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Franchise Opportunity: Netopia

An internet chain is still a profitable franchise.
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Digital Paradise, Inc. (Netopia) is the largest Internet Café chain in the country with more than 100 branches nationwide and over 4,500 workstations.

Netopia is the country’s biggest provider of shared computer and Internet access, desktop publishing, photo printing and eload. The company serves more than 1.5 million customers per month.

Netopia is 75 percent owned by ePLDT, a fully-owned subsidiary of PLDT, the largest telecommunications company in the Philippines.

[related|post]Moreover, it has an established franchise system which contains standards in operating an Internet cafe such as branch setup, customer service procedures and equipment, hardware and Internet connections specifications. Among its key advantages are a recognizable brand, continuous innovation of products and services, robust billing system and strong technical support.

Advantages of a Netopia franchise:
•    Use of an established brand name
•    Benefit from continuous innovation of products and services
•    Use of the Netopia Online Billing System with strong revenue assurance feature
•    Access to employee training and operational support
•    Availability of technical support and consultation
•    Use of a proven system of management and operation

Investment
The estimated investment requirement for a 30-workstation size Netopia branch is about P2.6 million (may vary depending on location) as detailed below:

1.    Franchise fee (for 3 years): P300,000
2.    Security deposit (3 months): P300,000
3.    Leasehold improvements: P600,000
4.    Computers and software: P1.3 million
5.    Working capital: P50,000
6.    Permits, taxes and insurance: P50,000
 
Franchise term: 3 years
Advertising fund 1 percent of gross sales

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