Internet News - In Brief


- Two young Tunisians have been sentenced to seven years in prison for posting cartoons of the prophet Mohammad on Facebook, in a case that has fueled allegations the country's new Islamist leaders are gagging free speech.

- France Telecom-Orange and the other members of the Lower Indian Ocean Network 2 (LION2) consortium have announced the commercial launch of services on the submarine cable, providing the island of Mayotte with broadband connectivity for the first time and reinforcing international network connectivity for Kenya.  The LION cable links Madagascar to the global internet via Reunion and Mauritius, and by dint of LION2, has now been extended to Kenya (with a landing station at Nyali) via Mayotte (landing at Kaweni). The group’s subsidiary partners are Mauritius Telecom, Orange Madagascar and Telkom Kenya, as well as two other operators, Emtel (Mauritius) and Societe Reunionnaise du Radiotelephone (SRR).