Internet News - In Brief


- Seacom, the venture capital company that is laying a cable down the east coast of Africa, says the first length of cable will slip below the waves just over two months from now. Thee cable is in the final stages of manufacturing and the first shipload will be deployed around September.

- As part of efforts to roll out Nigeria’s e-governance project, the Plateau State government has commenced the training of 36 officials that would eventually man the respective Internet connectivity mini-hub stations in the 17 local government headquarters that are linked to the central hub station situated at the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, in Jos, the state capital.

- In Uganda, Makerere University engineering students are the beneficiaries of the iLabs project, which involves using online laboratories. The project is a brain child of the Massachussets Institute of Technology in the US. Other African universities using iLabs technology are Tanzania's University of Dar-es-Salaam and Nigeria's Obafemi-Alowo University.

- The US Trade Development Agency announced funding for two feasibility studies: one will look at the technical feasibility and viability of a metro fibre ring in Liberia’s capital Monrovia to be delivered by LTC and the other will examine creating a national backbone for Niger and will be delivered by Seaquest Infotel Niger.