Africa Mobile Web Growth 'Exploding' - Opera

Software company Opera says that Africa is poised for ‘exponential’ growth in terms of web access, as more mobile devices connect to the Internet.

The company’s software sales director, Peter Panait Løjmand, states that, "Access to the Internet is a universal right and while wired devices reach only 20 percent of the world's population, wireless connections reach 60 percent of the world's population."

Econet Launches Mobile Broadband Package

Zimbabwe has entered a new digital era when the largest mobile phone network, Econet Wireless, launched its mobile broadband package available to their estimated 4.5 million subscribers.

Econet CEO, Douglas Mboweni, says this is the most ambitious project they have undertaken since 1998 when the company was launched. Mboweni is of the view that the broadband will be pivotal in reconstructing the country's economy.

Internet Users on the Increase – ITU

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) says the number of Internet users will surpass two billion this year, approaching a third of the world population.

However, the ITU has called on the developing countries to step up access to the vital tool for economic growth.

It says of the 226 million new Internet users this year, 162 million will be from developing countries where growth rates are now higher.

Cell C Launches HSPA+ Network

Mobile operator, Cell C, has launched its HSPA+ network, controversially branded ‘4Gs’, in Port Elizabeth.

Cell C CEO, Lars Reichelt, points out that, “What is significant about Cell C’s network, is that the HSPA+ release 7 network is IP across all network elements. This is a first for Africa, and will be rolled out countrywide and not only in pockets.”

Reichelt further states that lower frequency of 900 MHz compared to 2100 MHz provides for much deeper and wider coverage with better penetration for indoor users.

Google Launches Faster Internet Search

Google has unveiled ‘Google Instant’, which gives web searchers the thrill of speed with a turbocharged engine that displays suggested web links as fast as a person can type.

Google vice-president of search products and user experience, Marissa Mayer, says that, "Google Instant actually gets queries and gives you search results as you type and streams those results to your computer."

Website to Combat Tender Corruption

Finance MEC, Mandla Mkomfe, who says that tenders will be published on a quarterly basis, says the department will publish all tenders won, and identify the companies that won them.

However, the department has not yet decided on whether or not to publish the names of the directors of companies that won bids.

"The idea behind this is to ensure there is transparency in our tender processes," explains Mkomfe.

R1bn Spent on Libraries Since 2007

The National Library says that more than R1 billion has been spent on community libraries in South Africa since 2007.

In a press statement, National Library spokesperson, Andrew Malotle, says that the money was part of a conditional grant the arts and culture department gave to public and community libraries.

Cell C to Roll Out 4G Network

Cellular operator, Cell C, has announced it will roll out a 4Gs network.

The company says the move will mean wider, deeper coverage than ever before and lightning-fast data - a true, always on connection.

It says the introduction of 4Gs will bring to an end choppy reception, dropped calls, and unlimited access to the Internet on cellphones or computers.

New Broadband Policy for South Africa

Communications Minister, Siphiwe Nyanda, has published his broadband policy, defining roles and targets to get South Africa deeper into the digital age within the next decade.

If the government achieves targets set out by the communications department, all South Africans will have a public Internet access point offering at least 256kb bandwidth within two kilometres of their homes by 2019.

Seacom to Repair Faulty Data Cable

Seacom South Africa says its data cable needs to be lifted from the ocean bed to repair the fault on the repeater.
Seacom South Africa’s head of sales, Martin Sanne, points out that the company will require robotics to cut the cable, after which it will have to be repaired on board ship, re-attached and returned to the ocean floor.

Since last week, the fault has disrupted many users’ Internet operations. Meanwhile, clients of Internet service providers relying solely on Seacom have access only to internet services across Africa.


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