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- Last week Africom officially unveiled its paid mobile broadband services through adverts in the press and an email sent today to subscribers using the services for the one month free bandwidth promotion. The email basically tells subscribers to pay by 23 October or get disconnected. Only the MiChoice package has been launched so far. The package offering is US $15 for 1GB data. In comparison to what the Zimbabwe telecoms giant, Econet, is charging for 1GB (US $98), Africom’s price is by far a preferable alternative.

- State-owned Internet infrastructure provider Broadband Infraco will launch in the third week of November, offering wholesale access to its network. Infraco CEO Dave Smith says the company’s first phase has involved developing metropolitan access networks that the commercial Internet providers can use to bring services to their customers. Smith says that over the coming financial year the company will complete the last few pieces of its national network, meshing together some of the more popular routes.

- Vodafone Ghana has so far set up ten ultra-modern retail shops across the country with the aim of reaching out to its customers with a one stop solution to their communication needs. The shops offer customers what is described as “a serene environment”, a broader selection of merchandise from the company's range of Mobile phones, BlackBerry phones, Broadband, Fixed Lines, Africa's fastest Internet cafes, as well as a cash desk for bill payments all in one location. This sets them apart from competition as the only operator that offers consumers, one place that they can get complete communication solution.

- South Africa’s neglect of access networks for providing broadband connectivity has resulted in the country slipping in a world quality broadband ranking study conducted by Oxford University with US networking company Cisco. It’s the third study by the university, which shows South Africa ranked 42nd in the world and slipping almost 10 places in two years.