INFOTECH: Demand For High Speed Broadband Almost Doubles
Recent Western Cape Business News
Cape Town – Skyrove, a premium Wi-Fi hotspot provider, saw an increase of 78% in demand for high speed broadband during the 2010 Soccer World Cup when soccer revellers visiting the country flocked to popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and local news site Sports24.co.za, which saw over 1 million unique users during the World Cup period.
European and American tourists consider accessing high bandwidth applications normal and South African hospitality venues had to prepare for this by offering quality, high speed broadband.
Users on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, set a new record during the 2010 Soccer World Cup when the average number of tweets in the 30 seconds after the final whistle quadrupled to an intense 3283 tweets per second. This is about 2533 tweets per second more than the average,” says Henk Kleynhans, CEO and co-founder of premium Wi-Fi hotpot provider, Skyrove.
“At Skyrove, we saw a significant increase in bandwidth demand from our hospitality venue clients as many international visitors not only engaged on social networking sites, but communicated with loved ones at home via email and instant messaging, and uploaded photos of their fan experience in South Africa.”
“Usage at restaurants, cafes and hotels using Skyrove's Business-Class Wi-Fi solution was 78% higher during the World Cup. We recently started delivering free Wi-Fi vouchers to users via SMS and ensured that payment with credit card was quick and easy for end-users and hassle-free for busy location owners,” says Kleynhans.
While emailing and browsing websites remain the mainstay of web usage, tourists used the Internet for social networking, sharing photos, swapping music, uploading videos and making Skype calls to their friends and family.
Says Kleynhans, “Skyrove's hospitality venues were prepared for this by ensuring they offered wireless connectivity that was easy to access, reliable and consistent across the entire property and not leave guests feeling frustrated with slow, unreliable internet and inconsistent coverage.”
“We are confident that Skyrove’s offering for hospitality venues will be able to cope with the ever increasing demand for high-quality Wi-Fi hotspot service following the positive feedback from guests and venue owners during the 2010 World Cup.”
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