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No Cheaper Broadband for SA Now

South African consumers and businesses should not expect broadband prices to fall dramatically overnight when the Seacom cable goes live in a few weeks from now. This is according to Steve Briggs, Head of Commercial at iBurst.

Briggs says that the 1.28 Tbps East African undersea fibre-optic cable system promises some relief from high international bandwidth prices over the medium-to-long term.

Cheaper Internet Access for SA

The SEACOM cable landed quietly in Mtunzini on the Zululand coast in March and is on track to go live on June 27. This is according to SEACOM CEO Brian Herlihy.

According to Herlihy, much progress has been made in the groundbreaking US$650 million project. "With the system substantially completed and testing already under way, we are one step closer to delivering on our commitment," says Herlihy.

SEACOM is set to become the first project to provide eastern and southern Africa with equal and open access to inexpensive bandwidth.

Open Mobile Consortium launches with open source mobile tools for change

New York, NY – May 26, 2009 – The Open Mobile Consortium today launched its global development community to help organizations working towards social good to better collaborate and share mobile phone-based technologies. The OMC’s open source software tools help organizations to better serve the health, humanitarian and development needs of the “bottom billion,” the poorest and most disenfranchised citizens of the world.

Dramatic Increase in Broadband – Goldstuck

The economy might be down but there are still plenty of opportunities on the Internet and in cellular communication for entrepreneurs. This is according to Arthur Goldstuck, director of World Wide Worx.

Goldstuck says that the laying of several new undersea cables and the recent landing of Seacom’s cable in Mtinzini in KwaZulu-Natal will see a dramatic increase in broadband capacity.

Android-Based Phones for South Africa

Vodacom has launched the HTC Magic Android-based phone just a few days after MTN announced it will be providing the HTC Dream which also runs the Google operating system.

Android is developed by Google and is maintained by the Open Handset Alliance and as an operating system; it is available to third-party handset vendors. So far, only HTC has Android-based phones available.

MXit Launches Instant Messaging Book

Social networking platform, MXit, has launched Africa's first instant messaging book in what it says is a bid to encourage literacy and a love of reading among youth.

The company says that the book, which can be downloaded on its network for just R13.50, will cost a fraction of what readers would pay in "traditional" bookstores.

Microsoft Tests Windows 7

A nearly-final version of Windows 7 made its world debut, giving people a chance to tell Microsoft what they love or hate about the new-generation operating system.

Microsoft is making a Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) available as the global software giant puts finishing touches on an operating system that it hopes will escape criticism heaped on its predecessor Vista.

Google Book Deadline Extended

A United States judge has extended for four months the deadline for authors to opt out of a settlement related to a lawsuit over Google's plan to build the world's largest digital library.

The original deadline is 5 May 2009, but Judge Denny Chin has ruled that authors and their heirs or publishers have until 4 September 2009 to decide whether they want their works to be included in the settlement.

Call for National Broadband Strategy for SA

The South African National Broadband Forum is calling for affordable broadband access to the Internet for all South Africans. 

The forum, which is an initiative of four organisations including SANGONeT, developed a draft framework with input from multiple stakeholders at a workshop held on 24 March 2009 in Johannesburg. The framework will be presented to the new government elected on 22 April 2009 with a proposal that it be used as a basis for building consensus between all stakeholders on a comprehensive national broadband strategy for South Africa.

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