Internet News - In Brief


- With regard to the SEA-ME-WE 4 cable cut in the Mediterranean - In a recent update from the cable operators, du has been informed that due to technical difficulties, restoration of affected cable has been currently delayed. The affected cable is expected to be restored to service by 27/4/2010.

- In Uganda, the National Information Technology Authority has stopped the laying of the Internet cable over reports of poor quality and inflated costs. In a letter to the Chinese firm, Huawei Technologies, which is implementing the $106m (about sh221b) national fibre-optic project, the ICT watchdog said the work should wait until a forensic audit is conducted. The permanent secretary of the ICT ministry, Dr. Godfrey Kibuuka, said the audit was going on, but refused to give details.

- In South Africa, Vodacom Business launched its Metro-Ethernet Fibre network (Metro E) and services in a high profile event which featured Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton racing against the company’s new fibre access offering. Vodacom Business said in its press statement that their Metro E service provides companies with speeds from 2 Mbps to 1 Gbps, but Ermano Quartero, Managing Executive at Vodacom Business, pointed out that speeds much faster than 1 Gbps are possible.

- In South Africa, Internet Solutions (IS) has rolled out its 700th AlwaysOn hotspot in SA and analysts say the World Cup helped set the deadline for this project.