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OA News: October 28, 2009

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  1. State-owned Broadband Infraco can now sell domestic broadband services in South Africa, further crowding a sector long owned by rivals Telkom, Vodacom and MTN:
    Infraco gets broadband green light {Business Report}
  2. Although South Africa boasts nearly the highest download speeds in all of Africa (1.71Mbps), the speeds are still below the world average of over 4Mbps. South African upload speeds ranked 5th in African nations studied, including Uganda and Kenya who may benefit from the recent Seacom cable:
    Study: ‘SA broadband below par’ {Africa News}
  3. Three Ugandan ICT officials were briefly detained when they failed to produce documents relating to a transaction:
    Top ICT officials detained over lying {New Vision Online}
  4. Independent Communications Authority of SA keeps pushing for competition:
    More bad news for SA’s big operators {Tech Central}
  5. The World Bank has allocated another $8 million USD to boost the Internet at Ugandan institutions:
    Districts Get Internet Fund {The New Vision via allAfrica}
  6. Computerize Nigeria Project (CNP) continues to provide lower cost computers in an attempt to boost the IT skill-set of Nigeria:
    Zinox Launches Phase 2 of 750,000 PC Promo {Daily Champion via allAfrica}
  7. A fiber-optic cable break cut Internet access in parts of Namibia for at least a day:
    Phones Fall Silent in Southern Region {The Namibian via allAfrica}
  8. A key US exporter calls on African governments to redouble their commitment to attract foreign investment:
    US Market Still Open To Africa {Accra Mail}
  9. The acclaimed mapping service now has a South African site (in beta stage):
    Google Maps now in SA {}
  10. Can South Africa’s regulator enforce cell operators to cut rates?:
    Interconnect rate cuts by June 2010? {}
  11. Questionnaires will be sent to 20,000 users around the country:
    Kenya to conduct ICT survey {Capital FM Kenya}