TELECOMS

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The National Communications Authority (NCA) in Ghana is threatening to revoke a cellular operating concession held by Nigerian-owned company Glo Mobile if it fails to launch commercial services this month. Glo Mobile was awarded its wireless licence in Ghana in 2008 but has been forced to cancel several planned launches over the past few years. The regulator now says the firm has until the end of April to begin operations or it will lose its concession.

- The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has stated that it may order network operators to disable counterfeit mobile phones at any point from May onwards. According to the watchdog almost 10% of the country’s wireless subscribers are using counterfeit handsets with duplicated or reprogrammed IMEI numbers. A previous deadline of December 2011 for the switch-off was put back so as to allow users time to switch to genuine handsets.

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