May 19, 2020

Vodacom May Have Had Growth But Rival Telkom Announced 8ta Contracts

South Africa
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Vodacom May Have Had Growth But Rival Telkom Announced 8ta Contracts


Vodacom, South Africa’s first and leading cellular network, reported increased revenues for six months which ended in September.

The telecommunications company says their customer numbers are up 15.4% to about 4.8 million people. That represents about 20% of South Africa’s customer base. The increased revenue has been linked to the recovering from the effects of implementing the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Relation Information Act (Rica).

Despite the growth in profits for Vodacom, there is a possibility that competition in the coming months will slow down Vodacom’s momentum.

Telkom announced its anticipated 8ta mobile operator plans. Previously, 8ta only offered prepaid services – one voice and one data. Now, 8ta has promoted new contracts that combine both of them.

On the low end of the pricing, consumers can get a Samsung Galaxy 550 featuring 90 inclusive minutes to all 8ta and national landlines, 15 minutes to other mobile phones and local networks and 25 MB of monthly data.

On the high end, you can get a Nokia N8 or Nokia 2710n with 500 minutes to 8ta and national landlines, 200 minutes to other mobile phones and 50 MB of monthly data.

Complete details of all deals offered by 8ta can be found on the website ( Telkom’s emergence in the South African market creates more competition for consumer dollars.

Will Vodacom’s profits stay as high in later months, or will Telkom and 8ta be able to flourish?

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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