Internet News - In Brief


- Rwanda’s government has finalised negotiations with undersea fibre-optic cable operator Seacom and it will deliver an STM-1 in Rwanda. The 155 Mbs capacity will be delivered to government's owned Internet Service Provider (ISP) New Artel Rwanda through Uganda Telecom's (UTL) POP. According to the deal, SEACOM will deliver extra 620 Mbps after ten working days.

- The Midwives Services Scheme (MSS) embarked upon by the Federal Government of Nigeria, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the Galaxy Backbone PLC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the provision of Internet access linking the headquarters of the NPHCDA to its six zonal offices and 160 primary health care centres in the 36 states of the federation.

- By end of September, 2009, 11 Arab countries had an electronic government portal, these are; Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia and the UAE. In a new report, the Arab Advisors Group profiled and analyzed the Arab e-Government portals and their varying degree of progress and sophistication.

- The rebranding Nigeria campaign was boosted this week with the donation of a brand new website to support the initiative. The website, which was initiated and developed by Crownsworth Resource Solutions, a legal and IT consultancy firm in Lagos, was presented to the Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili at her office in Abuja.

- Kenya is among the first beneficiaries of a project to increase internet usage courtesy of the World Wide Web investor Sir Tim Berners Lee. The World Wide Web Foundation launched in Nairobi last week will help to bridge the 'digital divide' in internet use through training opportunities for locals and technology transfer. Already, the foundation is helping create real change and some Kenyan youth have been given global positioning software handsets to map the Kibera Slum, in Nairobi.

- Following an outstanding business performance in 2009, Gateway Communications, the leading supplier of secure, reliable telecommunications services across Africa, last week claimed the prestigious award for “Best African Wholesale Offering” for the second year running. This latest accolade adds to two other industry awards collected earlier this year.

- Mobile operator, MTN Nigeria, has announced the commencement of its infrastructure upgrade that would translate into a free speed upgrade its HyConnect Internet customers. This bumper speed upgrade will be implemented on all MTN HyConnect Internet lines absolutely free.

- Newly launched Internet Service Provider DigiChilli has recently entered the South African market with aggressively priced uncapped ADSL services. The company initially launched three uncapped offerings, 256 Kbps, 512 Kbps and 1024 Kbps, priced at R500, R1000 and R3000 per month respectively.

- Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has began the trial of a 23 year-old Internet fraudster, Okoro Osagie Victor, accused of allegedly defrauding foreigners $96 607 through the Internet.

- South Africa’s ISP Internet Solutions reveal that they are doing more than 1,000,000 Gigabytes of DSL traffic per month.

- Intelsat last week announced that the Atlas V rocket provided by United Launch Alliance successfully launched the Intelsat 14 satellite (IS-14). Liftoff of the Atlas V 431 configuration booster occurred at 1:55 a.m. ET, followed by signal acquisition and spacecraft separation nearly two hours later at 3:53 a.m. ET. The satellite, built by Space Systems/Loral, will provide high-powered data services through its C- and Ku-band payload to Intelsat customers throughout Latin America, Europe and Africa. Once IS-14 is operational, it will replace Intelsat’s 1R satellite at 315º E, providing customers with capacity that has a useful life slated to last the next 16 years.