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- The Federal Government of Nigeria has ordered all Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to only access their information technology network through the Galaxy Backbone Plc. The directive is to ensure that government and its agencies share information and have access to a common pool over a secured network.

- The Algerina ISP EEPA will shortly launch a 5 services in one package comprising a simple phone line and two easy-to-handle pieces of customer equipment. The Algerian-made new offer called Five Play, will help EEPAD’s subscribers take advantage of a broadband Internet connection (ASSILA), unlimited telephony (ASSILABOX), cinema, e-learning, music and games, Chief Executive Officer Nouar Harzallah at a press conference.

- Orange Botswana has launched the WiMAX-based broadband internet service dubbed Livebox, reports Telecompaper. Speeds of up to 1Mbps are available to initially 90% of residents in Gaborone. The company launched a similar service in Cameroon in April.