Pan-African News Website Launches Mobile Platform

Press Release

20 January 2009

Africa Interactive, the publisher of the pan-African news website, is announcing the release of their mobile news website:  This latest innovation follows an unprecedented mobile phone revolution in Africa in the past years. The mobile version of makes the company one of the few African media outlets to both source and publish content via mobile devices.

Neotel Launches NeoFlex Data

Neotel, South Africa's second network operator, has launched its first dedicated broadband offering, NeoFlex Data.

The product, styled as a "multi-user Internet solution", is aimed at small office and home users and expected to compete with Telkom's ADSL.

Head of Neotel's consumer business unit, Mukul Sharma says, "These packages are extremely cost effective and should easily cater for the internet requirements of small businesses and high-end consumers.

Survey: Digital Governance in Municipalities Worldwide

“Digital Governance in Municipalities Worldwide” presents the findings of the worldwide survey of municipal digital governance in 2007. The survey evaluates 86 large municipalities which have official websites and ranks them on a global scale based on their scores in the areas of: security, usability and content of websites, the type of online services currently being offered and citizen responses and participation through websites. The survey focuses on cities based on their population size and the total number of individuals using the Internet in the nation.

Unbounded Possibilities: Observations on Sustaining Rural ICTs in Africa

This study explores sustainable information communication technologies (ICT) and the need for wireless Internet access for development (W4D). Commissioned by APC and written by wireless expert Ian Howard, the study serves as a guide to members of the W4D community involved in African initiatives. Howard draws conclusions based on his observations of two telecentres in Tanzania with very different business models. The study is intended to inspire others to share their observations about viable sustainability models for rural telecentres.

Mobile Internet Use on the Rise in Nigeria

Mobile Internet use is growing in Nigeria while the number of people going online via personal computers is slowing. This is according to analyst firm Nielsen Online.

In its latest survey, Nielsen Online found that some 7.3 million people accessed the net via their mobile phones, during the second and third quarters of 2008.

Kent Ferguson, a senior analyst with Nielsen Online, says: "This highlights the advantage of mobile when it comes to immediacy: people often need fast, instant access to weather or sports news and mobile can obviously satisfy this."


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