TELECOMS

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to local media reports, Cote d’Ivoire mobile licensee Aircom is poised to launch commercial services this month – almost twelve years after receiving its original concession. The press reports, which quote Aircom boss NiamoutieKouao, indicate that the cellco has met ‘all administrative requirements’ and will become the sixth mobile operator active within the country, alongside MTN Cote d’Ivoire, Orange Cote d’Ivoire, Moov, Comium (Koz) and GreenN Cote d’Ivoire. Aircom’s network will initially go live in eight cities, with connectivity gradually extended to the remainder of the country. Services will be offered under the ‘Mobile Cafe’ brand.

- Airtel Kenya chief operating officer ShivanBhargava has responded to questions over the year-long delay surrounding its 3G network launch by promising that the belated service will be operational by end-March 2012. In an email to Kenyan daily newspaper The Star, Bhargava confirmed: ‘We will continue to offer more innovative products and services, including the increased depth of [mobile wallet service] Airtel Money, and the introduction of our world-class 3G HSPA [network] this quarter’.

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