TELECOMS

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s Bureau of Public Enterprise BPE has extended the deadline for the submission of technical and financial bids in the privatisation process of incumbent NITEL. The new deadline has been set to 26th of October.

- Kenyan operators have been given until 19 November to analyse and comment on new regulations covering licensing, frequency allocation, universal access and tariff regulation, which are awaiting implementation, local daily The Standard reports. Meanwhile, following a directive issued by Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the CCK has initiated a review into mobile interconnection rates, which will run until March 2010.

- Former vice-president, Enoch Kavindele has lost a bid to run a fourth cellular mobile phone company in Zambia after the Supreme Court overturned the earlier judgment and ruled in favour of Communications Authority of Zambia (CAZ). Supreme Court judge Marvin Mwanamwambwa allowed all the four grounds of appeal advanced by CAZ in its appeal following the earlier judgment passed in the Lusaka High Court against it.

- Police Force Headquarters in Abuja, have concluded arrangements to acquire portable electronic devices that intelligently gather and rapidly intercept phone calls from kidnappers. The device will track down within minutes, the very spot from where suspicious telephone calls are made. The equipment has been bought from Israel.

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