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ITU Telecom World – calling for entries. URGENT

August 21, 2017 | Comments Off on ITU Telecom World – calling for entries. URGENT

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) is calling for applications from South African ICT SMEs to participate in the SA Pavilion at the ITU Telcom World in Buscan, South Korean from 25-28 Sept 2017. Companies selected will be funded for the event. In particular, the DTPS is looking for the most innovative use of…

ICANN African Region has issued a report on DNS in Africa

August 1, 2017 | Comments Off on ICANN African Region has issued a report on DNS in Africa

ICANN Africa Region at its meeting in Johannesburg on 27 June announced the results of its mammoth study on Domain Names (DNS) in Africa.The study is intended to encourage more competition by setting up more DNS Registrars. The research, which took 16 months, has resulted in a 200+ page report covering 54 African countries, from…

Google Fined Heavily by the EU

July 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Google Fined Heavily by the EU

Google suffered a major blow on the 27 June when after the European Commission’s Competition Department fined the search giant a record $2.7 billion for unfairly favoring some of its own services over those of rivals. The anti-competition case has been pending for some time. In addition, the EU is threatening Apple with a $14bn…

Brief News and Useful Stats

July 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Brief News and Useful Stats

Zambia & Malawi are to sign a cross border MoU on cooperation for telecoms and broadcasting; Rwanda, drones are being used to deliver blood samples to hospitals and it is foreseen that drones will soon deliver purchases to rural areas; Zimbabwe’s ISP, Powertel, owned by the Electricity Supply Authority had an operating loss last year…

Amazon and Online Clothes Shopping

July 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Amazon and Online Clothes Shopping

It’s always interesting how national regulations change consumers’ behaviour. According to the US based retail consultancy, PSFK, Amazon Prime subscribers are being invited to try out a new feature that could solve the biggest issue with online clothes shopping in the USA. Prime Wardrobe will allow users to try on clothes before they buy them. Shoppers…

New US Study on the Digital Age suggests that no company has got it completely right yet.

July 19, 2017 | Comments Off on New US Study on the Digital Age suggests that no company has got it completely right yet.

Bain and Company, a well-known authority on the consumer goods market in the USA has published in its monthly ‘Bain Brief’ the results of its 3rd annual research into what digital means for consumer goods companies. It’s conclusion: – “In recent years, most consumer goods companies have exponentially grown their digital agendas, typically resulting in…

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New Nielsen Ecommerce Research Report Available

Nielsen has just released its consumer study on “Global Connected Commerce”. Some of the headline conclusions include:

  • Consumers are both “showrooming” (browsing in store & buying low price online) and also “webrooming” (researching online & buying in stores);
  • Cross-border ecommerce is increasing rapidly, 57% of respondents had bought from a foreign emerchant in the past 6 months;
  • In developed countries most payments are by credit card (53%) or by digital payment systems (43%). Cash on delivery (CoD) is most popular in developing countries;
  • Given the increasing complexity of omni-retail, engagement of the consumer is the skill retailers must master.

Details of this extremely interesting  study are available from Nielsen South Africa.