TELECOMS

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Ministry of Information and Communications and its new Minister, Prof. Dora Akunyili try has taken a populist stance on the issue of tariff reduction, saying the Nigerian subscribers are heavily cheated by the telecom operators in an environment that has given them (the operators) quantum mileage in business. She insisted that no matter how the operators may react, her ministry was ready to fight and ensure the reduction of telephone tariffs in the country.

- According to Mozambique’s daily newspaper, Noticias, the incumbent telco, TDM. has lost 1.7 million meticais through the theft of copper cables and damage to the fibre optic system.

- Africell Lintel Sierra Leone limited has been awarded by the All Works of Life (AWOL) as the best telecommunications company in the country for 2008.

- InfoDev has released Universal Access and Service Module completing the ICT Regulation Toolkit The ICT Regulation Toolkit is a joint knowledge product of infoDev and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The Toolkit is intended to assist regulators with the design of effective and enabling regulatory frameworks to harness the latest technological and market advances. To learn more about the toolkit or to access the modules, visit www.ictregulationtoolkit.org

- Sudanese telecoms operator Sudatel has launched Senegal’s third mobile network under the banner Expresso. The newcomer is using CDMA technology and plans to connect three million subscribers to its mobile network and 150,000 subscribers to its fixed wireless system. Its licence will also allow it to provide fixed line and Internet services.

­Police in Tanzania have handed out 350 free mobile phones to the albino population to help them call for help if attacked. There has been a spate of killings of albinos over the past year following a fashion for using the body-parts in local witchcraft. There has also been long running discrimination as some people consider albinos to be cursed.

- The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has published a notice on the completion of the licence conversion process. A complete list of all converted licences will also be available on the ICASA website and from the ICASA library.

- The National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana has allocated the network code ‘054’ to domestic mobile operator MTN Ghana, effective 15 January 2009. MTN Ghana’s chief executive officer Brett Goschen added that the operator would soon launch a 3.5G network to provide high data speed and internet access in addition to other advanced mobile products and services.

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