The internet has served as the universal language of the virtual world since the beginning of the digital era. Some of the great benefits of the internet over other communication network are its global presence, easy accessibility and wide scale communications. (The Importance of the Internet, 2009)
Internet use has exploded in recent years, providing a constant, ever-changing source of information and entertainment. New headlines are updated by the minute, not just daily. You can connect with literally hundreds of people on social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook or twitter. Email, online chat, and message board allow both public and anonymous communication, about almost any topic imaginable, down to smallest detail.
Internet Cafe, often called Cyber Cafe, is a place that offers customers hi-speed internet access, other computer services and variety of PC games. It deals with internet time that a customer buys and it can be sold per hour or minute and sometimes longer. Internet Cafe is the most popular in the world of business people, travelers and tourists, but it also finds good and frequent customers in teenagers and adults who spend a lot of time playing computer games. This place is simply a must for webmail, instant messaging and the best way to keep in touch both in private and professional field.
Internet Café is a place where food and drinks are also usually served. (Free Tips for Successful Internet Cafe Business) In Brazil, the initial concept brought by Monkey Paulista was based on the business model used by Internet cafes in South Korea, since this was the first house LAN to exist in Brazil, inaugurated in São Paulo, starting its activities in 1998. The company closed in 2010. However, just a week later for reasons of bureaucracy, the company Lan Game @ The House was opened and today is the 1st lan house of Brazil in activity. Today it is seen as the country as a way to test new technologies and demonstration of games and products.
In the Philippines, internet cafés are found on every street in major cities and there is at least one in most municipalities or towns. There are also internet cafés in coffee shops and malls. High-end restaurants and fast food chains also provide free broadband to diners.
In some major cities with existing ordinances regulating internet cafes (e.g. Valenzuela, Marikina, Davao, Lapu-lapu and Zamboanga), students who are below 18 years old are prohibited from playing computer games during regular class hours. Depending on the city, regulations varies on their exact details and implementation. Such city ordinances usually also requires internet cafe owners to: 1. Install filtering software to block adult oriented sites 2. Prohibit the sales of intoxicating drinks and cigarettes inside their establishment 3. Allow open view of rented computers (i.e. no closed cubicles) (Internet Cafe)
I-Café Pilipinas with the full support of the Commission of Information Communication and Technology, Cyber Services Group headed my Commissioner Monchito Ibrahim is currently organizing the First Internet Café National Summit with the Theme: “Making A Better Internet Café Industry In The Next Decade”. (First Internet Cafe)
Every now and then, here in our local area, lots of Cyber cafe’s are appearing. Different services are rendered with those new businesses that is being put up. Before, there are just few Cyber Cafe here in Digos City and as we remember we paid a large amount in just simple service like printing. We paid almost 60Pesos but today new existing internet cafes are appearing and as a costumer we have already lots of choices that satisfies or needs.
Nowadays, in the vicinity of Cor Jesu College lots of internet cafes are appearing. New cafes are opening; competition is present and can’t be denied. The problem here is that is the cafes operations still sustainable to profit even they are lots of competitions. Capital in building one computer shop is big, investing into a business that is widely used and visited by. Keeping a computer shop needs maintenance and services to accommodate users thus explaining the expenses. The factors that affects the sustainability of an internet cafe. This is what the researchers want to find out in the study.