INTERNET

Internet News - In Brief

- Vodacom Business, the internet division of South African telco Vodacom, has commenced the rollout of a series of fibre-optic networks in small Western Cape towns, including: Paarl, Stellenbosch, Somerset West and Wellington. Managing executive for products and marketing, Ermano Quartero, said that the deployment consists of 23km of fibre between Stellenbosch and Kuilsriver; 48km of cable in Somerset West; 49km in Paarl and Wellington, with 38km worth of 'optic spurs' deployed in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Somerset West.

- Uganda’s Vision Group will tomorrow, Friday launch a new website which will act as a one stop centre for election news ahead of the 2011 presidential and parliamentary polls in Uganda. The website will carry the latest updates from the campaign trails, profiles of candidates, tit-bits from manifestos, Electoral Commission bulletins, graphics and pictorial coverage of the candidates.

- The effectiveness of the multi-billion shilling stimulus spending will come under fresh scrutiny when the Government of Kenya launches an online portal to profile the status of the programme. Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to launch an official website on the Sh22 billion fiscal stimulus programme that was initiated in the 2009/10 budget to help support economic recovery at a time when the country was just stepping out of its worst growth performance in years.

- ICASA reveals its plan to address South Africa's broadband issues in a holistic way which will influence spectrum regulations and more. Stephen Mncube, Chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) said that ICASA is “already embarking on the frequency distribution process” and that they had enlisted the aid of an international expert to do a thorough study on broadband.

- Locally produced goods and services in Ghana will soon get international recognition as Made in Africa Investment Limited, a produce marketing company, concludes arrangements to enlist them on a website. The CEO of Made in Africa, Emmanuel Mbigbo said the website would be opened for the local manufacturers to boost their potentials for international trade.

- Kenya’s Internet users more than doubled over the past year as East Africa’s biggest economy invested in fiber-optic cables, Permanent Secretary in the Information Ministry Bitange Ndemo said. “We now have 7.5 million Internet users compared to 3 million last year,” Ndemo told reporters in Nairobi.

- The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) has ruled against Telkom using the term "Fast" to describe its 384Kb/s service.

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