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Tanzania: Internet Cafes Owners Face Technology Challenges

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  1. BrainPower

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    Tanzania: Internet Cafes Owners Face Technology Challenges

    Abduel Elinaza
    19 September 2010


    Dar es Salaam — INTERNET cafes owners are facing technology challenges which may compel them to shift their billing method from time spent to bytes as broadband speed increased hundred folds.
    The theory is that document down loading speed has amplified, thus a client at cafe is able to download a lot of data at shorter time but use many bytes.
    Charging in hours, internet cafe are losing revenue as in half an hour a client could download one-gigabyte that cost 30,000/- while paying merely token of 1,000/-.
    The only way is to slow down the broadband speed but "customers are complaining and we can't rise prices" due to stiff competition, Flora Njau of Ibukoni Internet Cafe, along Samora Avenue, says.
    Ms Njau says they normally buy four gigabytes at 200,000/- and sell at retail price of 2,000/- an hour but the bytes hardly last a month and in most cases fail to break-even. "It is a real tough business," Ms Njau says.
    Wholesalers have it that its high time for the cafes to change their pricing methodology as per hour changing does not work under fiber cables.
    "The speed has improved (hundred folds). The issue is not to stay longer at cafes but how much bytes on can download," Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) Public Relations Manager, Mr Amin Mbaga says.
    Among the latest victim is Faith Internet Cafe of Mwenge Bus Stand that closed the shop recently. Its owner Mr Ebenezer Msuya said he used to buy a Sasatel's bundle at 120,000/- which is about seven GB but at the end of the day collects only 85,000/-.
    But cafe owners could not help it due to lack of software to check megabytes usage, says SimbaNET Corporate Sales Manager, Mr Chintu Patel. Cafes stickiness to hour billing is only because "it is the easiest way of billing.
    For us (Internet Service Providers) it is easy as we have the technology," Mr Patel says, adding: "The only way to survive is to find ISP that charged per hours and not per bytes as these suit corporate clients."
    Sasatel's unlimited bundle is ideal for internet cafes which charges per hour but not the amount downloaded for the whole month. The package cost is 450,000/- for up to ten users per month.
    "Customers using Sasatel unlimited bundles don't have to worry about the download and upload limitations for the entire month," the firm website indicates.
    The billing issue came after the coming of the marine cable that did not only low broadband prices by almost half, but also increases the quality of services amid speed. Without realizing the Internet has already changed the way one does business.
    A person can get the information needed up to 40 times faster through marine cable than satellite.
    "Massive files download in seconds. Web pages appear almost instantly, Emails arrive in real time. That's the beauty of broadband," Mr Patel says.

    Source: allAfrica.com: Tanzania: Internet Cafes Owners Face Technology Challenges

    a. Swali kwa Wenzangu na mie ambao tuna cafe chetu mjini...

    Hii biashara itawezekana kweli ?

    b. Swali kwa wateja wetu wa cafe...

    Vipi, mnaonaje tukianza kuwacharge kwa kila MB unayotumia...? Nakuahidi sitapunguza Speed. Itakuwa full
     
  2. MwanaHaki

    MwanaHaki JF-Expert Member

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    Hesabu hazilipi.

    Hata kwa wanaopata wastani wa Shs. 85,000/= kwa mwezi, wakilipia hiyo bundle ya 450,000/= kwa mwezi ya unlimited ya Sasatel, haitawasaidia, kwani haitarudisha pesa. Kilichobakia ni kwamba itafutwe njia ya wateja kununua MBs moja kwa moja, kupitia scratch cards, watakazozitumia kwenye Internet Cafe. Nadhani teknolojia hii inawezekana. Unakwenda Cafe, unanunua scratch card yako, unajisajili namba yako ya Internet, kisha kama MBs zako hazijaisha, ukirudi, unaingiza namba ya scratch card, unaendelea, mpaka inaisha. Mwenye Cafe anauza scratch card kwa bei ya rejareja, ananunua kwa bei ya jumla kutoka kwa ISP.
     
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    Nadhani la msingi ni kuitisha kikao cha wamiliki wote wa Cafe. Tukutane tuwekane sawa.

    Kuna watu wengine wanafikiri biashara ya Cafe ni sawa na biashara ya khanga na vitenge. Au hizo wanaita Boutique.

    Hii ni technology. Lazima ujue vitu fulani fulani kuhusu Information Technology kabla ya kuamua kuanzisha biashara ya Cafe.

    Ni ngumu kueleza kwa hapa, lakini wengi wanaoshindwa ni kwamba wanadhani hii ni biashara kama zingine...NO. You need at least a glimpse of I.T. in your mind.
     
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    That has got to synchronize with ISPs right?

    ISPs wengi ni Wahindi ..........wametumwa hela!!

    Hilo wazo halitakubalika au litapigwa danadana mpaka basi.
     
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    Hiyo inawezekana bila ISPs kushirikishwa.
     
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    Pale pale eti scratch card za MB moja moja .... ndio wale wale wanao dhani internet ni kwa ajili ya emails tuu na kuchat....
     
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    Uhuru Wireless unanunua Vocha, then una surf.....
     
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    iko wapi hii uhuru wireless
     
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    Unaelewa kinachoongelewa? Net inamatumizi mengi kama unavosema, na matumizi yanatofautiana consuption ya kifurushi ikiwamo "upanawaband", ndiyo maana wewe mtoto wa kishua unashindwa kutumia modem yako ya voda unapotaka kudownload game za gta!
    Wakiuza kwa Mb, mtu anayesurf atanunua 10Mb kwa 1,000, na wewe unayedownload mziki utanunua 1Gb kwa 20,000/=, siyo unalipia masaa mawili kisha unashusha 1gb!!!!!!
     
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    Hi jamani wenye cafe msihofu solution zipo tuwasiliane tu 0755343059,0715433059
     
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    Ni kweli ukipunguza bandwidth net inakuwa slow wateja wanakimbia na pia hata wakati mwingine setting za pc za wateja zinatumia internet hatawakati hakuna watumiaji, kwa hiyo wenye cafe solutions zipo! naomba tuwasiliane 0755433059,0715433059
     
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    Sidhani kama hiyo business italast na wengi walioanza mwanzo wamesha achana na hiyo business kwa sababu zifuatazo.

    Makampuni ya simu yanauza modem at reasonable price pamoja na bundle zake kama mimi nina modem mbili ya zantel na sasatel na huwa na nunua bundles za up to 3 GB.

    Na nina muda sana sijatumia laptop yangu maana nina ka blackberry changu 9700 nimekipa blackberry service ya zain ambayo ipo faster kinoma na huduma hii ni unlimited yaani unaweza kudownload kutuma e mails na kila kitu kinachohusiana na internet.

    Kwakweli haya ni mapinduzi kwenye technology na more than challenge in your business.
     
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    Itaje solution yako ikoje..biashara matangazo
     
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    Dynamics zimebadilika Kama ulivyoandika. Kuna watu ndio wana hivyo vitendea kazi na ushindani ktk makampuni ya Simu upo. Lakini kati ya watu miliioni 40 walio na hivyo vitndea kazi Ni wangapi ?

    Bado kuna soko la Wanafunzi , watalii , wasiopenda bundles etc

    B.P
     
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    Ndugu, mathumini ya kuweka hapa ni kujadili na kushauriana. Kama unadhani una solution tueleze kwanza ni nini, Kama mtu amevutiwa NAyo nina hakika atakuconsult. Kama pia labda mtu ameshaijaribu na aliona udhaifu wake Naye ata tuelimisha.

    Ndio kuelimishana ktk jamii tena mkuu.
     
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    Manemanemane, pengine akuunganishie ya wizi!
     
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