Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Telkom Kenya is set to start trial runs for its mobile telephony network in two weeks in a move that sets the stage for bruising battle for control of the local mobile telephony market.

- The new Minister of ICT in Guinea, Tibou Kamara, has announced that he will support the set up of a regulataory body overseeing the telecommunication sector.

- Celtel, Comium, Africell and Tigo have formed an alliance in Sierra Leone. The motive of forming an Association of GSM Operators in the country was to ensure a proper working relationship among mobile communication service providers. In the short term, the association has called for a review of the country's international gateway. Sierratel's exclusive control over operating the gateway is due to expire on 3 August. 'The association expects that the review process will be open and transparent.

- Transcorp, core investor in the Nigeria’s former incumbent Nitel said its decision to send Nitel management staff on administrative leave is part of its critical initiative to return the company to profitability.

- Tunisia’s National Frequency Agency (NFA), has been certified ISO 9001, the 2000 version, after having been able to set up a quality management system in compliance with the required international standards in this field.

- Dovetel Limited, Tanzania’s latest telecoms entrant, announced the launch of its services in the capital Dar es Salaam. Dovetel has been granted a Network Facility Infrastructure Licence, a Network Service Licence, an Application Service Licence and frequency spectrum to use Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology. The newcomer hopes to develop products and services to fill gaps in the Tanzanian telecoms market.