Internet News - In Brief


- The average costs for internet access through dominant operator Mauritius Telecom and its ISP Orange will be cut markedly once the telco starts benefiting from lower bandwidth pricing on the SAFE (South-African Far East) cable system. IDG News reports that Orange has filed a list of new tariff proposals with the Information & Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) which, if accepted, will result in price cuts from March 2009. It is believed the price reductions range from 22% to 36% depending on the bandwidth and destination.

- Libyan internet service provider (ISP) Libya Telecom and Technology (LTT) plans to launch its first commercial WiMAX wireless network, and says it hopes to start with WiMAX coverage, including mobile WiMAX, in 18 cities. LTT hopes the deployment will provide Internet access via a USB dongle plugged into a laptop to anyone within 50km of one of its towers. The operator’s new system, which has initial capacity for 300,000 subscribers, will begin signing up business users from next week and residential customers the week after. Libya is home to around 51,000 broadband subscribers, while a further 170,000 of the population rely on slower dial-up internet access. The service is priced at USD30 per month and a one-off payment of USD400 to buy the USB device.