Internet News - In Brief


- According to the Malawi Government Gazette (2964 :Vol XLV no.3 18 Jan 2008) the MAREN IGL (a university network) has been granted a licence for an international gateway until 17 Jan 2013.

- The International Telecommunication Union's regional cybersecurity forum has adopted the Doha declaration on cybersecurity.

- South Africa’s Conference Directory, incorporating Direct Access, has launched its new website at Meetings Africa 2008. The website has been designed with the industry in mind, and has all of the facilities and networking tools that Facebook has, with added extras.

- A convention on the implementation of a geographic information system (GIS), based on satellite imagery for Housing and Urbanism sector has been signed in Algiers between the ministry and the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL).

- Tunisie Telecom has signed a service agreement with the Education administration whereby the company will connect or upgrade existing internet connections to high speed broadband in 6,500 educational institutions.

- Vodacom South Africa is preparing to launch its first converged cellular/Wi-Fi product. The firm has sealed a partnership with local wireless LAN hotspot operator WirelessG which allows Vodacom customers to gain internet access via Wi-Fi hotspots. The cellco is set to introduce an integrated billing system which will allow its 3G and HSDPA customers to use a single account for cellular and Wi-Fi services. A report from MyBroadband says Vodacom mobile data customers will also be able to roam internationally on around 110,000 hotspots across the globe.

- Morocco's largest telecom operator, Maroc Telecom, has recently pleaded for cutting Internet connection tariffs to enlarge the market before seeking benefits. According to MAP, the company's chief, Abdeslam Ahizoune who was presenting the operator's results for 2007, said the 476,000 ADSL connections and 6 million Internet users are "good for the business but not for Morocco." "That's little to me. The 21.7% growth is quite much for the business, but little for Morocco," Ahizoune said, adding that reducing Internet tariffs requires the approval of the authorities overseeing competitiveness and an agreement between the operators working in Morocco. These include. Maroc Telecom, Medi Telecom and Wana.