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- A high-profile Microsoft deal to provide thousands of free computers to Namibian schools by 2004 is an attempt to marginalise Schoolnet Namibia, claims Director Joris Komen. Schoolnet, a local non-profit organisation, is active in the same field and provides Internet access, hardware and training to more than 180 schools across the country.

- MTN SA has developed a traffic monitoring service for major highway interchanges, enabling road users to avoid daily traffic jams and accidents. The service, called MTN Traffic Cam, is currently available in Gauteng, and will be rolled-out nationwide next year.
The MTN Traffic Cam works through cameras placed on MTN radio masts at various interchanges, giving motorists live feeds over MultiMedia Messaging Service (MMS) technology.