Internet News - In Brief


- In Liberia, mobile operator Lonestar/MTN has launched a mobile broadband service labeled “iConnect”. The service is based on WiMAX technology.

- Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has featured among the 2011 top influential users of Twitter. According to the influential Foreign Policy (FP) - a global magazine of politics and economics - President Kagame, in the category of politicians and diplomats, is ranked alongside Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, the Secretary General of NAT0, Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Carl Bildt the Swedish foreign minister. President Kagame, who has more than 17,000 followers on his Twitter page, frequently uses the platform to interact with ordinary people, journalists and responds to questions raised about the country and various global issues.

- Telecom equipment firm Huawei has launched a new wireless modem into the Kenyan market. The Huawei E5 is a centre of personal connection device and the ideal mobile broadband solution for business people wanting high-speed wireless connectivity, anytime and anywhere. The E5 wireless modem will be retailing at Safaricom shops for Sh10, 516.

- Zimbabwean state-owned cellular network operator NetOne has begun an advertising campaign for its upcoming mobile broadband internet services, following indications earlier this year that the company was aiming to catch up rivals’ progress in the mobile broadband market. Mobile market leader by subscribers Econet Wireless offers commercial 3G mobile as well as WiMAX-based wireless broadband services while Telecel Zimbabwe currently provides a pilot 3G service.