Internet – In Brief


- South Africa's Gautrain, the rapid rail network in Gauteng, says it aims to launch a Wi-Fi service before the end of the year. A spokesperson for the Gautrain Management Agency told BusinessTech that it has been working on a Wi-Fi service for some time, and plans to make an announcement before the end of the year. The spokesperson said that the group is also on track to have mobile phone signals at all subterranean Gautrain stations.

- As a country with one of the lowest levels of ICT use in Africa, Ethiopia’s online presence is further hampered by regressive laws on surveillance and interception of digital communications. The country’s sole service provider, the state-owned Ethio Telecom, makes it easy for government to monitor and control citizens’ communications. Unlike Ethiopia, all the other countries in the East African region have opened up their telecommunications sector to multiple players, which has contributed to increased ICT access levels.