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- The Director, Regulatory Affairs, Zain Nigeria, Osondu Nwokoro, has called on the Federal Government to grant fiscal incentives by way of tax holidays to international submarine cable access providers (ISCA) to soften the impact of the financial investments on their cash flows. He also called for transparency in the process of securing investors for SAT3 if and when it was unbundled Nitel.

- In a move that partly affirms Rwanda's ICT developpment this year's National dialogue (Umushiyikirano) was streamed live online allowing Rwandans in the Diaspora and other foreigners interested in developments in Rwanda to follow its proceedings. The streaming which is the first of its kind, was followed closely by about 16,000 people across the globe.

- Zambian power utility Zesco has announced that it will not hand over its fibre-optic

network as part of the assets of telecommunication’s incumbent Zamtel, which is up for privatisation. Zesco has revealed that its fibre network, deployed at a cost of US$13m, will only be available to lease, and the power utility is in talks with Zamtel to be the targeted anchor customer to maximize the use of the facility.

- According to Egypt’s Communications Minister, Tarek Kamel, the country is currently preparing a USD1 billion plan aimed at boosting internet penetration fourfold in the next four years, Reuters reports. Commenting on the proposals Kamel said: ‘Most of the investments...will primarily go in local investment in increasing the local capacity.’ It is understood that such local investment will be ploughed in to a combination of wireless and wired services covering both rural and urban areas, and will follow up the country’s investment in international broadband cable systems that is expected to at least double the capacity coming into the country from the current 60Gbps. The Minister also noted that the government is targeting a broadband penetration rate of 20% by end-2013, equivalent to enabling access to connections to around four million households.

- Vizada Networks, an independent satellite communications provider, has signed an agreement through its subsidiary in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to connect to the Seacom submarine fibre optic cable which provides high-capacity bandwidth along the east coast of Africa.

- Investors in the tourism sector have now access to an online library with information and Mozambican legislation, an initiative of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank. The website is intended to improve the amount of private investment in tourism, one of the areas that the government plans to increment, and also has the support of the Mozambican Tourism Ministry. Via the website (www.tourisminvest.org/Mozambique), potential investors have access to around 200 reports, studies, diagnoses, legislation and guides to investment, documents that had already been partly provided in CD format.

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