels, a footwear company in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2005. Within less than a decade, she has been able to grow her business from an organization of just five people, producing for her local market, to a global organization of over 300 employees with eight stand-alone stores, serving over 50 countries. The key to her success in a fiercely competitive retail environment was a combination of traditional African artisan skills and technologies, innovative use of local (often recycled) materials, personal drive and energy, and a global vision.
“This is just one example of the many opportunities that we are seeing in the region. In this developing market, the needs of the emerging e-commerce players have played a key role in our aggressive expansion strategy in Africa,” concludes Brewer. • 3/15
Mahindra Comviva, the global leader in providing mobility solutions, announced an exclusive partnership with TRACE TV, one of the leading music channels to launch TRACE Music Stars across all Airtel operations in Africa. Contestants will have the chance to compete for a grand prize of 30,000 Euros and a recording deal with Universal Music. The winner will travel toto New York to be personally mentored by American R&B and hip hop recording artist, songwriter, and record producer, AKON. The grand finale will be held on March 2015.
Mahindra Comviva is providing a complete ecosystem and end-to-end solution for the rapid deployment, provisioning, execution, management and billing of various value added services to enable this initiative.
Additionally, Mahindra Comviva’s mKaroke will provide the users with real-time singing analysis and voice supervision to deepen the user engagement.
TRACE Music Stars will be executed as a large-scale branding campaign and value added music service, available exclusively for Airtel subscribers. It is an IVR based music competition that gives subscribers the opportunity to become the next big music star in their country and possibly across Africa and the world without having to go through long and expensive traditional castings.
The competition will offer participants an option to rehearse on a phone karaoke that scores their performance. On scoring low points the contestants can try again without having to stand in long queues.
Commenting on the initiative Atul Madan, Head of Digital Services, Mahindra Comviva said “Mahindra Comviva has been constantly working towards revolutionizing the music market in Africa by providing localized content, identifying independent artists and labels, and disseminating music across the region.
On an average, music services in Africa contribute 40% to operators' downloadable content revenues. To cater to fast evolving trends and sustain consumer engagement, the company is constantly introducing innovative service features like mKaraoke, user generated music content and social RBT. The partnership with TRACE and Airtel is a testament of our efforts in emerging as the leader in the digital music space.”
Olivier Laouchez, TRACE’s CEO said “We are pleased to partner with Mahindra Comviva in bringing a platform to empower the youth. Mahindra Comviva’s unrivalled expertise in digital music, VAS Technologies and deep understanding of the African market helped us bring this initiative to life.”
Mahindra Comviva is betting big on its digital music portfolio across video, voice and text. The company has collaborated with over 110 local and international content providers, copyright bodies, local artists, premium music labels and production houses in the continent.
The company owns rights to unique music tracks in African, Arabic and international categories, and offers multiple genres including Hip Hop, Pop, Inspirational, Rumba, Hip Life, Football Chants, Gospel, Jazz, Rock, Reggae and Retro in more than 35 local African languages. • 11/14
Cellebrite Offers First and Only Diagnostics Solution to Detect and Remove Malicious Applications and URLs from Mobile Devices with Webroot’s Award-Winning Antimalware Solution
Cellebrite, the leading provider of retail mobile data solutions, and Webroot, a leader in cloud-based security intelligence solutions, today announced a technology partnership. The WebrootÒ Mobile App Reputation Service and URL Classification Service will be integrated with Cellebrite’s Diagnostics solution. The combination will enable mobile operators and mobile retailers deploying Cellebrite’s Diagnostics to proactively identify and remediate security threats and performance problems on their customer’s mobile device by leveraging the extensive Webroot threat database, which contains millions of mobile application and website antimalware signatures.
The addition of antimalware capabilities from Webroot to Cellebrite’s comprehensive mobile device diagnostics solution allows wireless retailers to increase customer smartphone satisfaction while avoiding costly repairs. The integrated solution addresses the emerging class of phone problems and threats caused by mobile malware—in addition to detecting and correcting problems resulting from a wide range of hardware faults and operating system malfunctions.
With the delivery of the integrated Webroot solution, Cellebrite becomes the first and only multi-channel phone diagnostics solution provider to offer antimalware detection and removal to mobile carriers and retailers, and the first such vendor to provide this market with cloud-based mobile threat protection from Webroot. Webroot security intelligence services have analyzed more than 7.8 million mobile applications and categorized more than 10 billion web URLs with sophisticated website reputation scoring to identify and block mobile threats and malicious websites on iOSÒ and AndroidÔ devices.
The combined offering will enable mobile retailers to immediately address customer problems related to mobile malware – in addition to problems emanating from other sources – at the point of sale by running Cellebrite Diagnostics on a device. At the customer’s direction, the suspicious applications, websites or malware can then be immediately removed from the device. By identifying and removing threats, mobile retailers can limit reputational damage due to customer dissatisfaction and reduce costs due to malware-related issues, such as unnecessary returns, repairs, or network performance issues. The solution’s general availability is scheduled for the second calendar quarter in 2014.
“Webroot is excited to team with Cellebrite to help mobile retailers and carriers protect their customers from quickly evolving mobile threats,” said Scott Merkle, vice president of Enterprise and OEM Sales at Webroot. “By leveraging Webroot’s best-in-class URL classification and mobile app reputation with its Diagnostics, Cellebrite provides a highly secure service that can grow their retailers’ customer bases, maximize recurring revenue streams and enable consumers to get the most value from their mobile device investments.”
“Malware detection, removal and resolution are vital components to an effective mobile diagnostics solution. The source of consumers’ complaints about smartphone problems is no longer confined to hardware and software faults, but also increasingly related to applications hurt by malware,” said Amir Lehr, vice president of Cellular Products and Business Development at Cellebrite. Lehr continued, “Combining our diagnostics with the Webroot solutions makes Cellebrite the first Diagnostics provider to deliver, at the point of sale, immediate access to best in class antimalware technology, focused on this critical application layer, from an industry leader that shares Cellebrite’s commitment to research and continual improvement through innovation.” • 25-2-14
Cellebrite is a world leader in delivering data and diagnostics solutions for the mobile value chain. Operators and retailers are provided with advanced value-added services to enhance the customer’s experience and improve satisfaction. The company’s advanced retail mobile solutions are unique in offering in-store phone-to-phone content transfer, backup and restore, diagnostics, application and content delivery. In addition, Cellebrite offers retailers monitoring, statistics and analysis of sales activities. The company has more than 150,000 units deployed at more than 200 mobile carriers and retailers globally, representing well over 100,000 stores handling hundreds of millions of transactions a year. Founded in 1999, Cellebrite is a subsidiary of the Sun Corporation, a publicly traded Japanese company.
Webroot is the market leader in cloud delivered security software as a service solutions for consumers, businesses and enterprises. We have revolutionized internet security to protect all the ways you connect online. Webroot delivers real-time advanced internet threat protection to customers through its BrightCloud® security intelligence platform, and its SecureAnywhereÔ suite of security products for endpoints, mobile devices and corporate networks. Over 7 million consumers, 1.5 million business users and 1.3 million mobile users are protected by Webroot. Market leading security companies, including Palo Alto Networks, F5, Cisco, Aruba, NetCitadel, GateProtect, Microsoft and others choose Webroot to provide advanced internet threat protection for their products and services. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Colorado, Webroot is the largest privately held Internet security company in the United States – operating globally across North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information on our products and services, visit www.webroot.com.
Lack of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure is holding the African insurance market back
The African Insurance Organisation has long warned that lack of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure is holding the African insurance market back. The additional challenge of getting legacy systems to provide improved risk management and mobile services, is forcing insurers to rethink their systems strategy.
Rhys Collins, Head of African Operations for SSP says modern technology overcomes these challenges, and this is increasingly drawing new players into the African insurance market.
Both Hollard and Sanlam, for example, have had good success in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana and Nigeria and are believed to be eyeing other opportunities across the continent.
“The tighter regulatory and governance requirements are good for the industry,” continues Collins, “but, the flipside for insurers is that many will need to make major changes to their administration systems.”
As well as regulatory changes, SSP says the growth in mobile is the other key trend to watch in the African insurance market. Unlike other markets, the African consumer is by-passing the desktop internet connection and going directly to hand-held devices,” says Collins.
“With the likes of M-Pesa and Fundamo now household names processing billions of dollars in transactions every year, and mobile use in Africa continuing to grow at a rapid pace, insurers need to raise their game.”
He believes that to deliver insurance products and services effectively on the ground, insurers and managing agents need a strong core insurance system and ICT infrastructure in place. ““There’s no denying that Africa has entered the age of mobile. Insurers and managing agents need to consider and embrace this and use the many advantages it offers to enhance their offering, or stand the risk of being left behind. To do this they need a modern, flexible insurance solution. Obviously this is easier for new start-ups, but for firms with existing legacy solutions, complex and risky transformation projects are not always popular in boardrooms. However, by adopting a gradual approach to legacy modernisation, such as SSP’s Enhance and Evolve approach, insurers can address their most urgent business priorities proactively. They can extend the life of their existing systems and only replace when the time is right, in line with their long-term strategic priorities,” concludes Collins. • Source: APO (25/11/13)
SSP is the global technology company with unrivalled expertise across the entire general insurance supply chain - shaping a better industry. With the greatest knowledge, talent and technology in our market, we bring value to every client engagement. • Knowledge: Over 25 years’ experience • Talent: 700+ of the most talented IT professionals • Technology: The broadest range of capabilities. There is nobody better equipped to deliver business capabilities that improve performance, facilitate greater distribution and enhance customer experience for the best return.
High-performance, Cost-effective RAID Storage Solutions for the Data Center, Surveillance, Cloud, and Rich Media Markets
PROMISE Technology, Inc., a leader in developing high-performance RAID storage solutions that solve the unique challenges customers face in the data center, surveillance, cloud, and rich media markets, today announced that it will be showcasing its complete line of storage solutions at CeBIT 2013 (Hall 2, Stand B54) from March 5 - 9 in Hannover, Germany.
Attendees of CeBIT 2013 can experience hands-on demonstrations of the latest VTrak enterprise-class storage solutions from PROMISE, which an increasing number of the world’s leading data centers rely on to ensure critical data is consistently available and manageable. Additionally, attendees can discover how PROMISE’s new Vess A2000 Series NVR appliance for IP video surveillance, pre-loaded with the latest video management software from Milestone, helps protect companies and organizations from the growing threats they are facing today.
"As the world’s largest stage for the latest innovations in the ICT industry, CeBIT is the ideal forum for PROMISE Technology to demonstrate its expansive portfolio of leading-edge RAID storage solutions,” said John van den Elzen, Managing Director of PROMISE Technology EMEA. “For the past 25 years PROMISE has been dedicated to advancing technology to improve the storage capabilities of our users and we are excited to be able to showcase these innovations at CeBIT 2013.”
Attendees of CeBIT 2013 can experience exciting demonstrations of the following solutions from PROMISE Technology:
Data Center Storage Solutions: Fast becoming the top solution the world’s leading data centers trust with their critical data, the VTrak family of enterprise-class storage solutions provides industry leading performance and reliability for mission critical environments at an affordable price.
Surveillance Storage Solutions: The Vess A2000 Series are NVR appliances built especially for mid-size to large scale IP video surveillance deployments, including banks, malls, casinos, factories, and many more installations. See demonstrations of the Vess A2000 Series in action with the world’s best video management software from Milestone, AxxonSoft, CamIQ and Genetec. Plus, see the most cost-effective external storage solutions for video surveillance, the Vess R2000 and Vess J2000.
Cloud Storage Solutions: SmartStor Cloud is a hybrid cloud solution that enables users to store all their files in one place, so the files can easily be accessed from anywhere and shared with others. Attendees of CeBIT 2013 can see exciting demonstrations that illustrate how SmartStor Cloud is ideal for businesses because it provides convenient mobile access and file sharing while still enabling IT to securely control data and manage user accounts.
Rich Media Storage Solutions: PROMISE is proud to showcase the world’s fastest and widest range of storage solutions with Thunderbolt technology, including the ultra-portable Pegasus J2, the versatile Pegasus J4, and the lightning fast Pegasus R4/R6. Attendees can evaluate which Pegasus storage solution meets the demands of their creative application.
To learn more about PROMISE Technology and its dynamic line of storage solutions, attendees can visit PROMISE Technology at CeBIT 2013.
What: PROMISE Exhibiting at CeBIT 2013
When: March 5 - 9, 2013
Where: Exhibition Grounds, 30521 Hannover, Germany: Hall 2, Stand B54
One of World's Largest Libraries Drive Web Environment and File Access with Avere FXT Series Edge Filers
Avere Systems has announced that the Library of Congress has selected the company to increase the efficiency and performance of its storage infrastructure.
The Library of Congress website and file repositories will be supported by Avere's FXT Series Edge Filers, enabling congressional and public users quick access to valuable content.
"The Avere FXT Series, with its ability to deliver up to 150 TB of Flash in a single cluster, was built to address the difficulty of providing fast and scalable access to large amounts of content typified by the Library of Congress data environment," said Ron Bianchini, president and CEO, Avere Systems.
"This is a tremendous achievement for Avere and we are excited that our products are helping the Library of Congress deliver its massive data stores to users."
As the world's largest library and the research arm of the United States Congress, the amount of digitized data is staggering. With a collection of 150 million-plus items ranging from cataloged books, to manuscripts, to sheet music and sound recordings, the government agency required a robust and scalable NAS solution for this data.
With the help of Avere, the Library of Congress can optimize the performance of its current storage environment and can consolidate the management of millions of files into a single global namespace.
"The Library of Congress is a great example of how to address big data management with hybrid storage systems that are highly performant yet highly efficient," said Rebecca Thompson, vice president of marketing, Avere Systems.
"With the addition of Avere, the Library of Congress can continue to provide its constituents with quick access to information in the face of continued data growth." • 6/13
Avere Systems brings to the market NAS Optimization solutions designed specifically to scale performance and capacity separately and take advantage of new storage media using real-time tiering. Avere's FXT Series Edge filers allow organizations to achieve unlimited application performance scaling, free applications from the confines of the data center by eliminating latency and cut storage costs by more than half.
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The map of Russia includes 155 212 municipalities, allowing address search and providing road network for 10 960 of them.
The address database contains 8 427 476 unique addresses. The POI database has been updated and extended as well, including now the total of 1 074 862 POI. Length of the road graph is 3 870 215 km.
Current changes of the road network as per November 1, 2014 have been added to the map, as well as new interchanges and overpasses.
The map of Ukraine includes 29 976 municipalities, allowing address search and providing road network for 1 590 of them, 2 136 247 addresses being available for the address search.
The POI database has been updated and extended including now the total of 114 086 POI. Length of the road graph is 1 124 476 km.
Address data inconsistencies for Ukraine road network were fixed, taking into account NAVITEL® users’ messages from official forum and through bug-tracker on the official website.
The map of Belarus includes 22 879 municipalities, allowing address search and providing road network for 737 of them, 602 788 addresses being available for the address search. The map contains 61 434 POI. Length of the road graph is 284 321 km.
The map of Kazakhstan includes 9 760 municipalities, allowing address search and providing road network for 86 of them, 268 583 addresses being available for the address search. The map contains 16 808 POI. Length of the road graph is 1 258 510 km.
The map of each country includes residential and industrial objects and sites of cities, towns and settlements allowing address search, highly detailed road network, including streets and roads and taking into account road directions, as well as interchanges, roundabouts and other important information. • 11/14
You can visit the "Coverage" section of the website to get more information on new maps, available for other countries. • Important: Please note that Q3 2014 maps are compatible only with the 126.96.36.199 and later versions of Navitel Navigator.
DHL’s latest trend report identifies eleven potential Augmented Reality use cases in logistics • Wearables and Augmented Reality enable higher efficiency as well as speed, resulting in an improved supply chain
Cape Town •DHL, the world’s leading logistics provider, has issued a new study on Augmented Reality in logistics, focusing on possible applications of this emerging trend in the different stages of the supply chain. The trend report illustrates how operations in warehouses, during transportation and last-mile delivery as well as value-added services could be enhanced by computer-generated sensory input such as videos or graphics. The trend report has been developed by DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation’s Trend Research team as part of an on-going research project into Augmented Reality in logistics. DHL is planning to test some of the derived use cases in proof of concept studies.
Augmented Reality (AR) – a live, direct or indirect, enhanced view of a real-world environment whose elements are augmented by a computer-generated sensory – merges what’s real and what’s computer generated by adding layers of digital information, such as sounds, videos, graphics or GPS data, in the line of vision with the use of a devices, such as glasses or smartphones.
“Recent developments such as heads-up displays on windshields or use of Augmented Reality for vehicle repairs from the automotive sector shows how rapidly this technology is developing and finding its way into industries outside of the IT sector. We believe that the technology also offers significant potential for the logistics industry, and are currently selecting cases for further research,” explains Charles Brewer, Managing Director of DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa.
We move in excess of 2 million shipments per day across our network, and rely on world class technology to provide a seamless and reliable delivery service for our customers. We are always interested in the latest IT developments and it’s no surprise that this exciting new trend is already scheduled for proof of testing studies.”
The trend report explains briefly the emerging trend and innovation in Augmented Reality technology and hardware and how it can be implemented in logistics. It also provides an overview on best practices from various industries. “Augmented Reality in Logistics” presents 11 different possible applications for the industry, among them improved picking in warehouses for example, by equipping staff with head mounted displays, they could find the right route and the right item more efficiently. The surplus in information would also reduce picking errors.
Brewer explains that the report also sketches how transportation could be perfected. “Delivery vehicles with augmented windshields could display real-time traffic data, as well as other valuable information, such as cargo temperature and alerts, thereby minimising driver distraction.”
Moreover, drivers and staff at the parcel hub could be equipped with wearable devices to gain critical information on each parcel, such as contents, weight and destination. This would improve loading processes and reduce handling damages. Finally, Augmented Reality could also improve maintenance and repair services offered by logistics providers if workers are equipped with smart glasses that blend in step-by-step instructions.
The trend report “Augmented Reality in Logistics” has been created on the basis of the overarching Logistics Trend Radar, which DHL uses to identify and leverage trends and technologies relevant for the logistics industry. • Source: APO (26-6-14)
SanDisk Corporation ha anunciado hoy la nueva tarjeta de memoria SanDisk Ultra® microSDXC™ UHS-I de 128GB, la tarjeta de memoria microSD con la mayor capacidad del mundo. Más pequeña que una uña, la nueva tarjeta Ultra microSDXC de SanDisk permite a los consumidores utilizar sus teléfonos y tabletas como si nunca hubieran tenido que preocuparse por las limitaciones del almacenamiento, permitiendo a los usuarios capturar miles de canciones, fotos y horas de vídeo en una única tarjeta extraíble.
“La tarjeta de memoria de alto rendimiento de SanDisk – la SanDisk Ultra microSDXC de 128 GB – cambiará la manera en la que los usuarios interactúan con sus dispositivos”, dijo Stuart Robinson, director, Tecnologías de Terminales en Strategy Analytics. “Hasta ahora, los consumidores tenían que almacenar sus contenidos en múltiples productos porque la memoria de cada dispositivo no era suficiente para guardar todos los datos en un único lugar. Esta tarjeta microSD de 128 GB se va a convertir en la opción preferida para el almacenamiento extraíble, proporcionando a los usuarios un acceso rápido, seguro y fiable a sus archivos de datos personales”.
Ideal para los actuales usuarios de smartphones y tabletas
Diseñada para los smartphones y tabletas Android™, la nueva tarjeta SanDisk Ultra microSDXC proporciona a los consumidores la capacidad más alta en un dispositivo extraíble. Ideal para grabar vídeos en Full HD y hacer fotos de alta calidad, la tarjeta SanDisk Ultra microSDXC de 128 GB es dos veces más rápida que las tarjetas de memoria microSD normales3 y ofrece el mejor rendimiento de grabación en vídeo disponible.
“La nueva tarjeta SanDisk Ultra microSDXC demuestra una vez más cómo SanDisk sigue extendiendo las posibilidades del almacenamiento para que los consumidores puedan aprovechar nuestros últimos avances tecnológicos”, dijo Susan Park, directora, marketing de productos de retail, SanDisk. “Con 128 GB de almacenamiento extraíble, los consumidores disfrutarán de la libertad de poder captar y guardar los contenidos que quieran en un smartphone o tableta, sin preocuparse de quedarse sin espacio de almacenamiento”.
Mejoras en la aplicación SanDisk Memory Zone: organizar, optimizar y guardar copias de seguridad de los smartphones Android de manera más inteligente.
Una nueva versión de la aplicación SanDisk® Memory Zone (disponible en la tienda Google Play™ en su versión beta) permite a los usuarios visualizar, acceder y guardar copias de seguridad de todos sus archivos con facilidad, desde la memoria de sus teléfonos en un único lugar. Como parte de la aplicación SanDisk Memory Zone, SanDisk lanzará OptiMem™, una nueva característica que permite a los usuarios de Android mejorar la memoria interna de su teléfono al transferir de forma automática algunas de sus fotos y vídeos antiguos a su tarjeta microSD4.
OptiMem monitorizará los niveles de memoria del dispositivo móvil del usuario de forma continua y les informará en el momento en el que la memoria interna llega a estar por debajo de un umbral ya definido.
Comparado con el formato de tarjeta microSD cuando se lanzó por primera vez en 2004 con 128 MB de capacidad, SanDisk ha multiplicado la capacidad de almacenamiento de las tarjetas microSD por 1.000 en menos de diez años con la tarjeta SanDisk Ultra microSDXC de 128 GB. Para hacer posible 128 GB de almacenamiento en una tarjeta microSD extraíble, SanDisk ha desarrollado una innovadora técnica propia que permite que 16 dados de memoria puedan apilarse verticalmente, cortados uno a uno para ser más fino que un pelo.
“La tecnología utilizada para diseñar la tarjeta Ultra microSDXC de 128 GB está en línea con lo que esperan los usuarios móviles y es muestra de la apuesta de SanDisk por la movilidad”, dijo Christopher Chute, director de investigación, Imagen Digital Global en IDC. “Poder encajar tanta capacidad en una tarjeta microSD más pequeña que una uña cambia las reglas del juego y expande las posibilidades de lo que la gente puede hacer con sus dispositivos móviles. La tarjeta Ultra microSDXC de 128 GB libera a los usuarios de las constantes preocupaciones acerca de las limitaciones del almacenamiento”. • 25-2-14
Las familias de tarjetas de memoria SanDisk Ultra microSDHC/microSDXC estarán disponibles en España con capacidades de entre 8 GB y 128 GB en los próximos meses. En EE. UU., la tarjeta SanDisk Ultra microSDXC de 128 GB se puede comprar exclusivamente en BestBuy.com y Amazon.com, y estarán disponibles con capacidades de entre 8 GB y 128 GB con PRVP de entre 29,99 y 199,99 USD.
SanDisk en el Mobile World Congress
SanDisk estará mostrando la nueva tarjeta de memoria SanDisk Ultra microSDXC de 128 GB en su stand en el Mobile World Congress, en el Pabellón 7, stand 7A61. Allí también se estará exhibiendo la nueva unidad flash embebida iNAND Extreme™.
Luncheon panel • MWC 2014
Kirusa, the leader in voice and social media solutions for emerging markets, is hosting a luncheon panel on “Driving Smartphone Adoption in Emerging Markets”, featuring African superstar Yvonne Nelson at 12 noon in Glub Restaurant in Porta Fira Hotel on 25th February 2014.
The luncheon will focus on rich media messaging and data services for smartphones in emerging markets, and networking with telecom people from across the globe. The panel will feature African movie actress and model, Yvonne Nelson, and include the global telecom industry’s top executives, journalists, and investors, including:
The next big step for emerging markets is data usage on Smartphones. Smartphone use in emerging markets is on rise and major mobile manufacturers and distributors are starting to focus on designing devices that cater to the needs of developing regions. Thanks to a host of new entry level models from leading brands like Samsung, Nokia and Blackberry, the emerging markets of Asia and Africa are on the brink of a Smartphone revolution.
Kirusa is directly integrated with more than 35 major carriers in 20 emerging market countries. With more than 80 million monthly unique subscribers, and 1.3 billion monthly events, Kirusa enables emerging markets’ mobile subscribers to “Have a Voice” and share their stories with friends and families across the globe. Kirusa’s unique footprint provides an unparalleled distribution network that can be leveraged by marketers, advertisers and publishers alike to engage the “next billion” of mobile users.
Kirusa’s Celeb Connect service brings a common man closer to the celebrities he admires. It empowers people to connect to the role models they idolize on screen.
Kirusa bridges the connectivity gap with its cutting-edge mobile solutions. Kirusa’s recently launched InstaVoice app provides the growing African and Indian Smartphone segment with text and voice chatting, along with missed calls and visual voicemail, brought together in a compelling interactive user interface.
Inderpal Singh Mumick, CEO, Kirusa, added, “We are delighted to host a lunch for a global telecom industry audience, and I am thankful to our panelists and attendees for agreeing to be a part of the debate on growth of smartphones in the emerging markets of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. At Kirusa, we are working to further the smartphone adoption by offering innovative solutions that benefit the mobile smartphone user”. • 25/2/14
African consumers are increasingly choosing to purchase gifts online
With the increased availability of broadband access, more affordable data costs offered by mobile operators and the consistent development of mobile devices, online shopping is gaining great traction in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Fatima Sullivan, Head of Retail at DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa says that with the upcoming festive season fast approaching, consumers are increasingly choosing to purchase gifts online from both local and foreign retailers due to the ability to select from a wide range of products at competitive prices, without being limited by geographical locations, at any time that is convenient to them.
“With improved infrastructure, in terms of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and online safety and security, more people are choosing to make use of online shopping over traditional brick and mortar outlets due to the variety of products available to them at just a click of a button,” says Sullivan.
She points to the amazing successes of local ecommerce start-ups like Zando in South Africa and JUMIA in Nigeria; both part of the Africa Internet Holding, who are gearing up for the festive season. JUMIA, which only launched in 2012, has already expanded into six markets, to take advantage of this growth, with Zando planning expansion plans in the near future.
Jeremy Hodara, Co-CEO of the Africa Internet Holding and Sascha Breuss, MD of Zando agree, that “it is very expensive to buy abroad.” They also emphasize on the importance of a strong logistics partner to gain the customers trust. “This is the biggest test, since there are many fears of frauds and we have to educate consumers about shopping online securely. For example, we have to be transparent on prices, taxes, or shipment costs. That’s why JUMIA and ZANDO accept payments on delivery and offer free returns to deliver a safe, stress-free and convenient shopping experience.”
Fatima Sullivan, says that while online shopping has many benefits, not many South African consumers are aware of the regulations involved with importing products purchased online from international retailers, which could lead to consumers incurring additional expenses, thereby making the product less of an attractive buy.
“As an example, all shipments transported across international borders must be cleared through Customs, where, depending on the type of goods being shipped, they may also be subject to certain other restrictions and regulations. There are goods such as clothing that attract high rates of duty and are subject to interventions by Customs where the price, contents and country of manufacture are often interrogated to mitigate a wide range of risks.”
She adds that confirming any possible restrictions attached to particular goods is vital and should be the first action taken by consumers before making a purchase online in order to avoid suffering any financial losses in the event that goods are detained by Customs.
When purchasing goods online from international retailers, Sullivan says that it is important to bear the following factors in mind to avoid additional costs or a delay in delivery of the goods:
• Import taxes and duty: Usually taxes and import duty costs are calculated specifically on the value of the imported goods. Consumers should also be aware that certain products such as footwear and wines are calculated part in value and/or in quantity, and may be subject to permit requirements based on quantity, while others, such as clothing, jewellery, perfumes and mobile devices, may only be calculated on the value of the product.
• Customs clearance: Depending on the item, various levels of customs clearance might be necessary. This could delay your shipment due to processing or physical inspection, so it’s important to order your goods well in advance, to ensure they arrive in time.
• Choose a suitable courier service: Larger express operators like DHL have a strong footprint in Africa, and have a well-established working relationship with Customs and local authorities, ensuring a speedy clearance and delivery of goods.
• Gifts: In most countries, gifts are only acceptable between individuals and a full description of the contents is required, the generic description “Gift” is not accepted. Again, this varies per country.
• Be aware of the different shipment costs: It is important to establish what costs the shipper and the customer will be responsible for prior to the shipping of the goods.
There are ultimately three main costs associated with the movement and clearance of goods: a) the cost of the goods payable to the shipper, b) the shipping costs to the customer’s door, and c) the duties, taxes and Customs clearing costs.
In most instances, the duties and taxes payable in the country of destination cannot be accurately determined by the shipper at the point of ordering the goods and these costs are not included by the shipper in their quotations to the customer. As a result, on arrival, these charges are billed to and payable by the customer before the package can be claimed – often to the customer’s total surprise. This ultimately could result in the landed cost (the total amount of all costs) of the e-retail merchandise becoming much more costly for the buyer than expected and could potentially put them off repeat on-line purchases.
“It is advisable for consumers to speak to the online retailer or a local expert / service provider should they be unsure about any regulations that may apply to their purchase,” concludes Sullivan. With the festive season boom expected, you don’t want to be in for an unexpected surprise in terms of duties and taxes, or that your Christmas present arrives on December 28th.” • Source: APO (9-12-13)
Africa • Cloud market • Nov 13
SkyVision cloud-based solutions will enable customers to reduce overall IT expenses
SkyVision Global Networks Ltd. announced its launch of a full suite of Cloud services and solutions. The official launch will take place at AfricaCom 2013, November 12-14, Cape Town, Booth C14. AfricaCom is an integral part of the company’s ongoing commitment to expanding its activity within the telco market and throughout Africa.
SkyVision’s success in Africa is the result of a comprehensive network of local partners and representatives, and SkyVision offices in Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Morocco.
As a leading service provider in Africa, SkyVision provides viable solutions that help African companies, organizations and service providers develop their ICT capabilities, increase their productivity and profitability, and the level of service they provide to their customers.
SkyVision cloud-based solutions will enable customers to reduce overall IT expenses by deploying new applications without having to purchase additional hardware, software licenses, or be concern with scale up/scale down their computing and storage resources.
In addition SkyVision will introduce a new mobile application for its voice services. SkyVision’s voice services provide high quality and cost effective international and interbranch voice connectivity. With the addition of the new SkyVision Voice line mobile app, SkyVision customers can now use the same service account at their office, from their laptop using our softphone application and on the go from their mobile device using the new mobile app.
“Deploying efficient, effective infrastructure and solutions when limited resources are available, is a challenging task and a key enabler for diffusing ICT in developing countries,” comments Doron Ben Sira, SkyVision CEO. “We are especially proud to be taking part in this continent-wide event where we can reach out to customers, prospects, policy makers and practitioners in ICT with a viable cloud-based solution. AfricaCom gives us the perfect stage to promote our corporate cloud services, uniquely tailored to meet the needs of e-Governance, e-Infrastructure, and e-Business customers,” he added. • SOurce: APO (11-11-13)
SkyVision is a leading global communications service provider, offering comprehensive, integrated solutions to meet all corporate, government and telco market requirements.
Via its gateways in Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East, the company provides IP connectivity with access to the global Internet backbone, as well as an extensive suite of both customized end-to-end solutions and industry-standard services. With a network spanning 100 countries, SkyVision’s solutions combine global reach with active local presence and support. SkyVision’s customers include telecos, ISPs, cellular operators, global and local enterprises, government entities and NGOs.