Internet News - In Brief


- MTN Cameroon, the country’s largest mobile operator, has announced that it has been awarded a licence to offer internet access services by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. At the same time the company confirmed its acquisition of local ISP GlobalNet is ongoing; a unified company will operate under the banner MTN Network Solutions (MTN NS). The new subsidiary, which will be 100% owned by MTN Cameroon, hopes to rollout services to ten provincial capitals before the end of 2006, a figure which it expects to have doubled by the end of the first quarter of 2007.

- A national free platform of photoblog (web photo diary) and moblog (photo messages diary from a mobile or portable device) will be launched next 5 July under the sign of "new technologies at the service of tourism promotion," according to a release of provider "Actions Technologiques." Named "generation multimedia," this initiative which is part of development and mastering of new technologies, aims at granting Algerian internet users the possibility to issue and share online and for free their albums of holidays photos, their houses or districts album as well as activities and skills of their associations through MMS (message photo) or email.

- Flag Telecom, a Reliance Infocomm company, has signed up with Oman Telecommunications Company (OmanTel) for providing an Internet transit point between West Asia and Africa.