Internet News - In Brief


- MainOne Cable Company has commenced the main route survey operations of its submarine cable project. Tagged Kommandor Jack, this first phase is expected to extend from Portugal to Nigeria and Ghana respectively and will comprise 1.92 terabits per second of bandwidth, more than 10 times the bandwidth currently available by other subsisting submarine cable in the territory.

- Eutelsat is launching its W2A satellite on April 3rd. Worth more than 130 million euros (R1.6 billion), it will have 10 C-band transponders dedicated to servicing Africa's growing demand for GSM trunking and enterprise networks.

- Many MWEB ADSL subscribers in South Africa have been left without Internet access because of ‘high usage’. MWEB recently announced that at the end of April it will discontinue its unlimited free local-only ADSL bandwidth trial. As of 1 May 2009, MWEB will allocate subscribers a free 10 GB quota of local-only bandwidth.