* Maande Manyatshe, the Managing Director of South African mobile operator MTN, said yesterday that he did not expect 3G services to take off in South Africa in the future, claiming that the key driver of the country’s mobile market would continue to be voice services. He added that MTN “believes that the main driver for 3G services is not customer demand but operators forcing technology onto the people”. Despite these statements, MTN still plans to launch a 3G network; it will target the corporate sector, which it believes to have the most potential for the technology.
* The international governing structure of the internet had to be made more inclusive to allow for greater participation by underdeveloped and developing countries, Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri says.
The club of digital "haves" had to include the "have nots" and other marginalised groups, MatsepeCasaburri said last week when she opened the annual conference of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), which is being attended by about 650 delegates from all over the world.
South Africa has been highly critical of the way Icann an international nonprofit body which allocates internet addresses is organised. It believes Icann is biased towards the developed world and has an obligation to transform itself to give developing countries a greater voice. "We believe that legitimate governments as the true representatives of their country should have an increased voice in the governance of the internet," she said.
"Existing internet governance structures were established by and skewed in favour of those who first implemented these technologies," Matsepe-Casaburri said.
"This has had the consequence of potentially disadvantaging those who are only now accessing these technologies, particularly those who do not yet have access. We must allow newcomers to enter in the same way as the more established users."
* On the move: Taelo Khabele, formerly Chief Executive of the Lesotho Communications Authority is now Managing Director of BTL Communications. It will start operations soon and is currently testing its two new earth stations....Veritas Software has announced the resignation of its SA country manager, Dave Reddy, who has left the organisation after two and a half years.
Veritas refused to elaborate on Reddy’s reasons for leaving, or to specify when he would be replaced. The local office is currently being run by Nick Wonfor.