TELECOMS

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Outremer Telecom says that it has been granted a 3G license for Mayotte. Outremer Telecom already deploys its 3G networks in the French West Indies, French Guiana and Reunion. Mayotte was until now the only remaining French department without 3G mobile telephony. The company added that it has already signed an agreement with ZTE to supply the 3G network infrastructure.

- As of  June 30’s  deadline, more than 95 percent of cellular phone users in South Africa had registered their SIM cards for RICA, the Department of Communications said. Gauteng remained the province with the highest number of people who have not registered their SIM cards, followed by KwaZulu-Natal. This is despite vigorous campaigns being held by the department for people to RICA in these two provinces.

- Telkom Kenya (Orange) says that it could launch its HSPA+ enabled 3G network next month, if the ongoing t­ests continue to be positive. The 3G network is the result of a Sh4 billion (US$44 million) investment by the company, and is being built by China's ZTE. The company is installing 1,500 3G base stations and has been conducting internal trials in Nairobi and Mombasa.

- The Ministry of Communications and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will host the Global Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the Environment and Climate Change in Accra next month.

- Singapore-backed Sure Telecom has begun installing its infrastructure and aims to start testing its signal in August. When it launches, Sure will be Uganda’s seventh telco, alongside the existing Airtel, MTN, Orange, Warid, UTL and I-Tel.

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