Internet – In brief
Mozambican telecoms regulator INCM has revealed plans to investigate the use of so-called ‘white space’ spectrum for rural broadband use. According to a statement from the watchdog, the pilot project – named TV-White Spaces (TVWS) – will be carried out in association with local broadband provider Internet Solutions (IS) alongside the Fundo do Servico de Acesso Universal (FSAU), the International Centre of Theoretical Physicas (ICTP) and the Centro de Informatica da Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (CIUEM). The tests will take place in Boane, a municipality situated in the Maputo province, and utilise unused spectrum in the 470MHz to 790MHz range.
TE Data, the internet service provider (ISP) unit of fixed line incumbent Telecom Egypt, has updated its tariff structures, while making 1Mbps its new entry-level speed, having done away with 256kbps and 512kbps plans. According to Ahram Online, customers looking to sign up for the plan offering a 1Mbps download speed and 10GB data allowance will be charged EGP50 (USD6.5) per month, with this charge being notably lower than the EGP90 TE Data had previously charged for a 512kbps connection. Meanwhile, the operator’s new top-end plan will provide downlink rates of 8Mbps and a 300GB data cap.
Afrihost is in talks with alternative providers of wholesale data because MTN is not prepared to continue providing data to the Internet service provider, which it bought in 2014, at below cost. Afrihost is testing services from alternative providers with some of its clients as it fights to stay competitive in a fiercely contested service provider market.