Internet in Brief


- Mali: The population of the city of Gao have no phone signal since January 15, 2013. In retaliation for attacks jihadists Mujao destroyed the facilities of telephone operators Malitel / Sotelma and Orange in the city before disappearing into the desert.

- MTN Uganda has launched a new Wi-Fi service with a number of MTN hotspots around the country. MTN hotspots will be available to MTN and non-MTN customers. Customers with Wi-Fi capable devices will have access to this service in areas where there is MTN Wi-Fi coverage. To use MTN hotspots, customers will be required to register.

- Vodacom Tanzania expects to complete the second stage of its connection to the country’s National Information Communication Technology Broadband Backbone (NICTBB) in April 2013, managing director Rene Meza says.

- Mali has a new commercial WiMAX operator, with Dogon Telecom having launched services in the capital Bamako late last week. As reported by Le Republicain, the venture is the brainchild of Abdoulaye Guindo, a Malian expatriate living in Japan, and services were launched at a ceremony chaired by head of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Tiegoum Boubeye Maiga. With coverage initially limited to the ‘left bank’ of the capital, Mr Guindo said that his company is aiming to expand across the entire city.