Internet News - In Brief


- The East Africa Submarine Cable System is set to land in Mtunzini, on the north coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal this weekend. This will be the only landing of the EASSy cable in South Africa and heralds the start of the final stage of the long process of planning, financing, designing and building this important African East Coast consortium cable system.

- According to a report on Internet connectivity worldwide, published by Akamai, a US company specializing in managing Internet, the best connection in Africa can be found in Morocco, with a connection speed of 3251 kilobits per second (Kbps). The report, compiled during the 3rd quarter of 2009, also states that the UK is the country with the fastest connection to Africa. Rabat (3251kbps), Tunis (2211 Kbps) and Casablanca (2030 Kbps) top the lists of the cities with the best connections on the African continent. Regarding Internet penetration, Rabat leads with 26%, succeeded by Casablanca (7.3%), while Midrand in South Africa comes third. In terms of average speed connections from 2Mbps upward, Morocco’s Rabat also leads with 61%. Tunis rated 48% and Casablanca 33%.

- Internet connection speeds, which currently do not exceed 2 megabytes (MB), will reach 20 MB "from the end of next April" for 100,000 connections in the province of Constantine (431 km east of Algiers), the local Director of Algeria's telecommunications company "Algerie-Telecom" announced on Sunday. This "qualitative leap," said Mohamed Ouadi, is made possible through New Generation Network (NGN) equipment with a capacity of 100,000 connections granted to this eastern province in keeping with the renewal of the company's national network to achieve the "e-Algeria 2013" project.

- The Central Bank of Nigeria, the country’s banking regulator, military institutions and scores of other government agencies have missed a 2009 year-end deadline to migrate their websites onto Nigeria’s n.g, the nation’s virtual equivalent of country border on the global Internet. The Federal Government last year issued a December 31, 2009 deadline to all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) under government to comply with the directive, citing issues of national identity and security concerns.