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- Orange Madagascar is investing in a submarine fibre cable dubbed “Lion” which will link the city of Toamasina on the main island to the existing SAFE cable. The project which is a joint-venture between Orange Madagascar, France Telecom SA and Mauritius Teleom should be completed by the end of July 2009.

- Discussions have resumed last week in Bangui regarding a terrestrial fibre optic cable linking Chad to the Centre Afrique Republique via Cameroon.

- A 25.1% stake in ITWeb has been acquired by Ummango Investment Holdings, a women's broad-based BEE consortium financed by Mvelaphanda Holdings (Mvela Holdings). The technology media company publishes a technology news website, four magazines and a series of annual publications, and owns related businesses in its chosen space.

- At least 440 secondary schools are to benefit from two projects from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) with Internet Centers before end of this year, said the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Engineer Ernest Ndukwe. It is planned that in 2008 about 80 schools will benefit from this program. This is in addition to the 360 schools being targeted in the School Access Program of the universal Service Fund Secretariat”.

- According to MyBroadband, South African wireless broadband operator iBurst has cut the price of its voice calls by up to 50%. iBurst has lowered the cost of national peak time calls by 18%, national off-peak calls by 10%, peak-time cellular calls by 19% and off-peak calls to mobiles by 11%. Tariffs for international calls have also been cut, with savings of over 50% available on calls to countries such as the UK, US, China, Australia and France.

- The Arusha Municipal Council (AMC) has finally launched it's own website which will provide a two way traffic. Arusha residents will be able to surf important information about the municipal council and also contribute their views. The website address is http:// www.arushamunicipal.go.tz

- MWeb Namibia this week formally launched its VSAT technology. Its general country manager Marc Gregan pointed out that MWEB Namibia's VSAT sidestepped the fibre-optic line to South Africa and transmitted and received data to and from the the USA and Germany. Clearly satellite prices are still cheaper than their fibre equivalent transiting through South Africa to SAT3.

- Satlynx, a provider of satellite telecommunications, announced today the introduction of a range of broadband services in the Middle East and African markets though its partner Lunasat. Services from Lunasat are targeted at governmental institutions and corporate enterprises as well as larger SMEs. The coverage area provided by the Satlynx Direct platform include Africa and the Middle East as defined by the footprints of NSS-10 and BADR-4 satellites.