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Somalia: Mogadishu Gets International Fiber Connectivity

Broadband_SomaliaWest Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) Ltd, a telecommunications carriers' carrier, together with local shareholder Dalkom Somalia, has announced that it will launch connectivity to and from Somalia via the EASSy cable from first quarter of 2014, offering services directly from Mogadishu to the rest of the world. Capacity will be available from 2Mbps to 10Gbps and above.
"Until now, Somalia has been served exclusively by satellite - with high costs and limited bandwidth severely restricting the rollout and uptake of internet access and advanced services. WIOCC and Dalkom will be the first into commercial operation with international fibre-optic connectivity direct into Mogadishu," said Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO

HARGEYSA:Somalia to Get High-Speed Internet After Satellite Deals:BLOOMBERG

HARGEYSA_OCTOBERSomalia will have access to high-speed telecommunications networks after agreeing to two deals that will connect the Horn of Africa nation to fiber optic cables and satellites.
O3b Networks Ltd., a satellite provider that includes Google Inc. (GOOG) and HSBC Principal Investments among its investors, will provide Internet capacity to Hargeisa, Somalia-based Somtel from 2014, the company said in a statement today.

“At present, connectivity is neither reliable nor adequate in Somalia,” Somtel Chief Technology Officer Ismail Dualeh said in the statement. “The O3b solution will give Somtel the chance to bring vastly improved Internet connectivity with better performance.”

Somalia’s first fiber optic broadband link will be built by Mauritius-based Liquid Telecom, the company said in a statement yesterday. The build out of communication networks in the country has been hampered by conflict since the 1991 fall from power of Mohamed Siad Barre’s dictatorship.

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UN Security Council passes resolution to increase troops in AU Mission in Somalia

UNSOMALIAThe UN Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution to expand the number of troops serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to more than 22,000, as security threat posed by Somali Al-Shabaab militants continues to prevail.
Unanimously adopted by the 15-member body, the resolution requested the African Union (AU) to "increase AMISOM's force strength from 17,731 to a maximum of 22,126 uniformed personnel."
The council decided to maintain the deployment of the AMISOM until Oct. 31 2014, and pointed out that the conditions in Somalia are not yet appropriate for the deployment of a UN peacekeeping operation.

The 'random guy' who inherited Mo Farah's phone number THE GUARDIAN

mo_farah111In Mo Farah's autobiography there is a brief passage, around three-quarters of the way through the book, when he talks about changing his mobile phone. "Later," the double Olympic gold medallist writes, "I'll find out that some random guy ended up with my old phone number. Every time I do well in a race or I'm in the spotlight, this poor guy's phone explodes with phone calls and text messages."
"'Some random guy' – that made me laugh," says Carl Delahunty, the random guy in question. Delahunty, a 40-year-old music publicist from London, became Farah's proxy in 2009 when he signed up for a new mobile phone – mainly because he wanted the free games console being offered with the contract –and got the number that was to be the bane of his life.
"I hadn't even had it a week when I started receiving calls from a rogue number," he says. "I answered and this beefy voice asked: 'Hello? Hello? Is that Mo?' It continued for months, at all sorts of ungodly hours." He checked the dialling code, saw it was from Somalia, but thought little of it until 2010, when suddenly he was besieged with messages of congratulations from around the world.

ITALY:Somali arrested for Italy shipwreck, rapes BNN

lampaduserapeItalian police have arrested a Somali man accused of raping and torturing asylum seekers fleeing Libya on a boat which sank off the island of Lampedusa last month killing more than 365 migrants.
Mouhamud Elmi Muhidin, 34, faces charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, people trafficking and criminal association with the goal of aiding illegal immigration after he was identified by survivors.
Some 130 migrants from Eritrea told police they were held for ransom at a detention centre in the Libyan desert by people traffickers from Somalia, Libya and Sudan.
A 17-year-old Eritrean girl interviewed by police said: "They forced us to watch our men being tortured with various methods including batons, electric shocks to the feet; whoever rebelled was tied up.?
The migrants were forced to pay up to $3,500 (£2,180) for their freedom and their onward journey to the Libyan coast and a boat that due to take them to Italy.
"The women who could not pay were assaulted," the girl said.                 
She also described in her own sexual assault, claiming Muhidin was one of three men who raped her.
"They threw me on the ground, held me down and poured fuel on my head. It burnt my hair, then my face, then my eyes.
"Then the three of them raped me without protection. After a quarter of an hour I was beaten and taken back to the house."
Muhidin was arrested on Lampedusa after he was spotted by some of the survivors on the island. He has now been flown to Sicily where he faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
Investigators say he arrived on the island last week and had been staying in the local migrant centre, pretending to be one of the refugees.
"He was one of the leaders of the trafficking organisation," a police spokeswoman said, adding that he may have come to Italy to look for criminal contacts.
Italian authorities have vowed to crack down on the people trafficking rings that have been behind the influx of more than 35,000 asylum seekers so far this year to the country's coasts.
Most of them come from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria and Italy has asked for the European Union to step up assistance in dealing with the arrivals and countering the criminal networks behind them.


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