Internet News - In Brief


- Smart new buses fitted out with computers and a satellite dish are taking the internet into SA’s most rural regions. The pioneering scheme has so far seen three pilot buses parking at schools and community centres so residents in remote areas can go online for the first time in their lives. Now Communications department director-general Andile Ngcaba is pushing for a whole fleet to be created so every province can have at least one internet bus.

- French satellite provider Geolink has connected a two cyber-kiosks in Burkina Faso in a project funded by the UN: one in Ougadougou and the other in Dinare. There is also another cyber-kiosk in St Louis in Senegal that is connected. The link is DVB-RCS (Digital Video Broadcast-Return Channel by Satellite) a 2 mbps downlink and a 128k uplink.

- Kenyan company SimbaNet has launched a prepaid Internet card in the market to enable Kenyans access the technology at an affordable price. The card is selling at a recommended retail price of Sh9,999.