Internet News: In Brief

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* Kenya Data Networks (KDN) has expanded its network reach to six major countries in sub-Saharan Africa, enabling it to deliver cost effective services to Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and Malawi. This year KDN is expanding its subscriber base which is prevalent in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, and Eldoret to provide high-quality broadband services to customers in the cities and rural areas of Kenya. KDN has said that it aims to reach 80% of Kenyans with its data networks by the end of 2010.

*A fault in the Seacom undersea cable which runs along Africa's east coast has interrupted internet access for millions, including local users. Its undersea cable system had collapsed, disrupting services from Kenya to India and Europe. Internet Solutions and MWeb subscribers appear to be worst hit. Initial investigations had revealed that there was a fault on the component that amplified the signal. The repairs could take up to a week. Internet traffic would be routed on to other cables such as the TEAMS and the SAT3/SAFE cable system. Telkom South Africa’s international clients on consumer DSL and Velocity packages were affected, but business DSL clients were not experiencing any problems because the company used Telkom's SAT3 cable as a backup.

* South African mobile operator Vodacom has confirmed that it will be launching a consumer based ADSL service to complement its current wireless and business offerings. Vodacom, which is South Africa’s largest cellco, has been actively working towards entering the fixed broadband market since 2007 - initially as a reseller - but also with the intention of providing services using its own bandwidth.

* Neotel has launched an uncapped Internet access package under the name 'NeoBroadband WiMAX'. Neotel, which currently has WiMAX networks installed in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban, says that its new offering is a flexible solution that can be upgraded or downgraded to suit the needs of the user; 1Mbps, 2Mbps, 5Mbps and 8Mbps download speeds are available. Neotel promises a five-day turnaround time for installation.