In Brief:Cuba increases number of public Wi-Fi hotspots 

State-owned telecoms operator Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) has added a further 135 new locations to the island’s Wi-Fi network so far this year, increasing the total number of public wireless hotspots to 200, including 29 in Havana. The ETECSA’s Director of Communication said that an average of 250,000 connections are recorded daily at the Wi-Fi points, which were first introduced last year. In addition to the 200 public Wi-Fi zones, Cuban citizens are able to access the internet at 193 ETECSA outlets (‘salas de navegacion’), as well as at 613 third party locations, such as hotels and airports.

***The Botswana’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) has said that the country has no plans to restrict the use of internet calling services to protect revenues at state-backed fixed line operator Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL). The Deputy Permanent Secretary for ICT at the Ministry as saying: ‘Any attempts to protect traditional voice calling technology would be counterproductive as it would be going against market demands. As a free market economy, Botswana believes that the best approach is to allow market forces to influence the type of services it requires.’ Internet-based applications, content and services are embraced in advanced ICT markets in North America, Europe and Asia, and that Botswana does not want to follow the lead of African countries such as Zimbabwe, Gambia and Ethiopia by restricting the use of VoIP applications such as Skype.

***By 2020, 21 billion of Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be in use worldwide. Of these, close to 6 percent will be in use for industrial IoT applications. However, IT organizations have issues identifying these devices and characterising them as part of current network access policy. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders must therefore update their network access policy to seamlessly address the onslaught of IoT devices .

***Italian utility group Enel has created a new business unit to cover international internet connectivity, to complement its domestic operation, Enel Open Fiber (EOF), which was established earlier this year to deploy ultra-broadband networks which can be leased to telecoms service providers. Its new ‘Global Fiber Optic Infrastructures’ division has been created ‘to devise strategies and implement business models for the Group’s global development of fibre-optic infrastructure’...

***Greek incumbent operator OTE has negotiated loans worth €389 million to help fund its €1.3 billion investment in next generation access (NGA) over the next four years. Most of the loan comes via a syndicated facility arranged by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) but €50 million is from a parallel bilateral loan from the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB).
"For the next four years, we are implementing an ambitious €1.3 billion investment plan. Our country needs networks and telecommunications of high standards to return to a growth track," said OTE’s chairman and CEO, Michael Tsamaz.