Internet News - In Brief


- South Africa's Sumbandila Satellite finally blasted off into space at the speed of lightning into the earth's orbit on 17th September. The blast-off was accompanied by rousing applause and delight by keen South Africans who had traveled to Baikonur, Kazakhstan to witness the event.

- Nigeria’s CDMA operator, Multi-Links Telkom has launched its data services in Lagos metropolis. The service has been deployed in places such areas like Victoria Island, Apapa, Festac, Surulere, Ikeja, Ogba, and Ilupeju.

- Zimbabwe’s Government is working towards improving Information Communication Technology to enhance the country's visibility on the global map.

ICT Minister Nelson Chamisa, at a pre-launch of "this is", a campaign programme meant to market Nyanga as a preferable tourist destination, said lack of visibility was affecting meaningful inflows of tourists into the country. "We need to make sure Zimbabwe is connected and we are dealing with these issues," said Minister Chamisa.

- Vizada Networks, an independent satellite communications provider, and VT iDirect, a company of VT Systems Inc last week announced that Vizada Networks has purchased an iDirect Series 15000 Universal Satellite Hub. Vizada plans to launch a next-generation broadband IP service that will provide affordable Internet access across Africa and the Middle East, as well as support Vizada Networks’ corporate customers operating in these regions.

- Mauritius Telecom , which has already connected to the South Africa Far East fibre-optic cable system to increase its international connectivity, has revealed its intention to lay a second cable, the company’s chief executive officer Sarat Lallah said last Friday. The investment for the Lower Indian Ocean Network (LION) fibre-optic cable is being supported by a consortium made up of Orange Madagascar, MT and France Telecom, Lallah said. It is anticipated that the cable will become operational by 2010.