Internet News - In Brief


- The long awaited SEACOM fibre-optic cable has arrived at Mombasa in Kenya. SEACOM senior vice president, Jean Pierre de Leu, confirmed to journalists in Naivasha that the cable that will provide broadband solutions and will be fully operational by July.

- O3b Networks the developer of a new fibre quality, satellite-based, global Internet backbone announced last week that Satconsult, Ltd. of Ghana has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for high speed, low latency IP trunking from O3b Networks. Using O3b Networks’ managed carrier service, Quick Start, Satconsult is will expand their services throughout East and West, sub-Saharan Africa.

- Nigeria is set to launch another terrestrial satellite, NigeriaSat-2, by middle of this year according to Minister of Science and Technology, Alhassan Bako Zaku.

- Algeria’s Justice Ministry has created an online legal service on its website. The virtual service is meant to provide instant answers to any citizen seeking legal information. The legal service is presented in the form of an electronic messaging system, permanently accessible on the Ministry website: <> to any citizen seeking for information, or to make an appointment with any department or with specialized unit.

- South Africa’s ISP, OpenWeb launched the cheapest Unshaped ADSL accounts on the market. Starting at only R89 for a 1GB Unshaped ADSL account, clients can now access the World Wide Web without any port shaping, or port prioritisation.

- Egyptian authorities have released an Internet activist who was arrested in his home near the capital Cairo. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, said bloggers have become a major target of the Egyptian police, accusing the authorities of acting unlawfully and infringing the freedom of speech and association.