ALCATEL PLANS FOR LOCAL CELLPHONE NEWS
French telecoms group Alcatel plans to provide cellphone networks that offer communities useable local news. Alcatel said its goal was not to provide these communities with internet access in the same way that it was viewed in the developing world, but rather to give them the capacity to cater for their own needs. Alcatel manager for Africa and middle east Gérald Farrenc said an announcement would be made next month giving details of the project, which cellphone operator Vodacom was pursuing.
He warned that such projects needed support from both the local community and international funders in order to succeed . This was why Alcatel had been in talks with the SA government, nongovernmental organisations and local industry players in two workshops over the past year.