Internet News - In Brief


- Zantel has slashed price of its modems from 99,900/- to 49,900/- in a move aimed at bringing internet connectivity to a majority of Tanzanians. Recently, the company introduced new internet packages on Z Connect with increased capacity from 200MB to 250MB. "This new internet bundles offer our customers the flexibility and choice to subscribe to a package that suits their lifestyles. He said, for 250MB, a customer can surf the web, check emails and download songs and video clips as low as 10,000/- a month.

- The Mobile Web is the future of mobile apps, and it’s not surprising to see Vincent Maher and Nic Haralambous, from South Africa, on the front end of it. Motribe( is a simple community building platform for the mobile web. You can easily get a site up and going in an hour that allows chat, photo sharing, private messaging and mobile blogs. Initial funding was raised 4DI Capital, and they’ve got a clear business strategy, which is to sell their product. Pricing ranges from $10 to $50, and each level gives you a greater ability to customize and “own” the mobile social network that you’ve built. There is also an enterprise level available for bigger brands and companies. Motribe also has a free plan with core features and a 100-user limit for you to get started quickly.

- France Telecom-Orange and the other members of the LION2 consortium signed an agreement today in Mayotte to build a new submarine cable in the Indian Ocean. The agreement comes less than a year after the inauguration of the LION submarine cable (Lower Indian Ocean Network) linking Madagascar to the rest of the world via Réunion Island and Mauritius. With this latest agreement, France Telecom-Orange enters the second phase of its Indian Ocean development plan, pursuing its strategy for the regional expansion of broadband internet.