TELECOMS

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Reuters is reporting that the auction for the second fixed line licence in Egypt has been postponed. A date of 18 September has been given for the auction, with the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) citing global market conditions as one of the reasons for the postponement. This is the second time that the auction has been delayed, with the original date having been set as 19 June, and subsequently delayed to 29 July. Companies that have expressed an interest in the licence include France Telecom, Orascom Telecom, Giza Systems and Noor Financial Company.

- In Nigeria, Head of Corporate Communications at Transcorp, Adedayo Ojo has publicly denied that Transcorp has a plan to sell, lease or concession the SAT3 gateway.

- Portugal Telecom (PT) has formally concluded the transfer of the management of fixed line PTO Guine Telecom and mobile operator Guinetel to the government of Guinea-Bissau, reports the local Lusa News Agency citing officials as saying. On 15 May 2008 CommsUpdate reported that the decision to transfer PT’s management of the two operators had been agreed in principle after the Portuguese firm effectively turned its back on the two companies. In a statement at the time the government said: ‘with the prolonged absence of PT and its refusal to call together the governing bodies of Guine Telecom and Guinetel, abandonment has been confirmed.’ It went on to say that it had rejected a call from the Portuguese firm to sell its stake in the GSM operator to a buyer of its own choice. It is understood the transfer of control to the government was formalised at the end of last week.

- Celtel Nigeria announced it has commenced phase payments of compensation of N175 as directed by the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC) to its subscribers..

- An Accra Fast Track High Court (FTC) determining the ownership status of "Kasapa Telecom" between the Ghanaian corporate entity, Kludjeson International Limited (KIL) and its overseas business counterparts, Hutchison Telecommunications Limited and Certwell Limited, has opened the floodgate for evidence to be adduced by the litigating parties.

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