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- Telkom Kenya has raised the competitive stakes in the home Internet market with a new service that allows access through existing landlines, saving users substantial money in installation costs. The Telkom Fixed Bundle priced at a most attractive and affordable cost of Sh2,000 which translates to Sh1 per minute, will enable customers make calls and browse the net from the comfort of their homes.

- The roll out of wireless broadband (WiBro) that will ensure seamless internet access around Rwanda’s capital Kigali city is heading for completion, according to a new report. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Sector Performance Report 2008-2009 that was released last month revealed that detailed design and specification for the national backbone project is complete despite some challenges in getting enough machines and experienced engineers to conduct civil works on timely basis.

- A new report that reveals how vulnerable the Internet as we know it is, has just been published by two global civil society organisations. The annual report, called Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), was released by the Association for Progressive Communications and Dutch-funder Hivos. GISWatch 2009 is entitled Access to online information and knowledge – advancing human rights and democracy. 48 country reports –ten more than last year's report- analyse the status of access to online information and knowledge in countries as diverse as the

Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt Mexico, Switzerland and Kazakhstan. The report will be launched at the Internet Goverance Forum in Egypt on Monday November 16.