Internet News - In Brief


- Services on two of three broken undersea cables providing Internet services to parts of the Middle East and Asia have been restored after both cables were repaired, an Indian-owned cable operator said, reported Reuters. FLAG Telecom, a subsidiary of India's No. 2 mobile operator Reliance Communications said in a statement the breaks in its FLAG Europe-Asia (FEA) and FALCON cables had been repaired and services routed back through these cables. Repair work on SEA-ME-WE 4, the second cable cut near Egypt, was also expected to be completed within the week.

- Vodacom South Africa is preparing to launch its first WiMAX wireless broadband services in several major cities within the next few weeks.

- A group of academics and researchers from various Arab universities in North Africa and the Middle East launched lately the Arab portal for media and communication studies, "an academic area specialized in information and communication studies and researches." The main goal of the portal ( is to "contribute in the creation of an active Arab research society" in the field of information and communication. The initiative is open to the researchers who "believe in scientific research's societal role and bank on the importance of research in achieving Arab information development."

- Telecom Egypt has agreed to sell its minority stakes in two Internet service providers to wireless network operator Etisalat Egypt. Etisalat Egypt, a unit of the UAE-based Emirates Telecommunications Corp (Etisalat), will buy 27.3% of Nile Online and 16.5% of the Egyptian Company for Networks (EgyNet).

- A web portal encompassing a wide range of information on Algeria destination will be launched next March in Algiers by Touring voyages Algeria (TVA). This website is to offer information, notably on the welcoming facilities across the country, following what is done for the world’s prestigious destinations, officials of TVA, subsidiary of Touring Club Algeria (TCA) indicated.