Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- South Africa’s Vodacom says that it now has over 8 million customers on the African continent. There are 7.5 million Vodacom customers in South Africa, 200,000 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 380,000 in Tanzania and 67,000 customers in Lesotho.A year ago, there were 6 million Vodacom customers in South Africa. There were just 33,000 in the DRC, 150, 000 in Tanzania and 22, 000 customers in Lesotho.

- According to Maroc-Hebdo, the troubled Vivendi Universal group is looking for someone to buy its share in Maroc Telecom.

- The North African telecommunications market experienced 14 percent growth in 2002, after record growth in 2000 and 2001. The telecom services market in the region is expected to rebound to a 20 percent growth in 2003. The increase will be driven by a resumption of growth in the Egyptian telephony and mobile market, and a boom in Algeria and Tunisia’s mobile revenue, according to a recent IDC study.

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said the concession granted to Intercellular and other unlicensed mobile phone operators would soon be withdrawn.

- Botswana’s Mascom cellular company has donated a computer, a printer and a modem to Thuto Boswa Rehabilitation Centre in Ramotswa.