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- Vodafone Ghana has decided to establish a 45-megabite high speed internet link at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in Kumasi. The facility is to help improve Information and Communalisation Technology (ICT) connectivity and enhance research work, teaching and learning, especially the distance education, tele-medicine and video conferencing.

- As part of its determination to provide effective, reliable and fast broadband internet services to more Nigerians, leading telecommunications company, Starcomms Plc, has launched its award winning iZAP broadband data services in Abeokuta, Ilorin, Kaduna and Zaria.

- In a sudden twist of events, the parliamentary committee on information and communication technology (ICT) of Uganda has given the Chinese firm, Huawei Technologies, a green light to complete the laying of the controversial data transmission cable. This change of heart comes hardly a month after the ICT watchdog, the National Information and Technology Authority (NITA), directed that the project is halted following local and international expert opinion that Huawei was laying the wrong cable.

- India's Tata Communications and Infinity Africa of Tanzania have partnered to expand an Internet protocol network in East Africa. Infinity Africa managing director Hussein Dharsee said the partnership would lead to the provision of reliable high speed Internet access to the increasing number of customers. Tata Communications in East Africa provides a resilient and diverse backbone with connectivity between Kenya and Tanzania to South Africa.

- After it emerged that 85% of parliamentarians in South Africa are computer- and Web-illiterate, GetSmarter and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have offered complimentary Internet training for parliamentarians, worth R110 000. Speaking at a parliamentary budget vote debate, parliamentary house chairman Obed Bapela ordered parliamentarians to improve their IT skills, since they fail to make use of the laptops issued to them.