Southern African Internet Governance Forum - Call for Expression of Interest

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) and Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) will convene a Southern African Internet Governance Forum (SAIGF) from 1-3 September 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Vodacom Slashes Broadband Prices

Mobile operator, Vodacom, has slashed its broadband standard data prices by up to 43 percent, a move that will see customers pay as little as 14c a megabyte.

Vodacom CEO, Pieter Uys, points out that, "We hope these price reductions will contribute to making the internet more affordable and give our customers an enhanced connected experience."

The company further says that in addition to the savings, all existing and new Vodacom contract customers will be given another allocation of the same size as the subscribed data bundle to use anytime between midnight and 5am.

New Broadband Packages for Cell C

Cell C is introducing new 10 gigabytes and 20 gigabytes broadband packages at rates as low as 3c/megabyte as South Africa’s broadband price war gathers in intensity.

From 1 August, the company will introduce a 10GB/month package, including a 7.2Mbit/s MyZone router or 21.6Mbit/s USB modem, for R499/month on contract for 12 months or R4 999 once-off on prepaid.

The new products come just weeks after 8ta, Telkom’s mobile operator, introduced a special offer of 10 gigabytes of data for R199/month, excluding modem.

Undersea Cable to Connect Zimbabwe

SEACOM, a company running a high-speed Internet cable along Africa's east coast, says that it has reached a deal with Mozambique to provide a new link to landlocked Zimbabwe.

In a press statement, SEACOM says that under the agreement, the parastatal Telecomunicacoes de Mocambique (TDM) will allow its fibre-optic network to be used to link Zimbabweans to the 13 700-kilometre cable running along the coast.

ICANN Approves New Web Suffixes

A global body that charts the course of the Internet, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has voted to allow the creation of new website domain suffixes by private companies, enabling major firms to replace “.com” with their own brand.

The ICANN voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposal at a meeting in Singapore despite fears that opening up new suffixes could cause some confusion.

Cisco: Internet Traffic to Quadruple by 2015

Global online traffic will quadruple by 2015 as the number of gadgets linked to the internet climbs to 15 billion, according to a forecast by networking colossus Cisco.

Cisco's fifth annual Visual Networking Index Forecast, predicts that nearly three billion people, more than 40 percent of the expected world population, will be using the Internet by the year 2015.

Sarkozy Calls for Global Rules for Internet

French President, Nicolas Sarkozy urged Internet leaders gathered in Paris to work with governments and share fairly the benefits of a revolution he compared to the discoveries of Christopher Columbus, Galileo and Isaac Newton.
Opening a forum at which Google’s Eric Schmidt and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg were among the speakers, Sarkozy praised an industry that has democratised information and helped to enable the revolutions of the Arab spring.

Vodacom Launches High Speed Network

Mobile operator, Vodacom, has unveiled its new double-speed 43.2Mbps network in South Africa.
Vodacom’s executive head of media relations, Richard Boorman, points out that this is something that the company has been working on for a while and it is double the speed of what Cell C called 4G.
Boorman states that more than 1 000 base stations in metropolitan areas across the country have been enabled with this new SuperMobile technology, and this will increase to 2 000 base stations during May.

Internet Freedom Declining as Use Grows – Report

Hacked and deleted blogs, facing criminal charges for sending an e-mail complaining about service delivery and discovering that Facebook has been shut, etc, are among the restrictions on Internet freedom that users around the world have encountered in the last two years.

According to Sanja Kelly, managing editor, and Sarah Cook, assistant editor, at Freedom House, a Washington-based NGO, “ more people use the Internet to freely communicate and obtain information, governments have ratcheted up efforts to control it.”


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