Internet News - In Brief


- The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the US National Library of Medicine have committed five million Swedish Kronor (sh1.2b) to link malaria research centres in Africa on the Internet. In Uganda, Mulago hospital has been selected for the Internet link, with other malaria research centres in Zambia, Congo Brazzaville and Nigeria to join the electronic malaria research network in the world. The project team will move to Uganda in February to do the physical assessment. Swedish Professor Bjorn Pearson is heading the team.

- Kenyan network operator Kenya Data Networks (KDN) has selected Siemens Communications to roll out a fibre-optic network in the capital Nairobi. The installation will be completed by March or April this year at which date the MAN will cover approximately 35km. Siemens is equipping the system with its Carrier Ethernet technology offering data transmission of up to 100Mbps via Fast Ethernet.

- Peribit Networks, the global vendor of bandwidth optimisation products, has announced a partnership agreement with Network Appliance, the US-based unified data storage and security solutions provider for data-intensive, enterprise-wide applications. In terms of the agreement, Peribit and Network Appliance will work together to address WAN and distributed application performance problems, and will help to identify a 'best practice' architectural approach to addressing them. Alan Rehbock, GM of the Peribit division at Source Consulting - the SA distributor of Peribit products - says "the Peribit and Network Appliance partnership will provide an architectural approach that addresses all the technology constraints in an integrated manner, and quickly delivers a return on investment.”