The great Axxess story: from a one-bedroom flat to R200 million

Axxess was started by Franco Barbalich in a one-bedroom flat 19 years ago, and is now one of the biggest Internet service providers in South Africa.

By - March 14, 2016 Share on LinkedIn
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Axxess is one of the SA’s best entrepreneurial success stories.

The company was founded by Franco Barbalich in his one-bedroom flat in 1997, with the aim of providing South Africans with great Internet access.

At the time it was called Axxess Africa, and offered Internet access through its four Internet cafés in Port Elizabeth.

Between 2000 and 2006, the company grew its product range to include hardware sales, website design and hosting, and personal and business connectivity.

In 2008, the company launched over 600 Wi-Fi hotspots across South Africa, and also won the ISP of the Year award for the first time.

Axxess continued to perform well, and won the award twice more – 2009 and 2015.

In 2013, Axxess moved into its new offices in Port Elizabeth, which now hosts the company’s 89 employees.

In 2014, the company introduced the most affordable mobile data in South Africa, with 3-month data rollover.

There is a lot more to come, said Barbalich. The company plans to launch fibre and mobile voice services this year, and also has a “super-secret project” which will be unveiled soon.

The infographic below, provided by Axxess, gives an overview of how the ISP grew from a small operation to a company which boasts revenues of over R200 million per year.

Axxess Timeline

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