Internet News - In Brief


A large campaign entitled « I Love Tunisia » was launched by the Ministry of Trade and Tourism. The aim of the new campaigning logo « I Love Tunisia » is to create a mass buzz on the Internet through the use of social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

The Intelsat New Dawn satellite is scheduled to be launched on 29 March 2011 from Arianespace’s launch site in Kourou, French Guiana. Intelsat New Dawn is the first ever African private sector communications satellite. The New Dawn satellite and its 28 C-band and 24 Ku-band 36 MHz transponder units are designed specifically to supply critical communications infrastructure for African customers. Operating from a geostationary orbital slot at 32.8 degrees East, Intelsat New Dawn will be ideally positioned to serve Africa through a payload optimized to deliver wireless backhaul, broadband and media content - the fastest growing satellite-based applications in Africa.

The African Virtual University (AVU) launched the interactive Open Education Resources portal OER@AVU in January this year. The portal can be accessed at and contains quality resources developed together with twelve universities in ten African countries. The resources are released under the Creative Commons open licence. Through the portal, AVU will enable academics throughout the African Continent and beyond to share, distribute and disseminate their resources globally and thus contribute towards Africa's economic development through education.

SkyVision Global Networks Ltd, a leading global provider of IP connectivity over satellite and fiber optic systems, has announced the launch of their new services targeted at the Corporate and Enterprise market in Nigeria. To meet the ever increasing demand by corporate and enterprise customers in Nigeria, SkyVision established a POP and Teleport in Lagos via submarine cables and powerful satellites to improve their connectivity, globally, regionally and domestically.

Two Zimbabwean telecommunications companies have linked up to the SEACOM and EASSy undersea fibre-optic cables. This development is set to bring high speed broadband internet connectivity to the Southern African country and comes as a major boost to the country’s telecommunications backbone infrastructure. The state owned fixed telephone network operator, Tel One, has invested US$ 7.7 million into the fibre-optic project which will link the capital Harare to Beira in Mozambique via the eastern border city of Mutare. Econet Wireless, the second operator has a direct connection to the SEACOM cable in Durban, South Africa.