Internet News - In Brief


- Mali’s incumbent fixed line operator Société des Télécommunications du Mali (SOTELMA) has launched its first ADSL services in conjunction with Huawei Technologies, the company said in a statement. The service is initially available in the capital Bamako, Kayes, Ségou and Sikasso, but will be rolled out across SOTELMA’s entire network in phases. The telco has launched four tariffs, including a residential connection at download speeds of 128kbps for CFA1,000 (USD1.92) a day, or around USD58 a month, as well as 256kbps, 512kbps and 1Mbps connections targeted at business clients. All packages include a free modem plus e-mail accounts.

- As part of Telecom Namibia rollout programme to boost ICT in the country (Strategic Blueprint for an IP-Enabled Namibia for 2006-2010), ADSL will be launched within the next three months. By mid-next year, most places in Namibia would have broadband wireless access to the Internet.

- Intelsat and Telenor Satellite Broadcasting AS (TSBc) have announced that they have entered into an agreement to interconnect the two companies' fiber networks in London, providing customers of both Intelsat and Telenor with expanded, seamless access to new regions and services through each provider. This will mean their African customers will also be able to interconnect.

- Ghanaian ISP and provider of the service, Network Computer Systems (NCS), and NetSAT, a Ghanaian infrastructure and data services provider, have joined forces with SA-based wireless network solutions provider, RapidCloud Technology, to deploy West Africa's first WiMAX Forum Certified WiMAX network built on Redline Communications' WiMAX Forum Certified RedMAX systems.

- A Gambia ISP, Macoumba Group, has expressed interest in building an IXP in Gambia. They are looking for a sponsorship to pay for the technical training that would be provided via AfrISPA.