• M2M money train

    SA's biggest mobile operators have found a new revenue stream, says Gugu Lourie.

  • Customers as experts

    Some M4Jam micro jobbers are now helping others to refine their ability to make money.

  • Sticking it to Sanral

    The time is now for citizen-centric leadership to stop the road to ruin, says Mandi Smallhorne.

Data provided by iNet BFA
Loading...
See More

VoIP service takes on cellphone giants

Jun 11 2010 09:50 Simon Dingle

Related Articles

Didata meets expectations

Didata gets share price boost

Friendlier markets lift Didata

Didata profit up, looks to 2010

Didata buys Moroccan stake

Cloud computing boosts Didata

 
Johannesburg - Dimension Data [JSE:DDT] subsidiary Internet Solutions has launched a new voice over IP (VoIP) service for cellphones, designed to bypass cellular networks.

Business manager at Internet Solutions Justin Spratt said the product is aimed at South African companies, which can vastly reduce their telecommunications costs by calling over the internet using WiFi access, instead of cellular networks. He said that WiFi is widespread internationally and available in most offices, restaurants, conference facilities and hotels.

The IS solution is called OnNet VOIS and makes use of a dedicated application that runs on cellphones. According to Spratt, the application is already available to Nokia and Android phones and will soon also be available on iPhone, BlackBerry and the new Microsoft Windows Phone 7.

The service is most efficient over WiFi but can also be used on any other internet connection like 3G.

"We want the people of SA to be able to vote with their wallets. We don't want the current status quo - we want that to change," he said. "South Africa's mobile industry is an R80bn business - and is dominated by one pretty average network and another with a pretty average billing system," he said.

Spratt said countries with comparable macro-economic environments to South Africa can enable more affordable mobile telephony and that he finds it confusing that South Africa is unable to do so.

"Some of these countries have mobile calls available at 20c per minute," he said. "Approximately 70% of phone calls emanate from inside buildings, homes and offices. These can easily be siphoned off the mobile network and done through WiFi and other broadband connections instead.

"In so doing, we can bring the call rate down to under 50c per minute and save up to 30% on calls."

He said that IS has partnered with service provider Nashua Mobile to take the new service to market.

 - Fin24.com

dimension data  |  internet solutions
NEXT ON FIN24X

 
 
 

Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
19 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Company Snapshot

We're talking about:

Small Business

Expanding your business requires capital and banks have stringent lending criteria in place.
 

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...
Loading...