IN BRIEF:

Internet

- Africa Online, the pan African information and communications technology firm, has launched a high-speed wireless Internet service for Tanzania. The InfiNet service is based on a technology known as iBurst, which is also capable of supporting voice and video solutions. The service, which is targeted at both the retail and consumer markets, became available at Africa Online dealers from the beginning of this month at a cost of US$200.

- Reporters Without Borders slammed Zimbabwe’s Interception of Communications Act that finally signed into law by President Robert Mugabe on 3 August. It enables the government to intercept phone calls, emails and faxes with the declared aim of protecting national security. Internet service providers are now reportedly facing financial difficulties as a result of the bill, because of the costs of installing monitoring equipment on their platforms. Under the law ISPs have to meet the costs themselves.

- Former France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications has been rebranded as Vizada following its acquisition by Apax Partners in October 2006.

- OutKafe, a cybercafe management suite distributed under the free GNU/GPL licence, has just had version 5.2.0 released. Largely a feature oriented release, the release is recommended for all users