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Africa to get cheaper, high-quality Internet

Issue 292
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S/land Mediators End Government & Parliament Deadlock

Live Stock Deputy Minister Resigns From Rayale’s Government

Imprisoned political leaders to be released as elections approach

INTERVIEW-Mogadishu mayor says govt has boosted security

A letter from Puntland Finance minister on Oil law issue

Somaliland rolls out ARV treatment, but HIV/AIDS education lagging

Somalia pledges tight security for relief agencies

Deportations of Somalis convicted of street robbery deferred Supreme Administrative Court to rule on appeal application

The Growing Instability in Central and East Africa

Shabelle Radio and U.S. Embassy in Nairobi Promote Peace

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Office provides tree seedlings to Somaliland

Africa wages war on scourge of plastic bags

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An intensifying US campaign against Iran

As Mogadishu Mayor Says to Let Displaced Children Starve, UN Prepares Mild Reminder

Mother of All Fiascos!

AMBASSADORS OF AMERICAN LIFE

Videotape shows witnesses ignored woman cries for help

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Camel Milk Transforms Mauritania's Herding Lifestyle

The Real Face of the Kinijit Neo-Nazi ‘Ethiopian’ Interlocutors of the US

"Ineffectiveness in Action: The Failure of the League of Nations"

Africa to get cheaper, high-quality Internet

Rahma Hirsi, Somaliland, "I will never tell my children I am HIV positive"

Somaliland – A Beautiful Non-Country

Somalia's Puntland region rejects draft oil law

Food for thought

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Open letter to Garaad Jaamac Garaad Cali Garaad Jaamac

How to become a professor
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Is Awdalnews.com an Online Tabloid or a Reputable Website?

Somaliland Research Group

30th Anniversary of the Somali Studies International Association

Arrest of vicious politicians: The immorality of ignorant power

The internationally approved Sub-clan cleansing/genocide in Moqadisho/Somalia


NEPAD
Friday, August 24, 2007

The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, will invest in the East African Submarine Cable System, a landmark fiber-optic cable project that will connect 21 African countries to each other and the rest of the world with high-quality Internet and international communications services.

The cable will transform the telecommunications landscape in the region as it improves access for 250 million Africans and substantially reduces costs for consumers and businesses. Construction begins this month and the cable is expected to be fully operational by the beginning of 2009.

The cable, known as EASSy, will run 10,000 kilometers from the continent’s southern tip to the African horn, connecting South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, and Sudan. Another 13 adjoining countries will also be linked to the system as terrestrial backbone networks are completed through a broader World Bank Group initiative: these include Botswana, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Consumers along the east coast of Africa typically pay between US$200 and US$300 a month for internet access. These prices are some of the world’s highest. This initiative is set to reduce the price of connectivity thus allowing more people in Africa to have global communication access.

“The EASSy cable will complete Africa’s integration into the global communications network, with significant development impact for the people of East Africa and the larger region,” said IFC CEO Lars Thunell. “Information and communications technologies transform every part of people’s daily lives, including how they do business and access global markets, receive government services, and learn.”

Source: NEPAD, Aug 24, 2007

 


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