Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) wants a law to regulate the issuance and sale of mobile phone simcards. The Commission said the law should allow only telephone service providers to register and issue sim card numbers to their subscribers. The commission's official, Patrick Mwesigwa, said the move would curb crime, especially those related to mobile phones. Mwesigwa added that it would also help in tracking down criminals.

- Following on from its admission to the Commonwealth as the 54th member in November 2009, the Republic of Rwanda has gained Full Member Country status of the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO). The membership will provide the Republic of Rwanda the opportunity to utilise CTO’s existing networks and capabilities to the maximum, with the ability to shape the organisation’s future through its seat at the CTO Council.

- Ghana’s Minister of Communications, Haruna Iddrisu, has revealed that plans to implement mobile number portability (MNP) in the country will be put in place ‘soon’, giving subscribers the freedom to switch to a new service provider without losing their existing mobile number. The minister said the move would ‘guarantee quality service and give consumers a choice.’

- Officials at Guine Telecom, Guinea-Bissau’s national fixed line operator, have announced their intention to strike as they seek satisfaction on a claim for payment of twelve months of salary arrears. According to union sources the notice of strike was given to the administration of Guinea Telecom and the State Department of Transportation and Communications. Union officials confirmed they are waiting to be contacted to discuss negotiation arrangements.

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