StartupNation - Source for Small Business Advice, Help Starting a Business, Entrepreneur Forum - StumbleUpon Telkom’s ADSL Bitstream snub Telkom seems to have gone to ground when it comes to the launch of a commercial Bitstream service. This delay is hurting progress in the ADSL market, argue many ADSL providers On 30 November 2011 ICASA said in its “Presentation of the findings note on the ICASA framework for introducing Local Loop Unbundling” that it will “engage with industry to ensure that a true bit-stream product is introduced, by the 1st of November next year ”. This deadline came and went without anything happening, as has become the norm with many deadlines in the telecoms space. When Telkom was asked about the missed deadline at the time, it said that “working teams from both ICASA and Telkom have been engaged in discussing an Access Line Deficit recovery scheme which is a precursor to Bitstream implementation”. Telkom said that ICASA is in charge of these processes, and they should be asked for comment. Telkom access line deficit 2010 Bistream will help ISPs Telkom LLU More ADSL Bitstream articles
Starting a Business: Advice from the Trenches - StumbleUpon If you’re like thousands of other designers, programmers and other creative professionals out there, at one point in time you’ve considered starting your own business. Unlike most, you’ve gone against common sense and decided to open shop for yourself. And not just freelance full-time, mind you, but file for the company name, get some stationery, and wade through the legal mumbo-jumbo. Maybe even get a real office with a water cooler. This article offers real-world advice from the trenches of a small start-up, and is applicable to designers, web developers, copywriters, usability experts and all manner of service providers. Write a Business Plan#section1 The most important thing you can do to prepare for starting and operating your own business. Beyond the mental exercises, a good business plan will give you a much better chance of getting a small business loan from a bank than walking in and saying, “I like Photoshop and maybe a can do some websites or something. Funding#section3 Good:
Blame it on your phone Cellphone users may need to look at their phones, in addition to their mobile service providers, when pointing fingers for poor coverage. Local cellphone users have been up in arms with mobilenetworks lately, as connectivity gets progressively worse – but they do not realise their smartphones are also a contributing factor when it comes to a shaky connection. This is according to Strand Consult, a Danish ICT research firm that has outlined cellular handsets’ role in poor mobile coverage. Local industry professionals have corroborated the argument that cellphones themselves have a part to play in connectivity issues. Using the popular Samsung Galaxy S3 as a case in point, Strand says phone manufacturers market variants of their products under the same name, and that their supply chains are too extensive to cater to each and every country they serve. Endless activity But analysts say the high-volume smartphones of today are not without glitches that affect users’ network experience.
10 Blogs Entrepreneurs Need to Be Reading | Grasshopper Blog - StumbleUpon See the 2012 edition: 10 Must Read Blogs for Entrepreneurs (2012 Edition) #1. The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Site: What it is: Mike Michalowicz provides entrepreneurs and small businesses with tips on everything from starting a business to networking to marketing and health care. Why you should read it: Mike not only provides great tips but he provides great tips from REAL people. #2. Site: What it is: Written by a panel of small business owners, the site offers tips and advice on everything business related. Small business trends really covers EVERYTHING! #3. Site: Run by two brothers, Matthew and Adam Toren, Young Entrepreneur is exactly what it sounds like; a site dedicated to young entrepreneurs. Between blog posts, forums, polls and interviews with other small business owners, the site offers fantastic content. #4. Site: Why you should read it: #5. #6. #7. #8.
DStv prices from 2000 to 2013 MultiChoice announced this week that, following its annual review, the price of many of its DStv services will increase from 1 April 2013. From April DStv Premium subscribers will pay R625 per month for their subscription instead of the current R590 per month. DStv Compact subscribers will pay R275 per month instead of the usual R260 per month, while DStv Select users will have to fork out R175 per month as opposed to the usual R166. The access fee for PVR and/or Xtraview will also increase from R65 to R70 per month. DStv EasyView users will also face a higher fee – up from R20 to R29 per month. This raises the question of how DStv’s prices have changed over the last few years. DStv Premium Price More DStv articles DStv prices to increase MultiChoice to fight Internet piracy in SA DStv BoxOffice live, movies available to all New DStv services on the cards ROS: Internet, DStv, entertainment, security in a box
Eight Questions To Ask Before You Start A Business ~ PPC Blog - StumbleUpon Are you thinking of starting a web business? Starting a PPC Management agency? Setting up your own site and selling things, or building a web publishing empire? Before you start, ask yourself the following eight questions. 1 . Define what service the business provides. Try to focus. McDonalds could, no doubt, provide up-market meals, but they focus on selling quick, cheap food. That is what they do. 2. Who are your customers? Create a mental image of your typical customer. 3. What is your unique selling proposition? If your customers can buy the same services for less elsewhere, or more easily, they will. There is a tendency to model yourself on others. This is not to say doing something wildly new or different is any guarantee of success. 4. This point is so important, it really should be number one. Businesses may have great ideas. Then the bank manager calls. The overdraft has hit its limit and you can’t meet payroll this week. There is no fooling cashflow. 5. 6. 7. Set company goals. 8.
Guess where your “broadband taxes” are going The National Treasury released the 2013 National Budget documents on 27 February 2013, revealing that funding for broadband in South Africa has been put on hold while a broadband strategy and rollout plan is being finalised. The Department of Communications has been criticized in the past for its lacklustre performance, especially when it comes to deliverables like rolling out digital TV, giving operators access to spectrum and increasing broadband penetration in South Africa. One of the biggest criticism levelled at the DoC is that it is better known for talking about things like boosting broadband than for actually implementing solutions to make a real difference. The National Treasury’s 2013 Communications budget document reveals that not much has changed. “…the funding for broadband is placed on hold to allow more work to be done on the broadband strategy and subsequent implementation plan,” the report stated. More Department of Communications articles More ‘Yada Yada’ from the DoC
EFactor :: Tools for Entrepreneurs - StumbleUpon Telkom 40Mbps VDSL: minimum and maximum speeds Telkom will launch its 20Mbps and 40Mbps VDSL services on 4 March 2013, increasing the peak DSL speed in the country fourfold. Telkom’s new VDSL products also increase the peak upload speeds from the current 1Mbps (on a 10Mbps ADSL service) to 3Mbps (on a 40Mbps VDSL service). However, Telkom highlights that the new VDSL products are best effort services, which offers speeds of ‘up to’ 20Mbps and ‘up to’ 40Mbps. This raises the question what the minimum and maximum speeds are for Telkom’s new VDSL products. The following table provides an overview of the minimum and maximum upstream and downstream speeds for Telkom’s 20Mbps and 40Mbps VDSL offerings. More Telkom VDSL articles Telkom 20Mbps and 40Mbps VDSL prices unveiled MWEB 20Mbps and 40Mbps uncapped VDSL prices revealed Aggressive 20Mbps and 40Mbps VDSL data prices emerge Will your area get 40Mbps VDSL?
Startup Advice: How Entrepeneurs Gain Credibility While talking with young founders in Europe and the US over the last couple months, I have been asked the same question repeatedly -- how can an entrepreneur just starting out gain the necessary credibility to attract capital? It is an important question because, at its heart, a startup investment is an investment in the entrepreneur. And the earlier stage the investment, the more so this is true. We all know the allure of the elusive "serial entrepreneur" -- the rare breed who has done it before (successfully) and will not fall victim to the same business pitfalls (he'll have to discover new ones). I have backed serial entrepreneurs before and will continue to back them. So how does an entrepreneur with little or no track record gain credibility? When it comes to borrowed credibility, there is perhaps no more important act than the initial introduction you are given to an investor. The other way first time entrepreneurs gain credibility is to earn it.
Best and worst mobile network in SA: unexpected results The South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) announced its first set of results for mobile network providers today, revealing that MTN is the top rated mobile provider in the country. SAcsi is a national economic indicator of customer evaluations of the quality of products and services available to household consumers in South Africa. The SAcsi mobile research was conducted using a sample of 1,182 local mobile subscribers. Each company was measured through telephonic and web-survey methods at a statistically reliable sample of 270 respondents per company. According to the SAcsi report, South African mobile network customers are generally satisfied with the quality of products and levels of service they receive. “The results showed that the South African mobile networks industry achieved an overall satisfaction score of 77.3 out of 100. SAcsi customer satisfaction model Best and worst mobile operators Cell C finished last with a score of 4.1% below the industry average.
Three Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs - John Baldoni by John Baldoni | 2:32 PM May 23, 2011 Sometimes when you’re wondering what to do next in life, good advice can come when you least expect it — like when you’re getting your hair cut. Joan*, the hairstylist giving me a trim, mused aloud about what she was planning to do with her career. Cutting hair was just one part of her livelihood; she was also a professional caregiver as well as the owner of a rig that her husband operated. But her husband was about to retire from the road, and now they were wondering, “What next?” Over the course of our brief conversation, in no more than the time it took Joan to cut my hair, I picked up on three attributes of her success that are helpful for any entrepreneur: Practical. Purposeful. Impatient. There’s one final trait that successful entrepreneurs share: They realize that inspiration is useless without perspiration. People like Joan enjoy working for themselves because it affords a level of independence.
20Mbps and 40Mbps VDSL prices compared Telkom Internet will launch 20Mbps and 40Mbps VDSL broadband products on 4 March 2013, which include aggressively priced capped and uncapped products. These high speed products will, for now, be launched in Benmore Gardens, Fourways and Waterkloof in Gauteng; Durban North in KwaZulu-Natal and Durbanville in the Western Cape. Customers wanting the new products will require a VDSL modem from Telkom Internet that is backward compatible with ADSL to ensure optimal performance, and allows for remote management from the ISP. This raises the question of how Telkom’s new VDSL prices compare with competitors Vox Telecom and MWEB. The following tables provide an overview of the capped and uncapped VDSL prices which have been released to date. Good news for consumers and businesses is that Vox Telecom is currently working on bundled 20Mbps and 40Mbps prices (that include VDSL access and data) which are likely to further reduce costs. Uncapped 20Mbps and 40Mbps VDSL price comparison.