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-  Internet Gabon Telecom (IG Telecom) has this week signed a USD15 million contract with US-based satellite technology provider Hughes Network Systems, under a project named Triple Net aimed at offering the entire Gabonese population access to the internet, satellite TV and radio, reports Agency Ecofin. IG Telecom also aims to reduce the cost of access to the internet under the Triple Net programme, which it hopes will be launched in late 2012. Oumar Ba, CEO of IG Telecom, said the group also plans to expand its services in Nigeria. IG Telecom is an internet service provider (ISP) in Gabon which specialises in VSAT-based access.

- Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters Abuja said last week it is putting together measures aimed at tackling up-and-coming cyber crimes in the country. The Chief of Communications (DHQ), Air Vice Marshal Osmond Amu said at a media briefing in Abuja that the DHQ will be organizing a cyber stakeholders conference between September 17 and 19 "to identify challenges associated with cyberspace, cashless economy, space resources and thereafter proffer solutions."

- Nigeria’s National Universities Commission, NUC, is to inaugurate its first Online Programme Accreditation Portal. The programme, slated to be inaugurated on September 7, 2012, at the University of Calabar, Cross River State is user friendly.

The portal is one of the benefits of National Universities Commission Data Base, NUCDB, project, launched in November 2008 to make the commission more effective in its regulatory functions, for improved quality of graduates and programmes in the country.