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Internet News - In Brief

- In South Africa, mobile operator MTN is planning to launch an Internet service operation in order to remain competitive. MTN is not the first cellular operator to elevate the importance of ISP services within its strategy. Earlier this year, its competitor Vodacom established an ISP business.

- Kenya's digital villages will get Internet connection from Ericsson. It said it had partnered with The Earth Institute at Columbia University to provide connectivity to the Millennium Villages project.

- According to Andrew Chenge, Infrastructure Development Minister, Tanzania's number of Internet users has risen thousandfold from 500 in 1996 and the number of Internet services providers increased tenfold during the same period.

- In an interview with local newspaper, the Monitor, Erik Van Veen, the chief commercial officer of MTN reckoned that Uganda now has a combined total of about 300MB worth of bandwidth capacity from all providers”. Cost remains the major impediment to Uganda's data market.

- Kenya Power and Lighting Company's (KPLC) intends to commercialise the extra capacity on its fibre optic network. KPLC will only require about one quarter of the carrying capacity of the cable and, therefore, intends to commercialise the extra capacity to generate extra revenue.

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