Telecoms News in Brief


- Each week the ICT Division of USAID features two or three highlights from programs around the world where USAID plays a role.  These stories may be from the USAID Global Broadband and Innovations program, which generally supports activities to extend accessible (i.e. affordable) broadband to underserved areas through applications of new technologies in agriculture, elections, banking, health care, and other sectors.  The mailing list is intended for practitioners, and contains information that may be freely retransmitted ("unclassified" in U.S.Government jargon). and is intended to promote dialogue and collaboration.

- Silphium, the first wholly owned submarine cable system targeted at the Libyan telecommunications market, is now operational. Libyan International Telecom Co. (LITC), the system owner, made the announcement in conjunction with its build partner, Huawei Marine Networks Co., Ltd.  Silphium connects traffic from Libya to many European Internet hubs via the landing point in Chania, which OTEGLOBE will operate. It is the third undersea fiber-optic cable to serve the Libyan market.

- A submarine cable project between Brazil and Angola has been officially launched and is expected to be live by the end of next year. The submarine cable project-connecting Angola and  Brazil (SACS) and the African Telecommunications Hub (Angonap) was launched in Luanda by the minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, José Carvalho da Rocha.

- The Democratic Republic of Congo’s five principle mobile operators – Africell, Airtel, Orange, Oasis (Tigo) and Vodacom – along with fixed line operator Standard Telecom, have come under fire from telecoms minister Tryphon Kin-Kiey Mulumba over their poor network quality. Agence Ecofin reports that Mulumba is pressing for financial penalties to be applied to the companies as censure for their lack of network improvements. His grievances also include the ‘chaotic’ distribution of SIM cards by street vendors, which in his opinion conspires to ‘distort’ the satisfactory identification of mobile users.