Internet News - In Brief

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- The much awaited East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) has finally landed at Msasani Peninsula shoreline in Tanzania. Zantel and TTCL which are investors of the EASSy project in Tanzania and will be responsible for selling and distributing capacity to other network operators and internet service providers.

- "Tunisiaoilonline", a new portal dedicated to Tunisian oil and gas was recently launched in Tunis. The new website offers professionals, stakeholders and visitors, several services such as "targeted ads", "environments" and "listings of Tunisian and global companies" in the sector.

- In keeping with international trends, Zimbabwe’s newspaper, The Standard has embraced social media as a means to reach its legion of readers online. The Standard now has a Facebook fan page on which readers can engage in open discussions on topical issues as well as providing links to our best stories.

- Myscoop (http://myscoop.co.za/) is a South African blog aggregator. A visit to their homepage gives you access to links of blogs in the region either by topic e.g technology, business or you can use the top navigation bar to traverse and find the blog which writes about your chosen category. Another functionality available at Myscoop is the ability to view their blogosphere statistics. These are charts and figures of the South African blogosphere, with access to the summarized content of the listed blogs.

- There has been significant improvement in the communication sector with growth being registered in key areas in Ghana. Statistics collated this year reveal that, total phone subscriptions went up from 11,570,430 in 2008 to `15,318,225 while internet users climbed from as low as 45,000 last year to 2,500,000 this year.This was made known by the Minister of Communication, Haruna Iddrisu when he took his turn at the Meet-the-Press series in Accra to touch on issues to do with the Ministry.