Internet News - In Brief


- South African ISP MWEB is planning to offer a triple-play service consisting of ADSL, IP telephony and pay-TV. The broadband component will be a 384kbps download DSL service with a 1GB per month usage allowance, which will be packaged alongside MWEB’s Broadband Talk service and MultiChoice’s DStv premium offering. According to a report in FMTech, the bundle will cost ZAR599 (USD88) per month, compared to ZAR715 for each component separately. An MWEB spokeswoman was quoted as saying that strictly speaking, the MWEB service is not actually triple-play as the signals are not all being carried down the same line, but the company has plans to introduce what it calls a ‘true triple-play’ service in the future, following the launch of MWEB’s next-generation of MultiChoice PVR decoders next year. The new devices will cater for HDTV, be ADSL-ready and able to carry voice-over-IP (VoIP) calls.

- The Minister of State for Information and Communications of Nigeria, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande, has called on African countries to use Nigeria's second Satellite Communication Project (SAT 2).

- In South Africa, Telkom Internet is undergoing a trial in which local ADSL bandwidth will be uncapped. Users of Telkom's ADSL service will still be given access to local websites upon reaching their monthly limit. MyADSL said that Telkom plans to, at a later and as yet undisclosed stage, place a reduced fee on this uncapped local bandwidth. For the time being however, the service is not being charged for.

- Nigeria’s second national operator Globacom has started the first phase of a NGN83 billion (USD700 million) country-wide fibre-optic backbone project. At present, Globacoms’s fibre network links the cities of Lagos, Abeokuta, Ibadan, Ijebuode, Ore, Benin, Abuja, Kaduna, Zaria and Kano. Upon completion of the first phase, the network will span 10,000 km, covering all the major cities in the country, including Warri, Port Harcourt, Aba, Umuahia, Owerri, Onitsha, Enugu, Oturkpo, Makurdi, Lafia, Ilorin, Jebba, Mokwa, Bida and Minna. Work on the Minna to Abuja link has now begun.