Internet News - In Brief


- Google has announced that they rolled out their popular Google Maps service for 40 new countries, of which six are on the African soil. The latest African countries to enjoy all the mapping benefits of Google Maps are Somalia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Lesotho, Mali and Niger. Google Maps allows users to view local roads, businesses and surroundings in great detail, and can also be used as a navigational tool.

- In a parallel news, Google's G-Uganda event has attracted more than 500 tech leaders and entrepreneurs in Kampala this week.

- The latest Ookla NetIndex statistics reveal the highest broadband network speeds in South Africa. The average South African download speed is 2.91Mbps while users recorded an average upload speed of 1.11Mbps.

- The New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) has teamed up with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to launch the Southern African Internet Governance Forum. The forum will advocate for the development and implementation of universal access policies by member countries to improve Internet connectivity in rural areas. Internet governance issues also include access and diversity, cybersecurity, cross-border Internet security, mobile Internet, domain names and cloud computing.

- South Africa’s ADSL ISP and hosting provider Afrihost unveils their AfriGamer Servers; AfriGamer ADSL packages. The new Afrihost gaming servers sportssome of the most popular online gaming titles, including Counter-Strike Source, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Brink and Homefront. Afrihost CEO, Visser, said that consumers can expect the first Afrigamer ADSL packages as early as next month (October 2011).