Internet News - In Brief


- Work has commenced on building of the largest wireless network in Africa across the four campuses of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Google Inc., is the lead sponsor of the project to provide an internet bandwidth of 25 megabytes per second (25mbps) up from an initial 8mbps. Google's Office Lead, English Speaking West Africa, Nyimbi Odero, disclosed that the UNN wireless network infrastructure project is the first the company would execute as part of its Google University Access Programme in Africa. Officials say the project would be delivered in three months at the end of August 2010.

- Cell C is reported to have started testing its HSPA+ network, capable of offering download speeds of up to 21Mbps, according to local press reports. Cell C announced in late 2009 that it will be investing around ZAR5 billion (USD649 million) to upgrade its network infrastructure, something which will allow it to compete more effectively with Vodacom and MTN in the mobile broadband market.

- Last Wednesday the Tunisian Minister of Transport Abderrahim Zouari, announced the launch of the establishment of a single information system on board buses of the Tunis Transportation Company (TRANSTU) and regional transport companies. Henceforth the company's buses will be equipped with GPS (satellite positioning technology) and GPRS, a general packet radio service for wireless communication services.

- Sameer Dave, Chief Technology Officer of MTN South Africa, has said his company is ready to cope with the influx of bandwidth-hungry international football fans later this month for the World Cup 2010, saying that his company currently has 120 live 21Mbps HSPA+ sites, in addition to in excess of 2,000 3G/HSDPA sites, of which 1,300 are 7.2Mbps and 14.4Mbps enabled. MTN will continue to invest heavily in its network in 2010, with a planned ZAR4.1 billion (USD535 million) network spend in across the year.

- WirelessG announced earlier this year that it was planning to launch its Fli G-Connect service - Africa’s first inflight Wi-Fi Internet-access solution – later this year. The new inflight Wi-Fi service will provide all passengers with a Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) enabled laptop or mobile device access to standard Internet services such as websites, e-mail, Skype and social networking services.

- MWEB Namibia has changed its name to AfricaOnline following the buyout of its majority shareholding by South Africa's fixed line operator, Telkom South Africa.Last year Telkom bought MWEB Africa and 75 percent of MWEB Namibia for about N$610 million. The deal came just after MWEB Namibia had taken over the operations of AfricaOnline in Namibia.