Vodafone to introduce Webbox for Internet in Ghana

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Vodafone will soon introduce in Ghana a device that can be used to connect to the Internet using the television set.

The device known as the Vodafone Webbox, is an innovation developed specifically for customers in emerging markets, where technology and cost barriers often exclude many from enjoying affordable, ready internet access at home or in the workplace, the company has said.

The Webbox is a sleek, black, 14 x 25cm QWERTY keyboard, which uses standard RCA connectors to plug into the television. With no set-up required, the plug and play keyboard converts any standard domestic television into an internet portal, according to Vodafone.

“The Webbox is a simple yet very innovative product. It has the potential to make a powerful difference in the lives of people in emerging markets who have limited access to the internet, but where TV penetration is typically very high,” Patrick Chomet, Vodafone’s Group Director of Terminals said.

Vodafone indicates that the Webbox Opera Mini browser runs over the 2.5G and EDGE mobile networks, compressing data by around 90% and so serving fast-loading internet pages. The browser homepage comes with bookmarks such as news, sport and social networking sites as well as locally relevant apps such as a job search and application service. In addition, the portal comes with some games, a dictionary and a basic text editor.

According to Vodafone, all that is required to activate the Webbox is a Vodafone SIM.

The product has already been launched in South Africa.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

Vodafone to introduce Webbox for Internet in Ghana
Vodafone will soon introduce in Ghana a device that can be used to connect to the Internet using the television set.
The device known as the Vodafone Webbox, is an innovation developed specifically for customers in emerging markets, where technology and cost barriers often exclude many from enjoying affordable, ready internet access at home or in the workplace, the company has said.
The Webbox is a sleek, black, 14 x 25cm QWERTY keyboard, which uses standard RCA connectors to plug into the television. With no set-up required, the plug and play keyboard converts any standard domestic television into an internet portal, according to Vodafone.
“The Webbox is a simple yet very innovative product. It has the potential to make a powerful difference in the lives of people in emerging markets who have limited access to the internet, but where TV penetration is typically very high,” Patrick Chomet, Vodafone’s Group Director of Terminals said.
Vodafone indicates that the Webbox Opera Mini browser runs over the 2.5G and EDGE mobile networks, compressing data by around 90% and so serving fast-loading internet pages. The browser homepage comes with bookmarks such as news, sport and social networking sites as well as locally relevant apps such as a job search and application service. In addition, the portal comes with some games, a dictionary and a basic text editor.
According to Vodafone, all that is required to activate the Webbox is a Vodafone SIM. It will cost about £64 in South Africa and includes a 2GB SD card, a prepaid SIM and 100MB of data valid for the three months. It will also soon be available on a 24-month contract.
The product has already been launched in South Africa.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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2 thoughts on “Vodafone to introduce Webbox for Internet in Ghana

  1. Kwame

    this is great and innovative. But the only problem I have is — Is it possible to put or install customized softwares on it? I think opera is good and I understand that other media player softwares are already installed on the webbox — the most important softwares I’d like to have on my webbox are safari(brouser) and quicktime player

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