Internet News - In Brief


- Uganda Telecom and Rwandatel have purchased up to 620 Mega bytes per second of capacity on the Seacom fibre optic cable and secured links from the landing point on the Kenyan coast through to Kampala and Kigali. The partnership between Seacom, UTL and RTL now extends international connectivity from the undersea cable throughout East Africa.

- Globacom, the sixth company licensed to provide mobile telephony in Ghana has began digging the ground in Ghana to lay underground cables for its broadband service. Workmen have been seen digging trenches in parts of Accra and laying the cables which will connect to Globacom’s Glo-1 Submarine cable linking Europe to Ghana and Nigeria.

- According to Keith Nilsson, senior vice president of international emerging markets at Yahoo! Arabic versions of services such as Yahoo!'s messenger, search engine, front page and Yahoo! mail, will be activated in early 2010.

- An Arab ministerial commission will examine by next September the necessary steps for the implementation of the creation of Arab satellite system for Earth Observation, prevention of catastrophes and the fight against climate change.

- Kenya Data Networks (KDN), an Altech subsidiary, has laid an estimated 1500kms of fibre backbone from the Kenyan city of Mombasa to Kampala in Uganda. Further plans include laying an additional 400 km of underground cable from Kampala to Kigali, Rwanda, totaling 6000 km of cable for the project.