iWay Africa Nigeria formerly Mwen Nigeria, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Africa has launched an innovative commercial WiFi solution that will allow Laptop users to connect wirelessly to the internet in locations throughout Nigeria.
The service was officially launched on 23 February 2009 and will give Hotels, Lodges, Eateries, Restaurants and Café’s the ability to provide internet services to their patrons. Users of this service can purchase various preconfigured voucher denominations from the hotspot owner with varying time durations and megabyte caps.
John Ugbe, general manager, iWayAfrica Nigeria, said iWayAfrica Nigeria offers an out the box turnkey solution that includes billing capability, access control and internet connectivity offering a hotspot owner the opportunity to expand their business revenues with bundling it to iWay solution.
“iWayAfrica Nigeria’s WiFi solution offers a captive portal, which automatically loads when a WiFi user connects to the hotspot and can be customized according to the hotspot owner’s requirements. This represents a great opportunity for a hotspot owner to promote his brand. A hotspot owner may even rent out space on the captive portal at a premium to third parties increasing the potential to earn further revenue from the hotspot,” he said.
He added that, iWayAfrica WiFi service boasts a fully customized and brandable WiFi solution that enables the hotspot owner offer customers a unique experience showcasing their brand on customized login pages, as well as the use of marketing material for the venue owner.
It will also allow a walled garden facility that permits the hotspot owner to set free internet sites which customers can access, as well as configure “free” browsing time feature, where guests, at the discretion of the hotspot owner, can access the internet free of charge for a stipulated time.
Mr. Harry Aucamp, chief executive officer, iWayAfrica, said they are excited to offer the service in Nigeria and are planning an extensive rollout of the service throughout Africa,
“Our introduction of the WiFi hotspot is to allow our customers to be competitive and make their business more attractive to their respective markets, it is also another way we are aiming to bring a customer centric and value based service to subscribers,” he indicated.
Mr. Ugbe explained that the hotspot solution is ideal for lodges, larger hotels and conference venues and businesses that may not have access to fixed line services. WiFi offers users unprecedented convenience as they are able to connect to the internet seamlessly and quickly anywhere there is WiFi access available. No cables, no LAN points, means this is a truly portable technology that is available in most new laptops and portable devices.
“For nomadic PC users who are always on the go, this means they can be connected to the office whilst not actually being at the office.
For the hotspot owner, the commercial hotspot is a means of differentiating their venue and attracting customers to the establishment as well as an additional source of income.
The internet has become part of our daily lives for both work and play. Popular social networking services like linked-in and my space and others for business networking purposes are testimony to an online digital life that is expanding in the 21st century. “We are seeing increased demand for the internet and we are pioneering new technologies to deliver new broadband solutions in Nigeria” Mr. Ugbe said.
The solution can be used across many sectors including education, travel and tourism, food and beverage, financial services and manufacturing. Globally large conference venues and shopping malls have readily adopted this technology as well. International trends have also revealed an increase in the health and beauty, property and business sectors where hospitals, new housing estates and companies are employing WiFi for mobile PC users.
iWayAfrica Nigeria has developed a range of Hotspot packages to suite the size of the businesses requiring the hotspot. Entry level systems support 10 users are available to high end configurations that can support hundreds of users are also available.
Muyiwa Esomojumi, marketing executive, iWayAfrica Nigeria added that, for smaller installations iWayAfrica Nigeria recommends the Mini product that is based on a revenue share model where the hotspot operator gets 90% of the revenue from the hotspot. “For larger installations we recommend the Maxi product that gives the hotspot owner 100% of the revenue derived from the hotspot and only pays a fixed monthly subscription for the service.
Existing business customers with Very Small Aperture Terminal (Vsat) products will be able to connect their VSAT products in conjunction with iWayAfrica Nigeria’s WIFI offering, enabling businesses to begin running their own hotspot service”, she concluded.
TikTok Picks Oracle to Provide ‘Secure’ Cloud Tech
Enterprise software giant Oracle announced that it has been chosen to become TikTok’s “secure” cloud technology provider.
According to Oracle, this technical decision by TikTok was heavily influenced by Zoom’s recent success in moving a large portion of its video-conferencing capacity to the Oracle Public Cloud.
Oracle’s announcement comes after TikTok parent ByteDance last week said it will not be selling the video-sharing app’s US operations to software giant Microsoft.
This after US president Donald Trump signed an executive order on 6 August, blocking all transactions with ByteDance in an effort to address “national emergency” issues.
On 14 August, the US president issued an order that gave ByteDance 90 days to divest the US operations of TikTok.
Since then, US companies such as Microsoft and Oracle have been lining up as potential buyers for the popular short video app.
As the trade war between the US and China rages on, the US government has accelerated its efforts to purge Chinese apps and technology companies that it deems untrustworthy.
Trump and his administration raised national security issues, alleging the Chinese-owned company will share sensitive user data with the Chinese government.
“TikTok picked Oracle’s new Generation 2 Cloud infrastructure because it’s much faster, more reliable, and more secure than the first generation technology currently offered by all the other major cloud providers,” says Oracle chief technology officer Larry Ellison.
“In the 2020 Industry CloudPath survey that IDC recently released where it surveyed 935 infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) customers on their satisfaction with the top IaaS vendors including Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, IBM and Google Cloud…Oracle IaaS received the highest satisfaction score.”
“As a part of this agreement, TikTok will run on the Oracle Cloud and Oracle will become a minority investor in TikTok Global,” says Oracle CEO Safra Catz.
“Oracle will quickly deploy, rapidly scale and operate TikTok systems in the Oracle Cloud. We are 100% confident in our ability to deliver a highly secure environment to TikTok and ensure data privacy to TikTok’s American users, and users throughout the world.
“This greatly improved security and guaranteed privacy will enable the continued rapid growth of the TikTok user community to benefit all stakeholders.”
Inq. Acquires Vodacom’s Business in Nigeria, Others
inq. Holdings Limited, artificial intelligence service provider, has acquired Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in Nigeria, Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire.
It plans further acquisition in Cameroon subject to regulatory approvals.
Mr. Valentine Chime, managing director, inq. Holdings Limited, said the 100 per cent acquisition of the Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in the three countries was in pursuit of the company’s dream of building pan-African network that will help in creating better future through digital solutions.
Domiciled in Mauritius, inq. Holdings Limited is a subsidiary of Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund, a fund dedicated solely to communications infrastructure and related services and technologies across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
Formerly known as Synergy Communications, the latest acquisition has grown inq.’s regional footprint with operations in 12 cities in seven countries across Africa. It has existing operations in Botswana, Malawi and South Africa with an additional investment in Mozambique.
“Under the inq. banner the company will embark on the next phase of building a unified Pan-African cloud and digital service provider, bringing to market a very relevant suite of next generation technology solutions in the fields of Edge AI, SD-WAN/NFV and Cloud,”Chime said.
According to him, with operations in major African cities of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, Gaborone, Lusaka, Ndola, Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Abidjan and Johannesburg, the inq. team prides itself on global best practice methodologies customised to local customs in each of the 16 cities, covering different sectors including banking, oil and gas, fast moving consumer goods, mining, health, real estate, information technologies, public sector and logistics.
“Covid-19 has accelerated digital transformation, and inq. is perfectly positioned to deliver intelligent connectivity through seamless delivery of cloud and digital services and technologies to our clients. We are about simpler, seamless solutions,” Chime said.
HP Lauds TD Africa, Says Tech Experience Centre will Unlock New Wave in Nigeria
As Nigeria looks forward to the official launch of the Tech Experience Centre, globally renowned tech giant, Hewlett Packard Inc. (HP) has heaped praises on the management of TD Africa for spearheading the project, noting that the centre will herald a new technological wave in Nigeria.
This was disclosed by Ife Afe, managing director – Nigeria and District Manager – Central Africa (CAF).
Equally important, HP is one of the global Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) that will be represented in the Tech Experience Centre located within Yudala Heights at 13 Idowu Martins, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Consequently, Afe has expressed delight with the development, even as she disclosed that the launch of the centre will bridge the gap to complete technology adoption for millions of Nigerians.
She said: ‘‘I do believe Nigerians are early adopters of new and exciting technology. Having a dedicated space where people can view and experience cutting-edge technology across rich and diverse portfolio is an important step towards complete Adoption.
‘‘Technology is about transformation. This tech centre will serve as a bridge, taking people from the imaginative stage to the experiential stage, thereby unlocking a new technological wave.
“I am very glad that TD Africa is taking this bold step and I look forward to the great collaborations that will flow out of this initiative.’’
Furthermore, the HP Senior Management Executive reiterated the strong interest in Nigeria by the tech brand.
‘‘We are strong believers in the Nigerian project and the boundless potential inherent in the population when exposed to cutting-edge technology.
“We also value the foresight and vision of our long-time partner and co-developer – TD Africa. We are proud of this project and are confident of its success and positive impact not just in the sphere of business but also in human capital development,’’ Afe enthused.
On what to expect from HP in the Tech Experience Centre, she revealed that a lot is in store for every visitor.
‘‘HP is in the business of making life better for everyone, everywhere, hence revolutionary innovation in Health care, Security, Gaming and Printing Solutions will be showcased in the Technology Centre. Cutting- edge, sustainable, diverse and relevant innovation in technology.
‘‘This brings technology closer to home. I believe that the ambience of the Tech Centre will cater to a wide spectrum of users: CEO’s, Government officials, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, students, gamers etc. It will be the crucial meeting point of people and technology.
“Our wide spectrum of products and solutions will cater to all demographics – from first time users to specialists, professionals, gamers to moviemakers, work or play,’’ she affirmed.
The revolutionary Tech Experience Centre, the first of its kind in Africa, is set for launch on Thursday, October 1st 2020, incidentally the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary by 12noon, with the launch streamed live online for the benefit of tech enthusiasts.
Expected to officially commission the centre is the Minister of Communica99tions and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami.
The Tech Centre is widely expected to boost Nigeria’s relevance in the global technology race and shore up the country’s march to technology independence.
For the first time, Nigeria will play host to the latest global technologies including those not normally available in Africa, offering all classes of visitors a first-hand experience of new gadgets, solutions and infrastructure that would have previously required a visit abroad, thereby saving corporate organizations, government establishments and individuals money or scarce foreign exchange expended on these trips.
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