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- MTN Rwanda has announced that its data/internet capacity will increase by 22.4% early next year when it carries out its scheduled connection to the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy). Once connected to the fibre-optic cable, it will increase its broadband capacity to 355Mbps from 200Mbps.

- The replacement work of the NIGCOMSAT has reached an advanced stage, with the major performance requirement tests already accomplished. The project is very much on course for the delivery date of last quarter of 2011.

- Ookla’s latest Net Index statistics shows which ISPs in South Africa give the best broadband speeds. According to the results from 184,442 Speedtest.net tests between 14 November 2010 and 13 December 2010, Cell C is the best service provider with an average download speed of 4.62 Mbps. Web Africa is second with 2.81 Mbps and Telkom third with 2.54 Mbps. Mybroadband.co.za has published a table with the top ISPs. To access it click here

- According to Ugandan regulator UCC, by the end of June 2010, total international bandwidth stood at 5,025 mbps compared to 3640 mbps at the end of March, an increase of more than three folds since the beginning of the year. By June 2010, Seacom remained the dominant provider accounting for more than three quarters of international bandwidth with the remaining capacity provided by TEAMS and satellite providers.

- Telkom announced that it has reached an ADSL subscriber base of 731,500, up from 699,368 in September 2010. In a press statement Telkom confirmed that it has met its self imposed target of achieving an ADSL penetration of 15 percent to 20 percent of fixed access lines by 2010/2011 – a target set in 2007 when the company had 375,198 ADSL subscribers.

- The first new African undersea cable to be commissioned in over a year will connect the Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and ultimately Africa's international fibre backbone. The Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) will span over 1 900km, offering international connectivity to the islands.

- Much revered Rwandan traditional crafts can now be obtained online after a UK-based company launched a website where clients can purchase a range of products which can then be sent to them from wherever they are around the world. The crafts are sold on the company's website here  which was launched on 11 November 2010. Crafts are posted out to customers worldwide after being purchased online.