Internet News - In Brief


- According to internet intelligence company Renesys, broadband access was restored to war-torn Libya on Sunday 21 August, only for the country to be taken offline several hours later.

- Mobile operator Airtel Kenya has signed an agreement with corporate data and infrastructure provider AccessKenya to enable it to offer fixed line voice telephony services using AccessKenya’s burgeoning fibre-optic network in Nairobi and Mombasa. According to Business Daily Africa, as a result of the deal Airtel will gain access to all new buildings in which the broadband provider rolls out its fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network; AccessKenya says that it is currently connecting at least ten new buildings to its infrastructure every month, with around 300 buildings connected to date.

- A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report, South Africa Entertainment and Media Outlook: 2010-2014, paints a gloomy picture of the country’s recorded music industry, with sales falling in double digits year on year. PwC’s report says spending on digital music in SA is not expected to surpass spending on physical formats over the next five years. By 2014, digital spending will be little more than half of spending on physical-format media, so the industry continues to rely on retailers for distribution.

- Africa is making strides to get the .africa domain up and running by 2013, say Internet industry bodies across the continent.