News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 50 on 1 December 2000

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AFRICA ONLINE VS MWEB: CONTINENT-WIDE CONTENT PROVIDERS SLUG IT OUT

1 December 2000

Africa’s two largest internet service providers - Africa Online and M-Web - have pan-continental ambitions that will be driven by providing content. M-Web has already tried to use access to its content as a tactical weapon in its main market, South Africa. As their continental expansion plans fall into place, both will increasingly find themselves in competition with each other for the same users. Content will play a key role in this battle. Ben Parker from Africa Online and Tanya Accone of M-Web outline how they see their company’s development strategies. Africa Online’s strategy focuses on providing continent-wide content that…