Devices to Enable Internet Access Via TV

MTN and Vodacom have launched two competing devices that are aimed at bringing affordable Internet access to consumers, while at the same time growing their data revenues.
General consumer of marketing at MTN, Mapula Bodibe, points out that, “Through the launch of our InternetOnTV device, we aim to increase Internet penetration among previously disadvantaged and unconnected communities in South Africa."

Satellite to Boost Internet Connectivity in Africa

The R250 million satellite designed for the African market will be launched on 29 March 2011 with promises of providing more bandwidth to the continent.

The satellite, New Dawn, which is partly owned by former Department of Communications director-general, Andile Ngcaba’s Convergence Partners, will sit 36 000 kilometers above Africa and will deliver telephony, broadband Internet access and media content to most of the continent for at least 15 years.

New Broadband Network for SA

Cell C, Internet Solutions and Convergence Partners are developing a new broadband network that will provide world-class broadband connectivity, according to FibreCo Telecommunications.

In a press statement, spokesperson, Suzanne Jefferies, states that the network will be an open-access long-haul terrestrial fibre optic broadband network, which would help with the national transmission infrastructure.

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.

Broadband Infraco’s Financial Sustainability Threatened

Broadband Infraco, the company mandated to provide long-distance and international fibre-optic network, has warned that significant reduction in wholesale bandwidth prices as capacity grew could well jeopardise the financial sustainability of government parastatal.

In its annual report to Parliament last week, Broadband Infraco chairperson, Andrew Mthembu and CEO David Smith, said that wholesale bandwidth prices had come down by a substantial 73 percent during the 2009-10 financial period.

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.

Uncapped Wireless Broadband Services for SA

Internet services provider, MWeb, has announced that it has launched uncapped wireless broadband services.

The company says it has rolled out a next-generation WiMAX network and is ready to provide customers 4Mbps uncapped connections without the need for ADSL lines.

In a press statement, it says it has already built base stations covering Sandton, Boksburg, Isando (Kempton Park) and Midrand in Johannesburg, along with N1 City and the Cape Town CBD in Cape Town.

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.


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