In brief

13 October 2017

Telecoms

The ECOWAS Ministers in charge of ICT approved on 6th October 2017 in Praia, Cabo Verde, a regulation for free regional roaming amongst all ECOWAS Member States. The implementation will start at the beginning of 2018.

China International Telecommunication Construction Corporation (CITCC) and state-backed provider SCPT have completed the second phase of the national fibre-optic network project, with the completion of a 3,300km link connecting the capital Kinshasa with Kasumbalesa on the Zambian border. Agence Ecofin reports that construction was started in March 2014 and cost USD221 million, financed via an agreement with the China EXIM bank.

Modibo Arouna Toure, Mali’s Minister of Digital Economy and Communication, has presented the government with a ‘note conceptuelle’ (concept note) regarding the issuance of the country’s fourth mobile licence. Mr Toure pitched the new concession to the Council of Ministers, chaired by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on 5 October, setting out an operational timetable and a projected budget for the new concession.