Internet News – In Brief


- 'Surf & Pay' wins Orange Best New Service Award at AfricaCom. Orange's Surf & Pay is a service that aims to facilitate access to the Internet. Surf & Pay is a system for sharing and re-charging Internet access, designed for hotels and internet cafés that want to provide their customers with Internet access using WiFi.

- GLO 1 international submarine cable has formally commenced the activation of high speed internet bandwidth connectivity at Babcock, Nigeria's premier private university campus in Ogun State.

- Kenyan broadband provider Jamii Telecom Ltd (JTL) has confirmed that it has launched its first fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in Karen, a high-end suburb of Nairobi; the telco plans to target more than 6,000 households and SMEs in the area. Going forward, Joshua Chepkwony, chairman of JTL, has said that the firm intends to focus its FTTH deployments on Nairobi’s more affluent neighbourhoods, such as Karen, Lavington and Kileleshwa, due to the high purchasing power and growing appetite for broadband use. Chepkwony commented: ‘Despite the various inland metro fibre connections we have in the city, most home users are yet to fully take advantage of them, and this is the experience we want to change’. A 10Mbps fibre-optic connection is priced at KES10,000 (USD106.1) per month, with download speeds of 15Mbps (KES15,000) and 20Mbps (KES20,000) also available. Under the brand name ‘Faiba’, JTL will also offer IPTV and voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) services to Karen residents.

- Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs yesterday unveiled a new website which will help showcase Sierra Leone's cultural heritage to the outside world. The website, will provide digital access to Sierra Leonean collections housed in the National Museum and the United Kingdom's partner museums as well as a host of additional resources relating to the country's culture.