Internet News - In Brief


- Algerian company EEPAD has launched "Assila box" telephony via Internet. EEPAD's first official told a news conference held in Algiers that with this "new product, Algerian double play, will be available within two weeks" as "the first stage is devoted to install it throughout the country's provinces with intend to reach 40 provinces late 2006."

- The Federal Government of Nigeria has set up a company to integrate its existing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into a national backbone. The Petroleum Development Trust Fund (PTDF) has been mandated to provide about N2 billion ($15 million) to finance the phase one of the company's activities. It will also provide another N25 million towards Galaxy Backbone's incorporation. The proposed national backbone will provide harmonisation and aggregation of bandwidth purchase by the Federal Government for effective planning, monitoring and cost control in line with the economic reforms.

- South African wireless broadband provider, iBurst, says that it has reached the 20,000 customer milestone, growing its subscriber base by 122% in just five months. iBurst coverage is also growing, with a 110% increase in base stations over the same period, the company says. In another announcement this week DataPro has announced that it will offer a “local-only” ADSL solution to the SA market. This offering enables users to use local traffic only, which will dramatically reduce bandwidth costs and optimise online spend. The solution will be priced initially at around R30 per GB, which is less than half the price of current full access offerings.

- MTN Uganda has extended its fibre-optic network to the Mbarara and Bugiri districts of the country. The deployment started in 2000 in Kampala. Further expansion plans will include the northern part of the country.