Internet News - In Brief


- ISP PowerTel has increased its presence in Bulawayo, the second largest city after it commissioned three base stations in the city. PowerTel announced that it has switched on three base stations of a coverage radius of 20km each in Cowdray Park, Pumula East and Lobengula West to boost the network and data penetration to the residents.The company has been expanding in major cities in the country apart from Bulawayo and Harare it has spread to Norton, Kwekwe, Gweru, Kadoma, Ruwa, Chinhoyi, Rusape, Marondera and Mutare.

- Google, announced that starting this year, its increasingly popular social network, Google+, will now be available in 41 new countries, including 22 in Africa. Until recently, Google+ through SMS was available only in the US and India. The targeted African countries are Algeria, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia.To sweeten the deal, Google+ users in East Africa will have the added advantage of sending SMS commands in KiSwahili, an official language in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and also spoken widely in several other countries in the region.

- Cote d’Ivoire Prime Minister Jeannot Kouadio Ahoussou has officially launched construction of the country's broadband backbone in a  ceremony at San Pedro.The first phase of the initiative would comprise 1,400km of fibre optic infrastructure. It will be the first link in a network spanning 6,000km of optical fibre, connecting all the prefectures and sub-prefectures in the country, he said.