TELECOMS

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe has given the country's three mobile operators an ultimatum to ensure that all activated mobile lines are registered with the firms by August 10, 2010.

- A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja voided the cancellation by the former Minister of Information and Communication, Dora Akunyili, of the licensing process of national frequencies in the 2.3GHZ band granted to Mobitel Communications Ltd.

The minister had nullified the licensing process on May 25, 2009 through a directive on the grounds that the process was not transparent. Justice Umar Garba in reversing the cancellation of the licence described the ex-minister's action as reckless. In the twist, the Federal Ministry of Information and Communications has appealed against the judgment of of the Federal High Court.

- The governments of Angola and Cuba signed in Luanda, two technical and scientific agreements in telecommunication sector that formalize cooperation between both countries.

- In South Africa, the second and final stage of the introduction of fixed line number portability, which will allow individual Telkom customers to switch networks without losing their numbers, has been delayed by about five weeks. The first phase of fixed line number portability, also known as geographic number portability (GNP), kicked off in May 2009; the second, more important phase, which allows individual numbers to be ported, was meant to begin this week.

- The Nigerian telecommunication regulatory authority, the NCC, has issued issued license to Mobitel Ltd, for the utilization of frequencies in the 2.3 GHz Spectrum Band, having emerged successful at the licensing bid concluded by the Commission on May 8, 2009 by paying the specified fees of N1.368 Billion Naira.

- In South Africa, Telehouse and Teraco Data Environments have announced that their strategic alliance has been extended to include dedicated data centre space in Teraco’s new carrier neutral facility in Johannesburg. As with Cape Town, which was opened in December last year, the space will be opened under the Telehouse brand and operated, supported and maintained by Teraco to Telehouse¹s stringent global operating standards.

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