IN BRIEF:

Internet

- In South Africa, the department of communications is demanding that the international owners of Seacom, the $500 million (R3.6 billion) undersea fibreoptic cable project intended to link South Africa with Europe and Asia, sell equity to local companies before it can operate locally.

- Speaking during the Second Annual Connecting Rural Communities Africa Forum at a Nairobi hotel, Information and Communication minister, Mr Mutahi Kagwe, said that the successful bidder to construct the East Africa Marine System (Teams) project will be known by the end of next September. The bidding application process will close on September 3rd.

- According to the local paper the Daily Mirror, Cisco, was set to provide faster broadband services, free of charge, as part of efforts to curb and ameliorate the "broadband" internet connection service currently rendered by the Ethiopian telecommunication Corporation (ETC).

- With the launch of www.icareug.com people living outside Uganda will be offered online shopping and delivery to send support to their loved ones in Uganda. A range of products like airtime, gifts, pay school fees are available and will be delivered direct to recipients with physical addresses or mobile phone numbers within 24 hours of receiving the order.