Internet News - In Brief


-The Libyan International Telecom Company (LITC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Libyan Post, Telecom and Information Technology Company (LPTIC), has selected Huawei Marine Networks to construct its ‘Silphium’ fibre-optic submarine cable. The 420km cable will cross the Mediterranean Sea, connecting Darnah, in northern Libya with Chania, Greece. The cable will have an initial capacity of 7×10Gbps and a maximum theoretical capacity of 1.2Tbps. The system will provide route protection for Libya's existing international communication channels, and also offer bandwidth improvement designed to satisfy the increasing demand for multi-national communications. The project is due for completion in mid-2011.

- Cell C has finally launched its high-speed mobile broadband network in Gauteng after first switching on the service in Port Elizabeth a little over 10 weeks ago.The company is promising average download speeds in Pretoria and Johannesburg of 4-7Mbit/s and upload speeds of 2-3Mbit/s. At launch, 62% of Gauteng’s population is covered and should have 89% of the population covered by the end of January. Cell C has also unveiled its first set of data bundles, with prices ranging from R50 to R400.
A 100MB bundle costs R50; 250MB R100; 500MB R150; and 1GB R250. The largest package — 2GB — will set back users R400.