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- As Somalia puts itself back together again, there are moves to try and get the country domain name administration re-delegated to a local organisation. It is currently being run World Class that is owned by a Somali living in the United States. Abdigani Jama, Secretary-General of the Somali Telecom is angry at the slow process:”I e-mailed ICANN but I’ve not yet had a reply. When we wanted to get our telephone country code (252) back from the ITU, it happened almost immediately. What’s the difference?” ICANN procedures mean that any re-delegation needs to demonstrate that those applying have a wide range of support within the sector.

- SA's TelkomInternet has responded to complaints about the abuse of Internet usernames and passwords by claiming it implements checks and balances to ensure credibility. Spokesman Roshelle Pillay says that while TelkomInternet cannot take responsibility for the subscriber base's usernames and passwords, it has implemented encrypted passwords that are only available to the technical support centre as part of a drive to protect subscribers.

- Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has called upon Internet providers to serve 32 districts using RCDF funding, Arthur Muhangi, an officer from UCC has said. He said the project under the Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) is supported by the World Bank.