Internet News - In Brief


- In the capital city of Zimbabwe, Harare, Blue Chip Village Cyber Café has introduced the first public real-time online video chat facility. Internet patrons can now access skype, yahoo messenger, msnlive and google and have single or conference chats to business associates, family and friends.

- SABMiller, the parent company of Nile Breweries, has launched a website to educate Uganda’s consumers about responsible consumption of alcohol.

- Former state-run Burkina Faso telco Onatel has signed an agreement with Benin Telecom to give the Burkinabe operator access to the SAT-3 international submarine cable via the landing point in Benin’s capital Cotonou, according to a Telecompaper report. Benin Telecom’s CEO Patrick Benon said that the fibre-optic link's current capacity stood at 9.7Gbps.

- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international association with the mission to develop open standards for the web, is inviting the general public to its Senegal Office Launch at eLearning Africa 2009 in Dakar. By launching a new office in Senegal - W3C's first in West Africa and 17th facility worldwide - the consortium seeks to work with regional web communities to promote W3C technologies in local languages, broaden its geographical base and encourage international participation in its activities.

- The Film and Publication Board (FPB) has joined the International Association of Internet Hotlines, also known as Inhope, to boost its fight against child pornography. SA is the 32nd country to sign up.

- The Deputy Minister of Energy, Dr Kwabena Donkor quoted Sir John Bond, chairman of Vodafone Group PIc, as expressing concern about the integrity of the national fibre optic sold to the Group along with Ghana Telecom last year. Even though the deputy minister would not elaborate further, he said the President told Sir John that the government did not intend to abrogate the deal but would review aspects of it to the satisfaction of both sides.

- Mozambique Airlines (LAM) last Thursday launched its Direct Internet Sales, whereby passengers can make reservations and buy and receive LAM tickets on the Internet.