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- Vodacom Business joins Telkom in hosting two new local broadband Speedtest.net serversThe Speedtest.net service has become the premier destination for Internet users to test the download and upload speeds of their broadband service. Speedtest.net has a multitude of testing servers across the globe – including in Cape Town and Johannesburg .Vodacom Business is the latest South African telecoms provider to launch their own Speedtest.net servers, hosted on Vodacom's core network. The company added two new servers, hosted in Midrand/Pretoria and Durban.

- MTN South Africa recently announced that it has upgraded its high-speed broadband service to reach announced speeds of 14.4Mbps HSDPA and 5.76Mbps HSUPA across its 3G and HSPA mobile broadband network.

- The first Tunisian real estate portal "Tunisia real estate" was launched on February 15, 2010; composed of 7 websites dedicated to real estate professionals, the new portal is dubbed "lereflex-immobilier.net".The new portal aims at opening new vistas for Tunisian property market, by providing buyers, renters and investors with the best online offers available on the market.

- South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is getting tough on parastatals by demanding increased efficiency levels, but Broadband Infraco will still receive money He signalled an end to transfer payments to parastatals, which came to R13.9 billion in the past three years, with the exception of R138.6 million to Broadband Infraco and R36 million to state mining company Alexkor.