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- According to its MD, Engr. Ahmed Rufai, Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) is gradually fulfilling its mandate and it has so far implemented 78 community telecommunications centres across the country. NIGCOMSAT is a hybrid and high powered, quad –band geostationary satellite, located at 42.5E and has a life span of at least 15years, while the communications payload contains 40 transponders covering KU-band, C-band and L-band.

- Communications minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri recently announced that the African West Coast Cable, which is run by Infraco and will connect South Africa to Europe, will be ready in May 2010 in time for the World Cup.

- In Egypt, Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman, a blogger better known as Kareem Amer, has been getting hundreds of letters in prison from Internet users all over the world as a result of a "Flood the Jail with Mail" campaign (http://www.freekareem.org/2008/03/19/flood-the-jail-with-mail/) launched jointly by the Free Kareem Support Committee (http://www.freekareem.org/) and the Committee to Protect Bloggers (http://www.committeetoprotectbloggers.org).

- Angola Telecom is investing in the Internet sector. According to Manuel César, Head of Communications at the national incumbent, Angola Telecom will launch soon 70,416 new lines on its Luanda metropolitan ring. There will be 40,824 normal lines, 11,925 DSL lines and 17,649 SDSL lines