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Surging mobile internet demand straining African telecom networks

Telecom companies in the Middle East and Africa could face growing quality of service (QoS) issues in future because of a rise in internet usage fueled by more affordable smart mobile devices.

Mahmoud Samy -- area head Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan at Arbor Networks -- told the Trade Arabia publication that the Mideast and Africa could see a 31% traffic leap on consumer internet by 2017 from a 10% growth level in 2012.

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Winners of the AfricaCom awards

As IT News Africa mentions in its article,at a celebrating gala in Cape Town, the ICT, telecommunications and Media industries came together to celebrate and acknowledge some of the industry’s best achievements that have taken place across the African continent over the past 12 months.

In its 6th year, the AfricaCom Awards continues to grow in stature as the importance of the AfricaCom conference also increases. So without further ado, the winners are…….

Image courtesy of AscensionDigital / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Botswana expects cheaper internet rates and faster services

John Churu writes in Biztechafrica.com an interesting article about the developments in internet services in Botswana.

When an undersea fibre optic cable, in which Botswana has invested USD37.5 million (P281 million), goes live in the first half of May 2013, internet users in Botswana are expected to reap the proceeds of improved internet services, in the form of cheaper rates and a faster service.

The West Africa Cable System (WACS) which carries data and telephony services links Europe to 15 landing stations along the west coast of Africa, including South Africa. Since Botswana has no direct link to the sea, government partnered with Namibia to each raise USD37.5 million (P277.5 million at current rates) to "buy into" the project with other countries.

The two countries own 9.2% of the project, which will be operated on an open access policy with other stakeholders. Due to be launched in Swartkopmund, Namibia in mid-May, WACS will become the latest submarine cable system Botswana since the East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy).

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New regulator for Botswana’s communications industry

Botswana’s has set up a new regulator for the country’s communications industry.

Dubbed Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA), the regulator is expected to be operational next month and it is to replace the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) and National Broadcasting Board (NBB).

The development comes after an enactment last year of the country’s new Communications Regulatory Authority Act.

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