Internet News - In Brief


- TEAMS has been given the first submarine cable landing operator licence in Kenya. The firm paid an initial fee of Sh15 million, besides making an up front annual operating payment of five million shillings for the current financial year. At the same time, the CCK approved the award of second licence to Sea Submarine Communications (SEACOM), but the firm will only get the green light to connect with local Internet providers upon paying the license fee of Sh15 million.

- At an update on Nigeria’s deployment of broadband services, NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Ernest Ndukwe, said that the NCC has identified three companies that will execute the project, now awaiting federal approval. The scheme could not begin as expected because of delay in the approval of the NCC's budget which was done only last October.

- Uganda Telecom (Utl) has introduced an SMS payment to access its Internet hotspots. In this way, the operator can eliminates the on-site attendants, scratch cards and IT specialists. "There are three payment plans for surfing durations of one hour, three hours and six hours of sh2,000, sh5,000 and sh10,000 respectively. The cost of each plan includes the charge of the SMS.

- March 15 is the deadline for all cyber cafe operators and internet service providers in the country to register with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) or face wrath of the commission. These categories of services providers are only required to obtain a class licence from the commission at the cost of N10,000 only.

- Foris Telecom, a WiMAX operator in developing countries, and Runcom Technologies, an ODFMA pioneer, announced the successful completion of a Site Acceptance Test (SAT) of the first Mobile WiMAX network in Maputo, Mozambique. The SAT completion is the last stage before the commercial launch of the WiMAX services, scheduled to start in April 1st, 2009.

- UK Justice Secretary Jack Straw has been the victim of Nigerian fraudsters who sent out hundreds of e-mails in his name asking for money. The e-mails claimed he had lost his wallet on charity work in Africa and needed 3,500 US dollars to get home.