TELECOMS

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Zimbabwe’s telecoms operator, TelOne, has warned customers with outstanding bills that they risk losing their lines to those on the waiting list if they fail to settle their debts with the country's sole fixed telephone operator. All those who have not yet cleared their debts were given up to end of this month to pay up. In parallel TelOne announced that it is ‘at an advanced stage’ in its plans to expand its coverage of CDMA-based wireless in the local loop (WiLL) services countrywide, but can only proceed when the necessary funds become available.

- Nigeria’s Information and Communications Minister Dora Akunyili has said the ministry will make recommendations to the Federal Executive Council to merge the two regulatory bodies of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), by the end of December. The minister said the move was designed to prevent overlap in the area of spectrum licensing.

- The United Nations telecommunications agency has announced that it has signed an agreement with the United Arab Emirates to build a new museum that will focus on the impact of information communications technology (ICT) on people's lives. The new museum will be known as the ICT Exploratorium and will be housed at the headquarters of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in Geneva when it opens next year, the agency said in a press release.

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