Internet News - In Brief


- The International Domain Resolution Union has endorsed the dotafrica project for DotConnectAfrica. In its letter of endorsement 5 Dec 2010 Executive Director of IDRU, David Allen, stated, the Internationalized Domain Resolution Union (IDRU) endorses, with a broad-based majority amongst its members, your efforts for the "dotafrica" initiative. The endorsement stated "Ms. Bekele, as a former gNSO advisor to ICANN, you have worked hard and long to champion Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs).  You have made the case within ICANN for a policy development process that will see IDNs in service of the world community. And you have done so successfully.""IDRU stands ready to assist DotConnectAfrica in its gTLD application for '.africa' in regard to the various African languages that it would support.  At the international level,  these include Arabic and French and Portuguese; at the local level also - for example - Amharic and Swahili".

- Rwanda’s Kasese district is finalising an internet-based, facility, the first of its kind in the Rwenzori region, that will enable the district administration and her stakeholders to electronically share information online.The facility, known as the electronic society (e-society) centre, is housed in the District Information Office. It also comprises an electronic library (e-library). It is funded by the Netherlands-based International Institute for Communication and Developments (IICD) through the Rwenzori Information Centres Network (RIC-NET).The e-society and the e-library can be accessed via the district website, which RIC-NET has also helped reactivate.

- To ensure that the majority of Tanzanians have access to internet, Zantel launched a new initiative which will allow customers to get internet bundled laptops at easy payment terms of up to 13 months. There is huge demand for internet services in Tanzania, however the high prices of computers have been the major hindrance in the growth of the industry and denies people the accessibility of the service, said Mr Malik.He said Zantel customers could choose a laptop model from a variety of models which includes Accer aspire, Dell, Hp and Mac Book pro. He said that the deal would include 1GB monthly bundle, a modem, open Microsoft office, and an anti-virus already installed and configured. The loan will include the Acer Aspire D 255 whose loan amount on monthly payment is 99,900/- Dell and HP 140,900/- per month and Mac Book Pro 13 has a monthly payment of 243,900/-. He said that to get the laptop loan, customers will simply fill an application forms at any Zantel shops.

- Busy Internet will launch Ghana's first, commercial data centre in
January 2011. For details click here