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May 20, 2010

Looking for New Clients? How about Hotels?

By TMCnet Special Guest
Suzanne Bowen, Vice President of Marketing for Super Technologies, DIDX and

(This originally appeared on the Monetizing IP Communications  blog.)

'The Financial Mail" reported Apr. 23 three new hotels for the inner city - a 120-room four-star hotel in Marshall Street, near Rissik Street in Johannesburg, opening in May; a 50-room five-star hotel near AAC headquarters and the Standard Bank superblock, which will follow later; and then, next year, a 150-room hotel in the same vicinity.

These are to be branded as Reef Hotels, developed by Isaac Chalumbira and hotelier Gustav Krampe.

The units offer an open plan kitchen design, great finishes, VoIP telephones, Internet and DSTV connections as well as a safe environment via 24 hour security, fingerprint access, street patrollers and a shuttle service into the CBD.

What is DSTV? It is digital satellite television. It is MultiChoice's multi-channel digital satellite TV service in Africa. It started up in 1995, the same times as Vocaltec's Internet Phone in Israel.

In South Africa, and neighboring countries, it broadcasts on Ku band via the Intelsat (News - Alert) 7 and 10 satellite (PAS7 and PAS10), which require a small satellite dish. Other countries in the rest of Africa receive broadcasts via both Ku band and C-Band which requires a larger 1.2m dish.

But, VoIP, which became legal in South Africa on February 1, 2005, is now also making its way into more hotels around the world - in the inner cities, remote islands, bed and breakfasts and hostels. It's good for the patrons and adds cash in the pockets of the owners. Thanks for posting on this, Andy.

I know my choice for staying at any conference including the ITW May 24-26, 2010 (bilateral table A378) includes free and good quality WiFi (News - Alert). I do have a Verizon wireless card for my laptop and use a Motorola Droid cell phone with Internet, but free WiFi and oh yes, breakfast, close to public transportation like a train or subway, works for me.

Read more on the new hotels in South Africa: written by Neil Fraser.

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