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 Wednesday, 01 July 2009
Reuters reports that Cuba’s National Statistics Office has released data for end-2008 showing there were 1.4 million fixed and mobile telephone lines in service, giving a total of 12.6 lines per 100 inhabitants in the country of 11.2 million, the lowest combined penetration in the region. The general public were only recently allowed to own mobile phones. The report added that there were a total of 630,000 computers in Cuba, with most understood to be in government offices, health facilities and schools, giving 13% of the population some form of access to the internet, but this is believed to be - in most cases - via a government intranet. No data was available for unrestricted access to the worldwide web.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, 01 July 2009 12:08:08 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 14 July 2008
There are nearly 16.2 million Home-based businesses (HBBs) in India and these constitute about 8% of the 202.9 million households. Nearly one-eighth of these HBBs are PC penetrated and they are set to spend US$8.4 billion on upgrading their ICT (info-communications technology) infrastructure this year, up a healthy 19% over 2007, according to a recent study by New York-based Access Markets International (AMI) Partners.

AMI-Partners defines HBBs as income-generating entities based in the home, led by individuals who are self-employed; it excludes individuals who work for a larger organization and telecommute, have a formal work-at-home arrangement with their employer or do after-hours work from home.

“For every dollar spent by HBBs in India 67% goes for telecom services and 22% on computing. The high spending on telecom services imply that the HBBs rely on the data and voice services to a large extent to conduct their businesses,” says Dipendra Mitra, Analyst at AMI-Partners.

Although IT comprises a much lesser proportion of the IT/Telecom spending pie, the former is set to rise at a faster rate within HBBs as they strive to reach a technological superiority level commensurate with their nearest brethren - the Very Small Businesses (VSBs or companies with up to 4 employees). “In the long run, the ultimate objective of HBBs is transition to the level of VSBs - as expressed by over one third of HBB owners,” says Mr. Mitra.

An interesting comparison of Very Small Businesses operating from Commercial Space and Home:

  • The number of HBBs outnumber VSBs by a factor of nearly 7:1
  • Both HBBs and VSBs are at the initial stages of PC adoption. Their PC penetration levels are at an embryonic stage indicating a huge opportunity for PC vendors wishing to make a dent into this nascent market
  • HBBs mostly lag behind VSBs in usage of primary technologies indicting that they are still in the First Wave of Technology adoption
  • HBBs are considerably younger than VSBs and thus are quite eager to adopt the latest technologies as they endeavor to transit the Second Wave of Technology adoption
  • Both HBBs and VSBs show significant promise of future growth - 40% to 45% of them have indicated plans of workforce expansion and over four-fifth of them anticipate revenue growth in the next 12 months

The Very Small Businesses operating from commercial space and Home together constitute a highly lucrative market for IT vendors since businesses in both these segments are on the growth path and they aim to increase levels of IT adoption at a rapid pace. Moreover, any vendor targeting the VSB space will also find it convenient to tap the HBB market segment since there is a considerable similarity within both these segments in terms of demographic, psychographic and IT adoption profile.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, 14 July 2008 11:11:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 01 April 2008

New market data released by ABI Research shows that about 440 million Wi-Fi chipsets will be shipped over the course of 2008. This represents a tenfold increase over the number shipped in 2003; but over the same five-year period, the revenues they produced have multiplied by only five.

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The growth areas for this market in coming years will be found where Wi-Fi chips are embedded in more and more device types. Wi-Fi IC vendors should tailor their strategies accordingly. Consumer electronics (home theater equipment, gaming devices, portable media players), mobile handsets and computer peripherals will all see increased rates of Wi-Fi penetration. "While CE products will initially see more Wi-Fi inclusion," Solis continues, "we expect that by 2011 they will be overtaken by mobile handsets. Mobile Internet devices (MIDs) will become increasingly significant as well."

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 01 April 2008 08:50:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 31 March 2008

Several years back, it was a privilege for employees to have their own computer in their work stations. Unfortunately most of them did not know how to fully make use of the machines. A new trend is catching on among some Kenyan firms in their bid to cut down on costs: sharing of the PC. Instead of a PC for every employee, a single PC is being used by up to 10 people.

But what does this really mean for the company as well as the employees? "The concept of having shared PCs is definitely working well for the company, but employees are at a disadvantage," said John Munyiri, IT manager Dyer & Blair.

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Source: Balancing Act.

Monday, 31 March 2008 15:41:04 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |