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Increasing PC Prices Will Lead to Flat Growth of Global Shipments in 2018 – Gartner

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Worldwide shipments of devices — PCs, tablets and mobile phones — are on pace to record 0.9 percent growth to reach 2.28 billion units in 2018, according to Gartner, Inc.

The PC and tablet market is estimated to decline 1.2 percent in 2018, while the mobile phone market is on pace to record an increase of 1.4 percent.

“The PC market is still hindered by the undersupply of the DRAM market for all of 2018, due to the lack of new wafer capacity coming online.

As a result, PC vendors will continue to increase their prices throughout 2018,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. “Larger screens and more graphic boards also mean rising costs, adding to the bill of hardware materials for businesses and household buyers.”

While the PC market is price-sensitive, Gartner is witnessing business demand migrating to high-end PCs such as ultramobile premium devices, where value is seen as higher. Gartner estimates shipments of ultramobile premium units to increase by 12 percent in 2018.

End of Windows 7 Adoption Will Mark Next Major Shift in PC Market

The next major shift in the PC market will be marked by the end of support for Windows 7 in January 2020. “It is becoming paramount for businesses to migrate to Windows 10 as soon as possible, and certainly by the end of 2019,” said Mr. Atwal.

North America kicked off the first Windows 10 migration phase in 2015 and will complete around 2019. Western Europe is increasing its adoption in 2018.

However, in China, Japan and other emerging regions, migration plans are shifting from 2018 to 2019 as they continue to prepare for inherent complications in changing process and procedures for Windows as a service.

China’s Influence on Global Device Market

While the global device market is affected by macro-economic factors and technology developments, it can also be influenced by the Chinese device market alone.

“China accounts for over 20 percent of global spending on devices, so any changes occurring there can have a significant ripple effect globally,” said Mr. Atwal.

With nearly 1.9 billion units to be shipped in 2018, mobile phones are the main influencer of the global device market growth.

In China, mobile phone sales declined 8.7 percent in 2017 to 428 million units, but are estimated to grow 3.3 percent in 2018, representing 23 percent of total mobile phone sales this year.

The traditional PC market in China is on pace to decline 1.7 percent to 38.5 million shipments in 2018, representing 21 percent of global traditional PC shipments. The drop will come despite China being business-dependent, with two-thirds of PC shipments coming from this segment.

“The downward trend that China is experiencing is undoubtedly affecting the worldwide device market,” said Mr. Atwal. “China is an interesting country to watch this year. The continued roll-out of a Chinese version of Windows 10 in the second half of 2018 as well as Apple iPhone’s replacement cycle expected through 2019 will generate demand.”

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Africa.com Acquires iAfrica

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Media holding company Africa.com has today announced its acquisition of Primedia and MTN-owned news portal, iAfrica.com. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

In a statement, Africa.com says the acquisition builds on the company’s strength in running the news Web site and the business publisher’s network, a group of nearly fifty business content publishers on the continent who have joined Africa.com to create a digital audience of over 15 million influential business people.

Africa.com chairman and CEO, Teresa Clarke, will serve as executive editor of iAfrica.

“The acquisition of iAfrica creates a next generation South African media platform with a global reach,” says Clarke. “By acquiring iAfrica, we are able to combine editorial, technology, and marketing resources, bringing the benefits of more original content and better site performance to readers of both iAfrica and Africa.com.”

Laura Joseph Africa.com’s MD, adds: “We are fusing a legendary African news portal with an innovative and dynamic management team under one umbrella. With combined resources, we will continue to make each site better and better.”

According to the statement, Africa.com has already started its re-branding of the iAfrica.com news portal.

“Africa.com is known for its creative content in the form of slideshows, videos, and infographics, and we will bring these content forms to iAfrica,” notes Debra Winter, COO of Africa.com.

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Konga Acquires 2 Mega Warehouses in Abuja, PH

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Konga, Nigeria’s e-commerce giant, is set to roll out two mega warehouses in Abuja and Port Harcourt next month, in line with its ambition to take e-commerce in Nigeria to the next level, ensure same day delivery to its teeming customers and accommodate first rate merchants.

 

The Abuja warehouse which is centrally located and about 78,000 square feet in size will serve the Northern region while that of Port Harcourt which is about 147,000 square feet will function as a major hub for the South/South and South Eastern parts of the country.

 

While the newly refurbished warehouse in Lagos is expected to serve Lagos and other Western states, new warehousing facilities are also being developed in Owerri, Enugu, Ibadan and Uyo to bring the Konga brand closest to customers and merchants as it plans to roll out same day delivery and relaunch Pay On Delivery in major cities.

 

Described as the first of its kind on this side of the Atlantic, the warehouses have been certified by global IT warehousing/logistics agencies as best in class in Africa and equipped with state-of-the-art security, automation and Cloud infrastructure.

Both warehouses, highly secure structures and comprehensively insured by a leading insurance company, will provide much-needed and in demand storage spaces for Konga’s growing merchants, enabling these partners who sell on Konga’s platform to stock their goods for instant access and order fulfilment to customers.

 

In addition, the warehouses will go a long way in helping Konga carry out physical inspection of product quality, achieve same day delivery and meet global standards in e-commerce.

 

Nick Imudia, chief executive officer (CEO) Online, noted that the set-up of the warehouses and upgrading of our technologies some of the many innovative strategies the company is unveiling to uplift standards in the e-commerce sector.

 

“At Konga, we are passionate about customer satisfaction. With these warehouses in Abuja and Port Harcourt, our customers will enjoy the added luxury of same day delivery of their items irrespective of their locations within the regions. For our merchants, it is also a chance to take advantage of greater storage capacity for their goods and products, allowing them to do larger volumes and grow their business.

 

“We are constantly working round the clock behind the scenes to set new standards and raise the bar of service excellence in the e-commerce industry. Some of our innovations and world-class strategies are gradually being unveiled and these massive warehousing facilities are one of such innovations. More of them will be unveiled in August and the coming months,” he enthused.

 

Widely renowned for genuine products, secure payment options and swift delivery, Konga is keen to revolutionize the e-commerce space in Nigeria and beyond – a factor that has seen the new management of the company working hard behind the scenes to leverage its composite structure and fusion of online and offline in ensuring an unprecedented level of world class customer experience, improved standards and growth in the Nigerian and African e-commerce eco-system.

 

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TFhost Bags Best Local Hosting Company of the Year

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TFhost, the leading Domain Name registrar and Hosting Service Company emerges as the best local hosting company in Nigeria for the year 2018.

 

This award meant for companies physically hosting websites and domains in Nigeria, was given at a gala dinner hosted by Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) at Celebration Garden, Ikeja, Lagos on Friday, July 6, 2018,

 

The Nigerian Internet Registrars Associations (NiRA) .ng Awards is aimed at celebrating the achievements and innovation of Nigerian Internet initiatives. The awards are also aimed in rewarding creativity and showcasing ingenuity among industries.

 

Other than emerging as the best local hosting company of the year, TFhost was also recognized for innovation and creativity by the public which led to the nomination of the following awards.

 

TFhost four awards categories nomination includes,

  • .ng company of the Year
  • Best Local Hosting company
  • Most Innovative Service Provider online
  • Startup Company of the year.

 

TFhost offers Nigerians and the world premium, affordable, fast, local hosting services which includes; domain names, virtual private servers, cloud servers, web hosting, web security, and cloud solutions.

 

According to Mr. Chibuike Duru, manager, TFhost “TFhost has redefined the hosting Landscape in Nigeria for good and will continue to exceed the high expectations that will follow this award. TFhost promises to uphold high standards and continue to bring to the public the best hosting services.”

 

TFhost is a division of Trefoil Networks Limited. TFhost provides domain name registration, web hosting, and website design services.

 

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