Tag Archives: broadband

The internet in South Africa: A tale of woe and hope

The tale of doom and gloom about the uncompetitive South African telecoms market is all too familiar. It’s kept a stranglehold on internet growth in this country, meaning the country has performed way below its potential in this sphere in comparison to the rest of the world. Arguably we are now moving in the right […]

South Africa's sleeping online media giants

Some media companies have embraced the online era and are now reaping the rewards. Others have been slow to wake up to the promise of online publishing. Here are four media companies, where we may see greater things: Avusa (formerly Johncom): It’s probably wrong to call this media company a sleeping giant, as it has […]

The mobile web: Why the future really is on the small screen

According to a report on Reuters last year, world wide mobile phone subscriptions reached 3.3-billion users or half the world’s population. Compare this to television usage (about 1,5-billion users) or desktop internet usage (about 1,1-billion users), and it is not hard to see why there is so much excitement about the potential of the mobile […]

12 predictions for the web

IBM Chairman Thomas Watson famously predicted in 1943: “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” In the same decade the magazine Popular Mechanics also weighed in, predicting that “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” Even Microsoft founder Bill Gates predicted in 1981 that for computer memory,”640K […]

Will Facebook eventually replace the Windows & Mac desktop?

Had the privilege to meet up with Saul Klein, E-commerce VP at Skype and founder of the Open Coffee club, who was in the country yesterday. While chatting to him about the local online scene together with my colleague, Vincent Maher, we got talking about Facebook and other niche social networks. We articulated a thought […]

Despite broadband growth, SA internet grows marginally – Goldstuck

Arthur Goldstuck’s new research at first glance appears to be at odds with the recent statement Nielsen//Netratings issued that internet growth in South Africa is “exploding”, based on the local and international growth of the top 30 OPA sites in the country. The Nielsen figures are independent, audited statistics that show that the major sites […]

South Africa's web traffic not that bad if you consider…

Here is a thought and it starts like this: So what if internet penetration is below or around the 10% mark in this country. Yes it could and should be higher and will soar higher as we see the proliferation of new broadband products take hold and get cheaper (the broadband-induced boom other nations experienced […]

South Africa’s Exploding Internet

Received a press release from Nielsen//Netratings, who run the statistics and compiles readership of the major websites in the local Online Publisher’s Association. Whichever way you look at it, this is good news for the South African online industry as a whole, and is no doubt spurred on by the arrival of so many broadband […]

MySpace? What about all the money going into newspapers?

Gavin O’Reilly, the president for the World Association of Newspapers, said on Tuesday morning in Cape Town, that while there was so much hype about the Myspace acquisition by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, it should be noted that he was also pouring money into the newspaper industry at the same time. So even though “everyone […]

Video of Jimmy Wales interview

We’ve put the full video of my interview with Jimmy Wales up. Yes it’s a bit late, but our aim was for it to coincide with the summarised interview that appeared in the Mail & Guardian paper (which we were still late for because the paper came out on a Thursday this week). 😛 Vincent […]

SA's online newspapers set to grow

Francois Nel from the For the Media blog pointed me towards his blog recently (pretty good, I must say). This post in particular caught my eye. He broadly examines why online newspapers in South Africa are not cracking it, compared to their world counterparts. For Francois — it’s down to leadership: It is, I would […]

Online media is the new black

I’ve been at Mail & Guardian for a long time now, five years and counting, flying the online flag. Am blogging from our 2007 strategy conference just outside Pretoria and the change in strategic direction and thinking is significant. It started about three years ago and has built up to a crescendo here and now. […]

Where are the great online magazines? Where?

Magazines have not enjoyed the same high profile, runaway success of their newspaper counterparts in the online world. Magazines aren’t big online. Websites of print magazines have had a rather low profile in more than 10 years of internet in this country. Compare this to the high-profile online news brands that rake in big numbers and you will see what I mean. It’s no secret that the news brands dominate the top half of the local online readership rankings, whereas very few magazines even make the top 50 sites….

@ bloggers conference in Grahamstown

I’m off to the Digital Citizen’s Indaba on Blogging in Grahamstown. I’ll be there the next two days and will blog the conference here, from there. My 3G card does not like my laptop anymore, so it may be difficult doing it via the GPRS setting. Once you have tasted the sweet taste of superfast HSDPA […]

Online is no ‘threat’

It’s time to leave the dark ages. The traditional advertising and media industry needs to see the potential of online or get left behind. This sentiment comes from a survey conducted independently by respected technology analyst Arthur Goldstuck for the Online Publishers Association.   It finds that there is a general lack of awareness within […]

Roll on broadband

from my column in the media, called net savvy If a survey by search engine Google is to be believed, the British apparently now spend more time on the Internet than watching television. The report, carried by news agency AFP in March this year, showed that British Internet users spend an average of 164 minutes […]

Print vs Online: Interview with Marketing Mix

Just did this interview with Marketing Mix on the (yawn) print vs online debate…

What is your opinion on the general attitude of the newspaper industry towards the merging of online and print?

How far is SA behind (in general) when it comes to combining online and print?

What ‘cool’ things do you have on the M&G site that no one else does, and how are the ‘cool’ things working out – are people using RSS feeds etc, for example?

What are the problems/challenges facing publishers that actually want to embrace online?

Should SA publishers be worried about online? Is it a threat?

What is hampering the real growth of online at the moment?

How long do you think we have until online starts eating into circulation/ad revenue the way it has in the US and UK?

What are the next steps in terms of technology and integrating print and online that publishers need to embrace and use?

How can an online presence be using for success brand-building both for the newspaper itself as well as advertising clients?

Has online revenue started to make a positive impact on the overall bottom line?

Are clients and ad agencies geared for an online presence? If no, what needs to be done (by all parties) to ensure online ad revenue success?

What are the differences between having a print publication and an online site – ie what do publishers/journalists need to learn and understand about online in order to meet consumer expectations?

What is your opinion on citizen journalism and its part?

What do you do about premium news (subscribing mostly?) as most people won’t pay for the privilege esp as they can normally find the stories elsewhere on the internet? But how viable is free content?

Is there a threat yet to classifieds (print and online) from sites such as craigslist, and how do you combat this?

Answers over the page…..

SA online media industry "surging"

Quite a nice article in Business Report, we issued via the OPA about “Online advertising surges”… our quarterly traffic release got covered in quite a bit of media, especially traditional media… which suggests to me that online is quite the hot topic at the moment… It’s no secret that after being one of the pioneer […]

One million SA broadband users by 2009?

At KUGM Online Marketing conference in Rosebank Rudolph Muller from that excellent South African website, My Adsl, reckons there will be one-million broadbrand connections by 2009. It’s a figure way over the predictions we are used to hearing. Arthur Goldstuck reckons there will be 277 000 broadband users by the end of 2006, which is […]

The changing web

At KUGM Online Marketing conference in Rosebank Never met Vinny Lingham before, although heard about him and know about Incubeta, the company he runs. It’s a successful, savvy South African online company which has most of its business and customers overseas, playing in the affiliate space. They are pay per click and google junkies — […]