Having decided to let the blog die a slow death I haven’t posted in a long time.

A recent email from Afrihost regarding their being bought out by MTN has lured me out of writers hibernation.

Dear Afrihost, I am cancelling my Internet subscription with you, and as per my agreement with you I will keep to the months notice. After writing this I will be calling your call center to formalize my cancellation, I will be looking for another ISP right now.

I am saddened by this, I really enjoy your services and your pricing. There is a reason why you have been voted the no1 ISP in South Africa so many times by MyBroadband readers.

I really believe in what you are doing, or rather I believed, until now.

I cannot support you when you are partnering with MTN. I am sure you are aware of MTN’s tenuous international human rights record. News reports of MTN allowing the government of Iran to spy on their citizens, or the government of Syria to switch off coverage in cities under government attack are rife.

Yes MTN has forced Nazir Patel to resign amid a bribery scandal, but the use of technology by Irancell (which is 49% owned by MTN) to locate protestors is where the real worry lies.

MTN has denied these allegations, but there has been smoke around these stories as recently as yesterday about MTN being involved in a spying allegation. The latest involves the US and Afghanistan.

More on that here.

So, in summation, I will be cancelling my Afrihost service because I cannot condone what your new owners have done. I would hope that you would reconsider, but that is a faint hope at best.

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