Yesterday was a very exciting day for us, we have launched iHost "Intelligent Hosting". An online service that will allow -for the first time- Sudanese citizens to register common level domain names from their homes and without the need for international credit cards like Visa or MasterCard.
Since the internet was first introduced in Sudan by Sudan Internet Services Co. Ltd. "Sudanet" in 1996, Sudanese citizens weren't able to register common level domains (.com, .net, .org, .info etc..) online and with simple clicks. The process was always daunting, people had to walk into a technology company request their domain names and get the response days after, and it wasn't cheap either! With Softwex iHost all this is going to change.
iHost will literally unlock a lot of opportunities to the Sudanese people in the world of the internet, especially young ambitious students after being stuck behind the rest of the world for a long time.
iHost is the first service to take advantage of Softwex Card, a payment system which will enable customers to pay their hosting subscriptions, domains registration and renewals fees.
We are very happy because we have received an overwhelming support and thumbs up from Sudanese people which we didn't expect.
Thank you all! you have made our day more exciting, We dedicate this is to you!
I tell you no secret.. our unannounced online service which will be launched next Monday will depend entirely on a payment solution we've developed especially for that purpose.
No one can argue that the absence of an online payment solution for Sudanese websites is holding us back thanks to the American sanctions on Sudan. Sudanese citizens can't use international credit cards like Visa or MasterCard or have accounts on sites like Paypal or MoneyBookers, all doors are closed!
I've witnessed the death of many great ideas for e-comm websites for many young and ambitions Sudanese youths. It's a really sad situation and the Sudanese Gov is not helping as well at least by providing a local payment gateway, i don't know why it is taking them too long to resolve the issue?!
Anyway i think our simple solution to this problem is not perfect but it's OK! And that is quite good enough for now!
UPDATE: After 2 years of writing this post we finally have proper online payment solution in Sudan, now Sudanese citizens can use thier ATM cards on the internet. We at Softwex adopted it on October, 6 2013.
First let me welcome you to our blog, i really wish you could find something useful here and may be change your life! an idea, thought or a piece of information you didn't know about. We will do our best to meet your expectations.
As we announced last week, we have a brand new online service we are going to launch on September 5th. So what is it? well, you have to wait a little :) what you need to know is that this service has never been done by any Sudanese technology company before and it will open the doors for a whole new scale of opportunities to the young Sudanese youth.
So stay tuned! this is going to be big.