In brief


 South African-backed Bidvest Namibia Information Technology is the latest company to apply to the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) for a technology- and service-neutral (Comprehensive) telecoms network operating licence in Namibia. Pierre Joubert, general manager of Bidvest Namibia, said in the services/trading/distribution firm’s application that its medium-to-long-term strategy is to become a ‘fully-fledged’ internet service provider (ISP) and to expand its existing wide area network (WAN) from ‘15 major locations’ to the entire country. Bidvest, a listed Nambian company, currently provides hosted application services from two data centres, which require its clients to have connectivity from their premises, a report in The Namibian newspaper says.

- The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe last week cancelled internet service provider Valley Technologies' operating licence for failing to meet the regulator's requirements. In a letter addressed to Valley Technologies chief executive Zachary Wazara, Potraz acting director-general  Alfred Marima said the company had failed to pay its licence, spectrum and number fees amounting to approximately US$2,4 million since 2010.