HOW TO START CYBERCAFE BUSINESS

If you want to start a new business, you may consider starting a cybercafe. And should you consider starting one, here are a couple of important points to consider:

1. LOCATION: Must be in an environment where there are more youths (e.g school environment), where people are IT Oriented (e.g In Cities Like, Lagos, PH, Ibadan, Benin, Abuja), where people have disposable income (e.g Middle to Topklass environs in a city)

2. POWER: Must be in an environment where power supply stablility ranges from 65% - 85% so that Gen will complement the rest, else cost of Diesel, Fuel or Generator maintaince will affect your returns.

3. SATELLITE PROVIDER: You must subscribe to a satellite provider with at least 98% uptime, with Good bandwidth management, Good Customer care, Quality Technical Support, Good IP address/Spam Policy.

4. TECHNICAL: You Must have an uptodate Servers for Network Efficiency, Network Security and Bandwidth management. You must also have an in house (full time) sound, experienced Site Engineer/Administrator then may be a much experienced Consultant for backup.

5. MANAGEMENT: You must have an extra mile Business and Management Strategies to survive in the Business. And moreso, you must have an up to date, well secured Billing Software(s) for Ticket generation, Sales, Ticket maintainance/Logs with Printer and Scanning Logs and Billing software as well.

6) NETWORK CAPACITY: You must have a plan for the capacity of your network, Cyber cafes of 5 - 15 computers will not survive. I will recommend from 20 and above. If all the above conditions are met, the larger the network, the better the Returns.

RECOMENDATIONS:

1) Use only C-BAND 1.8M DISH, 2W BUC for a network of between 15 - 75 computers and-BAND 2.4M DISH, 5W BUC for a network of between 80 - 200 computers. I will reccommend C-Band against Ku-Band coz it's not affected by whether or rainfade unlike Ku-Band. Ku will be ok for Churches and NGOs

2.) I will recommend you use Brand New computers for your Servers and Workstations. use Intel Pentium IV for your Servers and Intel P III or Gigapro 2000+ for your workstations.

3.) I will recommend Linksys Switches for you LAN, I will not reccommend Cisco Switches becos of the cost but Linksys is a subsidiary of Cisco which is better when compared to other switches in the Nigerian market.


COSTS:

You can get a C-Band VSAT 1.8M, 2W BUC between $3,000 - $4,000 excluding activation, Installation and bandwidth which differs

You can get a C-Band VSAT 2.4M, 5W BUC between $5,000 - $6,500 excluding activation, Installation and bandwidth which differs

You can get a complete Pentium IV computer between N55,000 - 75,000 depending on the configuration.

You can get a complete GIGAPRO 2000+ computer between N40,000 - 45,000 depending on the configuration and it is a function of the number of workstations you want to use.

You can get a Linksys switch (16 port = N15,000) (24 port = N22,000)

OTHER COSTS:

YOU HAVE TO BEAR IN THE MIND THE FOLLOWING COSTS AS WELL"

1) ACCOMODATION/SPACE

2.) NETWORK TRUNKING AND CABLING

3.) ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONICS EQUIPMENT AND WIRING

4.) GENERATOR COST

5.) FURNITURE AND DECORATIONS.

N.B: the prices above may not be actual as they are only for estimates.

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