IN BRIEF:

Internet

- A fibre-optic cable linking Ethiopia to Sudan has been officially launched. According to the Ethiopia Telecom Corporation (ETC), the Addis Abbaba-Metema link cost ETB118 million (USD13.2 million) and took about a year to complete.

- In Zimbabwe, the ZANU PF has blacklisted 41 online publications, including websites for American-owned Cable News Network (CNN) and the United States Embassy in Harare, which it claims have launched a cyber war to promote a regime change agenda against President Robert Mugabe's government, the Zimbabwe Independent reported.

- Worried by the increasing rate of hi-tech cyber crimes in the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has commenced registration of all cyber cafe operators in the country.

- Namibia Online Marketing Services has announced the public launch of its website www.snip.com.na. The new webpage offers for anyone to present their products and services at a price on the Internet. At the moment some 500 products are published in 18 main categories with diverse sub-categories. More than 1 200 companies are listed in the category business contacts. Currently the website is receiving an average of 45 000 hits a month.

- A new forum on Sciences and Technologies in Africa has been released few days ago. The link toward the forum is http://www.songi.org

- Algeria’s cybercafes owners have expressed worries about the future of their business as they are witnessing less and less internet users despite affordable connection prices. This situation, affecting many cybercafés of the province of Algiers.