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- Rwanda's leading telecom company by market share, MTN, has said that the company has deployed a technology called Aradial Authentication, Authorization, Accounting (AAA) that will provide wireless services in Kigali. MTN's Senior Marketing Executive, Yvonne Makolo, revealed that the operator has rolled out Wi-Fi services in Kigali but have not yet commercially launched but is still doing the final tests. "This will allow our customers to access wireless internet services using Wi-Fi enabled cellular phones and computers in most areas of Kigali," Makolo added.

- The long-anticipated Joburg Broadband Network Project will begin with the laying of 900km of fibre that will bring connectivity to “all citizens of Johannesburg”. The company that will manage the network, BWired, was unveiled in Soweto. Speaking at the event, City of Johannesburg's (COJ) councillor Oupa Monareng said getting the project off the ground has been five years in the making, and will be used to develop the COJ into a world-class digital city.

- The maker of eco-friendly shoes in Ethiopia – SoleRebels – has launched a new website to promote its stunning sustainable footwear worldwide. SoleRebels can be purchased directly on their website http://solerebelsfootwear.weebly.com/-

products.html or other online stores such as Amazon (US), Endless, Veganline, etc. SoleRebels will also go on sale online in the UK and Japan on Amazon’s new footwear website www.javari.co.uk from next month (February).

- The Arab Electronic Media Committee met Monday at the Arab League's headquarters in Cairo to examine the technical studies of an Arab media website. The meeting is part of the preparation of the 85th ordinary session of the Arab Media Commission, scheduled for 19 January, said Mohamed Khamlichi, Assistant Secretary General for Media and Communication at the Arab League. It will be followed by a meeting of the permanent panel of Arab media experts in charge of following up "the role of Arab media in the fight against terrorism," he added.

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