Telecoms News - In Brief


- Nigeria’s MTS moves towards attaining its March target for the launch of it First Wireless’ 700,000 voice and data lines and 3,000 kilometers of long distance communication facilities across the country with the arrival last week of equipment that will assist in its implementation.Eight cities, beginning from Lagos, will benefit in the first phase of the roll out of MTS’ CDMA 2000 1X technology which is the latest wireless phone technology.

- Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Transport and Communications has ruled out the much-publicised introduction of a fourth mobile cellular operator in the near future. According to the Herald, Dr Witness Mangwende’s statement flies in the face of efforts by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe aimed at accommodating a fourth operator.

- The subscriber base of Egypt’s state-owned fixed line monopoly Telecom Egypt has reached 7.7 million in January 2003. This constitutes 57 percent growth over October 1999, when the company’s fixed line subscribers amounted to 4.9 million. The number of Telecom Egypt’s wireless subscribers currently stands at 4.5 million.

- A regional Information Technology (IT) Association aimed at strengthening information technologies in Eastern and Southern Africa was launched in Addis Ababa last Friday. The launching of Association of Regulators of Information and Communication for Eastern and Southern Africa (ARICEA) is being preceded by a three-day capacity building workshop.