Internet News - In Brief

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- According to local Ghanaian newspaper Business Guide, Globacom’s Glo One cable is expected to go live in July this year.

- The ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) has voiced it's concern over too many South Africans registering .COM domains as opposed to .CO.ZA domains. ZADNA GM Vika Mpesani, says the registering of URL names on .com is doing the local domain and Internet industry a disservice. At the moment there are approximately 542, 000 .CO.ZA domain registrations as opposed to approximately 95,000 .COM domain registrations amongst South African users.

- The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has launched online registration and result checking at its headquarters in Banjul. Felix Okaroa, the head of National Office of WAEC said it is important to improve the services of WAEC so that all Member Countries of the Council can embrace the ICT mode of operations and redefine the way they do almost everything.

- The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) through the African Union (AU) e-Commission and the Federal Government are to chart a new course by formulating an enabling policy and regulatory framework for the development of ICT broadband infrastructure in the African continent.

- SkyVision has signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract for C-band capacity on the Intelsat 14 satellite (IS-14). The capacity will allow SkyVision to expand its satellite cellular backhaul offerings for the growing cellular services market in Africa.

- O3b Networks has signed a contract with Arianespace for the launch of O3b Network’s satellite constellation. This new global Internet backbone provides service access to more than 150 countries. The first 8 O3b satellites will be launched into orbit during 2012 by two Soyuz launch vehicles operating from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Each satellite will weigh about 700 kg at launch, has a design life of 10 years, and provides greater than 10 Gbps of capacity.

- The South African telecoms and broadcasting regulator (Icasa) has issued a discussion document aimed at implementing a regulatory framework for internet protocol television (IPTV). One of challenges faced by Icasa in regulating IPTV was that the Internet was not regulated, whereas broadcasting was. However, Icasa proposed that it would focus on content. The deadline to submit comments is March 26.

- The United Nations has launched a new group of high-profile Internet users to inspire and involve social media audiences in the effort to combat malaria. The group of 24 will utilise their social profile to focus online and offline media audiences on the movement, milestones and resources required to achieve the Secretary-General's goal of providing all endemic African countries with malaria control interventions by the end of 2010. The 2010 UN Special Envoys for Malaria include CNN host Larry King, actress Alyssa Milano, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, the co-founder of Twitter Biz Stone and Randi Zuckerberg, the Director of Marketing at Facebook.