Internet News - In Brief


- Three companies have applied to the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) seeking licenses to provide public data communications network and value added services. CCK Director-General, Sammy Kirui, said the applicants for public data communications network provision are Pegrume Limited and Sopanet Limited while Cellulant Kenya Limited wants to provide value-added services.

- Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. And Telkom SA Ltd. Have teamed up to launch Telkom’s satellite broadband service, based on Gilat’s Skystar 360E VSAT platform.This offering launched as Spacestream Express will offer always available Internet connectivity and data connectivity for enterprise customers anywhere in South Africa at data rates ranging from 64kbps download and 16kbps upload to the top end of 512 kbps download and 128kbps upload.

- Nigerian ISPs may have begun exploring options to sustain their operations as the December 31 deadline handed to them by the Nigerian Communications Commission to quit the ISM, band draws near.However, president of Internet Service Providers Association of Nigeria, Sunny Imudia, is optimistic that the NCC would rescind its decision on the quit order. He nevertheless maintained that there are options, though more costly, which the ISPs could explore, should the commission stand its ground.