Internet News - In Brief


* South African mobile operator Cell C has confirmed the commercial launch of its 900MHz HSPA+ network in Port Elizabeth. The HSPA+ network is based on a Release 7 platform, and offers theoretical data transmission speeds of 21.6Mbps. To date, 1,600 ‘HSPA+ 900’ sites have been deployed, with Cell C running large-scale user tests in ten major cities. Bloemfontein is next in line, followed by Durban. It has been reported that Cell C is struggling with its HSPA+ network in Johannesburg, however, which may result in a significant delay. Nevertheless, the first phase of Cell C’s HSPA+ network rollout is expected to be completed by the end of 2010, with coverage of 34% of the population. The company will continue its expansion in 2011, and aims to reach 67% of the population by mid-2011.
* At the Lagos event, Group Chief Operating Officer of Glo, Mohamed Jameel, said, Glo 1, which will commence commercial services shortly, will give customers an excellent communication network and a cost-effective voice, data, video and e-commerce services across Africa, Europe and the rest of the world.
* Zimbabwe’s Africom is rebranding itself. The new Africom, with a red logo, will launch this Friday, 10 September.

* Powertel  the first company to bring high speed International fibre connectivity to Zimbabwe through a deal it signed with Botswana Telecommunications (BTC) in May this year. Powertel gets direct international connectivity through a Synchronous Transport Module One (STM1) at a maximum of 155Mbps. Last week, the Botswana fibre optic cable that supplies wholesale International bandwidth to Powertel (a state owned Internet provider) broke. The cable damage was on a section in an area outside Francistown in Botswana. The cable was fixed later in the evening the same day.A lot of Zimbabwean ISPs rely on this link for International traffic and this forced them to redirect all traffic to more expensive satellite links. Two of Zimbabwe’s leading ISPs, ZOL and YoAfrica, sent emails to clients explaining the significant drop in Internet speed.