Telecoms News - In Brief


  - The South African Communications Department plans to conduct a study in the coming financial year on the feasibility of introducing a fourth cellphone operator. Communications chief financial officer Harry Mathobathe said the expansion of the number of operators would depend on the economy and the market’s ability to accommodate another player.

- Zimbabwe’s leading mobile phone operator, Econet Wireless (EWL), is to issue more contract lines in the near future to boost its market share and quality of service. More than 60 percent of the company’s revenue was generated from contract lines, which constituted 25 percent of its business, with the remainder coming from recharge card services.

- Bluefish Technologies has signed a contract to supply SIM cards to Namibia’s GSM network, MTC.

- Africell, the only Private GSM company in The Gambia, has released its latest list of new roaming partners, which include: Thuraya Satellite network, Etisalat UAE, MTS Russia, Sonofon Denmark, and Saudi Telecom.