Internet - In Brief


- South African ISP MWEB has signed a partnership deal with Spain-based international Wi-Fi network provider FON, under which its subscribers will gain access to more than twelve million wireless hotspots worldwide. The crowd-based FON service allows customers to securely share a portion of their Wi-Fi bandwidth with those in range of their wireless router. According to a joint press release, MWEB subscribers with a FON-enabled router (supplied free of charge by MWEB) can access the network of Wi-Fi hotspots, which currently includes MWEB WiFi Zones and AlwaysOn hotspots. More than 30,000 hotspots across the country are expected to be activated by the end of 2014.

- The internet and data segment registered a 6.1 per cent in subscriptions a decline of 800,000 subscriptions in the quarter between July and Sep 2013 in focus as a result of a decline in subscriptions in mobile data and satellite subscriptions in Kenya. This reduction prompted a decline of 2.5 percent in the estimated number of internet users in the country from 19.6 million users to just 19.1 million.