Internet News - In Brief

- The National Information Communication and Technology Broadband backbone was switched on in 16 regions in Tanzania after the completion of the first phase of its construction. The move brings the hope of increased efficiency and reduced Internet prices in Tanzania. The backbone, which is the terrestrial continuation of the fibre optic submarine cables that landed in Dar es Salaam, recently, has already led to a 99 per cent drop in internet capacity charges.

- Belkin has announced the appointment of International Business Systems (IBS as an authorized distributor for their product lines in the Egyptian market. IBS will be working closely with Belkin to help widen its scope further across the Consumer, SMB & Enterprise markets.

- The one topic which is hard to find on the internet is African visual arts or digital arts content. A blog called African Digital Arts rose to fill in this void and provides up to the minute, diversified coverage on the topic.

- Eutelsat has renewed its partnership with Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) to support the organisation's humanitarian aid operations throughout the world.

- Expedia Inc, the world's largest online travel company has launched its operations to Rwandan hoteliers and travel operators in the country, in a function that was held in Kigali. In an interview with The New Times, Ross A Kata, the Market Manager Africa, said that Expedia has recently expanded into multiple Sub-Saharan Africa travel markets including Rwanda, where it is partnering with local tour operators to bring exposure to travellers around the world.

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