In Brief

Telecoms

- Senegalese telecoms regulator Agence de Regulation des Telecoms et Postes (ARTP) has extended the deadline for mandatory SIM card registration to 18 August 2013 from 31 July 2013, in the wake of requests from local mobile operators. In a release, the watchdog urged all cell phone users in the country to take advantage of the extension, reminding them that the process is free.   Orange Senegal, Tigo Senegal and Sudatel Senegal (Expresso) have deployed teams across the country to help complete the process.

- Rwanda’s telecoms regulator the Rwanda Utilities Authority (RURA) has announced that a total of 485,867 SIM cards were disconnected following the expiration of the deadline for the SIM registration process, 92.6% of all subscribers registered their SIM cards before the closing date of 31 July; 90.1% of MTN Rwanda’s subscribers registered their SIMs, equivalent to 3.29 million users, 96.4% (1.92 million) of Tigo Rwanda’s subscriber base met the deadline, while Airtel Rwanda stated that a total of 94.4% or 900,110 users registered their SIMs by 31 July.

- The President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, Lanre Ajayi, on Tuesday said that the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) was not a prerequisite to quality telecommunication. Ajayi said that the factors such as multiple taxation and vandalism of telecoms infrastructure leads to poor service. He, however, said that the operators needed to invest more in infrastructure and upgrade their networks to improve quality of service.