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Nigeria only has 16% Internet Coverage

By Ejiro Gegere

Professionals in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector said that although Nigeria has been rated third in terms of Internet penetration in Africa, the service is accessible to only 16 percent of Nigerians.

In a telephone interview, Muhammed Rudman, the chief executive officer of Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), said,

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Kenya: Africa’s Budding ICT Sector Offers More Opportunities

Kui Kinyanjui

It has been an amazing week for Kenya’s ICT sector.

First, one of our own, Murags (aka John Waibochi) became the proud care-taker of a million dollar enterprise after his company won the top prize in the Nokia’s Growth Economy Venture Challenge.

Contrary to the belief of most, this cash prize was not petty cash to fund Mr Waibochi’s out of town excursions, it is crucial venture funding that Virtual City’s presents to Kenya with the unique opportunity to officially get its software development aspirations off the ground, providing scope to create new revenue earners for the economy.

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Intel, MTN Group seal Broadband Acceleration Deal in Africa & Middle East

Lucas Ajanaku

Intel Corporation and MTN Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which will see the companies collaborate to accelerate the deployment and penetration of broadband access in Africa and the Middle East.

The collaboration covers a wide spectrum of initiatives, including areas such as broadband access through WiMax deployment, affordable PC bundles for the ordinary African consumer and entrepreneurs as well as cost-effective internet browsing devices.

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Liberia seeks Hydro Revamp from Mining Investors

By David Lewis and Alphonso Toweh

President of Liberia, Ellen John Sirleaf

MONROVIA (Reuters) – Mining firms Vale of Brazil and Israeli-owned BSGR are to help Liberia in the West African state’s bid to raise its power production from virtually nothing to 1,000 megawatts, the minister involved said.

Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Eugene Shannon also said Vale had an agreement to ship through Liberia iron ore due to be mined with partner BSGR in neighbouring Guinea, but noted Vale was not in talks over a mining concession in Liberia itself.

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Sierra Leone: More Iron Ore Discoveries at Marampa

Freetown — London Mining’s extended drilling programme at its flagship Marampa project in northern Sierra Leone has uncovered two structures with an estimated inferred resource of 111 million tonnes grading 33% iron.

Consequently, the company is now targeting a steady-state 9 million tonnes per annum mining operation, with more than a 20 year mine life. The newly discovered Campbell Town ridge and Hospital ridge structures are connected to Marampa’s Masaboin Hill and Ghafal Hill zones. London Mining chief executive, Graeme Hossie, said he was excited by the new discovery, noting that a “higher grade fraction … has the potential to significantly enhance the economics of the project”.

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