Internet News - In Brief


- Neotel in partnership with Infraco is expanding connectivity into the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Fibre rollout into these countries started last year with Lesotho being the first network completed. “We have now also completed Namibia and will complete Botswana and Mozambique in the next couple of weeks,” Imran Abbas, executive head of Neotel’s Business Support Services (NBSS) says.

- Electrogaz, Rwanda’s water and electricity utility has announced that it will deploy optic fibre cables along the electricity transmission and distribution lines to link all the power plants, substations and Electrogaz's town offices, to the national control Centre. The system will also form part of Rwanda's national fibre backbone. The Netherlands government through a grant of Euros 24,644,553 (Rwf20 billion) has supported this initiative while a balance of 12,795,276 Euros (Rwf10.3 billion) is Netherland's bank loan facility to the Government of Rwanda.

- Naspers’ recently launched, an Afrikaans version of South Africa’s most popular website,

- A new study published by the research group Open Net Initiative on Internet content controls in the Middle East and North Africa claims web censorship, both in scope and in depth, is increasing in the majority of countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. Fourteen out of the eighteen countries surveyed in the study censor Internet content using technological means.

- Zain Zambia will install an optic fibre network in Lusaka, Livingstone and the Copperbelt aimed at reducing operational costs, managing director, David Holliday has said. Holliday said the micro-link connection currently in use was expensive compared to an optic fibre network which has the additional advantage of reliability. “When we put up an optic fibre in these places, we are investing in the future because the optic fibre is a much cheaper, safer and reliable form of network,” he said.