IN BRIEF:

Internet

- Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT-1, Engineer Ahmed T. Rufai has announced the commencement of commercial activities. The company has received enormous expressions of interest for the purchase of bandwidth on the C-band, Ku-band and L- bands respectively.

- TDM, the publicly-owned telecommunications company in Mozambique has opened the latest section of the country's fibre- optic network which links the port city of Beira to Quelimane. Work on the national fibre-optic network began in February 2006, and is due to be concluded by 2008. The German company Siemens is installing the cables, and the operation has cost TDM over US$8.5 million.

- Tunisian internet users will soon enjoy cheaper internet access as President Ben Ali has urged the ATI (Agence Tunisienne de l’Internet) to reduce the prices at which it wholesales bandwidth to ISPs

- Dakar in Senegal will host the headquarters of the African Network of Digital Cities with the support of the European Network of Digital Cities.