- This Wi-Fi router is way better than it should be for just $18 - BGR
- GigNet Partners with World Cinema to Offer In-Room Hotel Entertainment in the Mexican Caribbean - Valdosta Daily Times
- Nigerian startup Tizeti launches WifiCall.ng IP voice call service - TechCrunch
Posted: 10 Oct 2019 01:53 PM PDT
I spent over $300 on the mesh Wi-Fi system I use in my apartment. It's great and it supports lightning-fast data speeds, but it's also a total waste of money. My home internet only goes up to 200 Mbps and I definitely don't need all the coverage that a mesh system provides. Instead of getting this system, I should have picked up a TP-Link WR841N Wireless Wi-Fi Router. It has high-power antennas that provide more than enough coverage for most apartments, and it has data speeds up to 300 Mbps. All that for only $18!
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Posted: 10 Oct 2019 06:01 AM PDT
CANCUN, Mexico & HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 10, 2019--
GigNet, a Digital Infrastructure Company with a 19,200 fiber-kilometer broadband network from Costa Mujeres to Cancun to Tulum, announced today a partnership with World Cinema, Inc., a leader of in-room entertainment in North America, to provide "over-the-top (OTT)" streaming and casting solutions to hotel properties in the Mexican Caribbean. OTT media service enables guests to view live television programming on personal devices and stream their content over the Internet from the comfort of their guest room on personal devices.
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The service, branded "WorldVue® Powered by GigNet," allows hotels to customize their TV menu screen with the services and information for their guests, such as spa, restaurants, gym hours, maps and directions, and featured amenities.
In addition to powerful streaming apps, the platform includes hotel brand standard apps, with future apps released at no cost to the property. For security, all guest credentials are cleared upon check in and out.
Optional add-ons include LG-Branded Commercial Televisions and the casting solution Chromecast powered by WorldVue® that allows guests to use the apps on their personal devices for their viewing pleasure in three simple steps: connect to the hotel's WiFi; pull up content on their personal device; and, connect to the TV and start casting.
The rapid increase in popularity of OTT services, and expectations to have these services become more readily accessible to guests away from home, have given GigNet and World Cinema the opportunity to offer this world-class technology.
"Our product WorldVue® is a completely customizable platform to enable guests a seamless stay. Having the ability to offer the most popular streaming apps gives our customers the opportunity to expand their in-room entertainment experience and improve guest's satisfaction scores," said Nick Jones, Executive Vice President of World Cinema. "Guests are increasingly becoming more dependent on their personal devices, which is why we are excited to partner with GigNet to offer WorldVue® in the Mexican Caribbean and become the sole entertainment to guests."
"GigNet is the newest broadband network in the Mexican Caribbean designed specifically for hospitality, enterprise and mobile-carrier customers where a high level of reliability and service availability are essential," explained Mark Carney, Chief Business Development Officer for GigNet. "We look forward to working with World Cinema to deliver the kinds of in-room entertainment hotel guests are demanding. Increasingly, these services are being defined by hotel customers, which we will demonstrate in our Cancun office Guest Showcase and on-line."
"We are setting a new international standard for the Mexican Caribbean with our Internet and WiFi solutions, and by adding valuable partner solutions, such as World Cinema's premier offerings," said GigNet's Chairman & CEO Paul A. Moore. "As a Digital Infrastructure Company, we are leveraging our connectivity to do more, including providing OTT content, commercial TVs, device streaming and casting to help our hospitality customers focus on what they do best – operate their property – while we meet their connectivity and media needs."
GigNet is the Mexican Caribbean brand of GigNet, Inc. Through its Mexico operating subsidiaries, GigNet, S.A. de C.V., and Sanalto Redes Peninsular, S.A.P.I. de C.V., the Digital Infrastructure Company is a fully licensed telecommunications provider in Mexico. The Company is actively adding customers to its 19,200 fiber-kilometer broadband network in the Mexican Caribbean, one of the largest and fastest growing tourism destinations in the world, with over 160,000 hotel rooms and over 23 million annual airport visitors.
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About World Cinema
World Cinema is a market leader innovating and delivering technology and services to guest-centric properties. From its start in 1974, the Company is one of the first property technology innovators. Today World Cinema is building on that legacy as a stable and trusted provider of video and data services to some of the largest owners and managers of hotel and multi-family brands in the world.
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Posted: 30 Apr 2019 12:00 AM PDT
WifiCall is a VoIP—or Voice over Internet Protocol—subscription service that allows unlimited calls to any phone number, even if that number isn't registered on WifiCall's network.
Tizeti will offer the product in Nigeria for now, with plans to open it up to phone numbers outside Africa's most populous nation and largest economy in 2020.
WifiCall was influenced by popularity of WiFi enabled voice services such WhatsApp, in Africa, and the continent's improving digital and mobile profile.
With its new VoIP product, Tizeti looks to contend with the likes of Skype, WhatsApp, and major telcos.
"On the low end we're competing with the mobile providers. WifiCall gives you a real number and it's cheaper. But we're also offering enterprise options you would not get with a mobile connection or even WhatsApp," Tizeti co-founder and CEO Kendall Ananyi told TechCrunch.
In addition to individual users, businesses and startups can use WifiCall for internal communications or open it up to developers to customize APIs for white-label, customer applications.
WifiCall is available online or for download for free under the "Basic" package. The entry level commercial "Business Unlimited Pro" package—that offers up to 10 users, call recording, and call analytics—goes for ₦15,000, or around $35 a month.
Nigerian trucking logistic startup Kobo360 is already is a client. Ananyi sees prospective market segments for WifiCall as startups, educational institutions, hotels, gated communities, and "regular users anywhere they have tower coverage," he said.
That last group ties into Tizeti's core business, which is building solar powered towers that offer WiFi service packages and hotspots in and around Lagos and Ogun State, Nigeria. Since its launch from Y Combinator's winter 2017 batch, the company has installed over 12,000 public WiFi hotspots in Nigeria with 500,000 users. The startup packages internet services drawing on partnerships with West African broadband provider MainOne and Facebook's Express Wi-Fi
Tizeti raised a $3 million Series A round in 2018, led by 4DX Ventures, and has $5.1 million in investment from firms including Golden Palm Investments, YC, and Social Investments.
4DX Ventures co-founder Walter Baddoo sees Tizeti's voice calling as a strategic extension of its connectivity business (noting WifiCall can be used with any IP).
"The core of the company's mission is to bring down the cost of connectivity on the continent by leveraging mobile internet and data networks, WifiCall is a step in that direction" Baddoo told TechCrunch. "Africa is going to leapfrog a lot of the traditional call infrastructure…and WiFi calling…is giving individuals, small-businesses, and large businesses one-stop for much cheaper data-service alongside voice."
Though Sub-Saharan Africa still stands last in most global rankings for smartphone adoption (33 percent) and internet penetration (35 percent), the continent continues to register among the fastest growth in the world for both.
Mobile providers in Nigeria—such as MTN and Glo—are shifting customers from buying anonymous data-bundles to registered sim cards and subscription services. WiFi voice services are also commonly used across the continent for calls. Per We Are Social's 2018 Digital Report, WhatsApp is the most downloaded messenger app across Africa.
On its internet service business, Tizeti has already expanded to Ghana with a consumer facing brand, Wifi-Africa, and looks to offer WifiCall there as soon as it gains regulatory approval—something in process, according to CEO Kendall Ananyi.
The startup is building an LTE network, to compliment its IP network, and plans to expand further into Nigeria with 5G offerings in the near future, according to Ananyi.
Tizeti also plans to open up its WifiCall product to phone numbers outside of Nigeria starting in 2020. "The way Africa skipped landlines and went straight to mobile, this is us saying the next level for our voice communications is to move toward voice IP networks," Ananyi said.
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