Internet – In Brief


- Maroc Telecom subscribers have reportedly complained about not being able to access voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) applications, namely Viber, for the last two weeks, prompting speculation that the operator has blocked free VoIP operations yet again.

- South Africa’s First National Bank (FNB) is reportedly planning to launch mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services. According to MyBroadband, industry sources familiar with the matter have described FNB’s MVNO aspirations as an ‘open secret’, with the service expected to piggyback on Cell C’s network. Virginia Magapatona, FNB’s head of corporate communications, confirmed that ‘discussions’ were underway with South Africa’s mobile operators, although the executive noted that the company ‘will be in a position to formally announce any new services once launched’. Magapatona noted that FNB has the necessary licences to enter the market as a telecoms provider and already has the capabilities to provide voice and data services.

- Zuku, Kenya’s largest broadband operator by subscribers, has initiated a KES220 million (USD2.5 million) network upgrade, as it looks to offer improved download speeds and reduced downtime for customers. According to IT Web Africa, the upgrade is expected to be complete by the end of October, with Nairobi-based customers likely to experience speeds of up to 50Mbps. The infrastructure utilised by Zuku will be a combination of hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) cable and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology.