Internet News - In Brief


- The Algerian ISP Icosnet has contracted Aperto Networks to deploy a WiMAX network which will be used to provide high speed wireless internet services to business users. Deployments have already begun in northern Algeria and Icosnet plans expansions to other regions.

- Mauritius mobile operator Emtel is planning to launch a broadband service aimed at the residential market. The company which is completing the first phase of a fibre network across the island envisages to offer connections up to 8MB at Rs1,000 (US$36).

- Senegal’s public administration has launched its governmental intranet portal project which will see all major regional administrative cities (Dakar, Saint-Louis, Thiès, Louga, Kaolack and Fatick) linked via a high speed 700 km fibre cable.

- South African regulator ICASA continues to grapple with its process to assign WiMax spectrum to new players. However, operators that already have spectrum have begun unveiling their WiMax solutions. Neotel's WiMax solutions are to be deployed as last mile access in areas where the second national operator already has a fibre network. WiMax solutions will initially be available in the Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban metropolitan areas, with increased availability as Neotel continues to roll-out its fibre network, he says.