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- Standard Bank’s aggressive marketing of its online banking services seems to be paying off, with the value of transactions surging by 164% to R11 billion last year. The bank says that growth in online applications for the bank’s products and services was up 120% and on average 126 000 unique users visited the site every month, representing an almost 40% growth from the previous year. The site served up just over 27 million page impressions.

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- Three Regional Communication organizations in Africa have signed an agreement to link up the African Postal Space through satellite communication in order to usher in electronic postal services. The Regional African Satellite Communication Organization (RAPCOM), the Pan-African Postal Union (PAPU) and the African Telecommunication Union (ATU) on Saturday, January 16, 2004 jointly signed the agreement in Addis Ababa at a ceremony chaired by Prof. Alpha Oumar Konaré, the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union.The Secretary General of the Pan-African Postal Union (PAPU), Mr. Jilani BEN Haddada, disclosed that the African Satellite project will be launched in 2006 to link up 30,000 post offices within the African continent.