Internet News - In Brief

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- A Namibian man's online identity was stolen this week when an unknown Internet confidence trickster used the man's personal mailing list to beg for US$3,000 from unsuspecting friends, family and colleagues. Local HIV-AIDS activist Bernhard Kamatoto was alerted to the scam on Wednesday, when a colleague sitting close to him at their office in Windhoek suddenly looked up and asked Kamatoto why he was sending e-mail begging for money. The e-mail claimed that Kamatoto was stuck in Nigeria, where he was attending a "missionary trip for eradication of HIV-AIDS (sic)" and needed money after he had been robbed.

- The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) of Namibia re-launched its website, with the aim of improving, make detailed, current information available in a user-friendly format. The website will serve as a central point for sharing and disseminating information to partners and the general public. (see http://www.met.gov.na/)

- In Kenya, Orange mobile customers began to access the internet for Sh1 per MB, the most competitive rates in the market currently. The new charges on the Internet Everywhere Service will see prepaid mobile customers get 50MB of data every week at Sh50. Mickael Ghossein, Orange Chief Executive Officer, said the new mobile internet tariff targets the increasing number of people using their mobile phones to access the service.

- SEACOM, Broadband Infraco and Teraco team up to bring Internet and IP transit services directly to the South African market.

- State-owned incumbent Zamtel has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) for the construction of a fibre-optic cable through Kazungula, online news source Zambian Watchdog reports. The joint project will allow Zamtel to provide more cost effective, efficient and reliable telecommunications services and is expected to take between three to four months to implement. The two companies have agreed to equally share the cost of the USD290,000 project, as well as forming a joint project management team to help manage all aspects of the project.

- In South Africa, MWeb Business has unveiled their latest uncapped ADSL product aimed at the business market; an aggressively priced uncapped, unshaped 10Mbps service. The new offering, which runs over MWeb’s next-generation network, has its own international bandwidth provisioned through Seacom, making it affordable for businesses to achieve high connectivity speeds.

- Kenya Data Networks has announced that it plans to lower its broadband prices by 30% later this month, in a bid to increase its presence in the lucrative business market. The company will reportedly reduce its international internet wholesale access price from KES32,300 (USD400) to KES22,610 (USD280) per megabyte, per month. Business Daily Africa estimates that the industry average is currently USD400. The move is expected to trigger a price war between KDN’s rivals in the wholesale market: Safaricom, Telkom Kenya and Jamii Telecoms.