Internet News - In Brief


- ICASA Chairman Paris Mashile recently indicated that the process for licensing the sought after 2.6 GHz and 3.5 GHz spectrum - typically referred to as WiMax spectrum - will be announced towards the end of July. One of the most positive developments is that the remaining 120 MHz of 2.6 GHz spectrum is likely to be divided into four 30 MHz portions and allocated to four new licensees. This is what industry asked for, and ICASA appears to have listened to the operators’ requests.

- ViaSat announced it has signed two contracts with RascomStar-Qaf, a pan-African satellite operator, to deliver satellite systems for infrastructure communications carrying pan-African telephony and data between regional and national capitals and for rural telecommunications access across the African continent with RascomStar-Qaf VSAT terminals.

- AccessKenya Group has upgraded its internet core network by ten times as it gears to handle the huge bandwidth capacity upon the arrival of the Seacom and Teams submarine cables. AcessKenya increased the internet core network from1000mb to 10,000mb at a cost of Sh60 million. It is scaled to handle and best manage the large capacities of the international fibre cables and to ensure the core internet network is upgrade proofed for a number of years into the future. Additionally, the company has purchased 2,500mb of capacity on the Seacom fibre optic cable, which together with a similar amount procured on the TEAMS cable will give it a total of 5,000mb of capacity to offer significantly faster speeds to its customers.

- Angola’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, Unitel, has revealed plans to spend USD1.7 billion over the next four years on expanding and upgrading infrastructure, reports Bloomberg. Projects in progress include deploying a fibre-optic backbone spanning the country.