Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Much news from the "don’t frighten the horses" department: Felix Owusu-Adjapong, Ghanaian Communications Minister, insisted that no decision had been made to cut jobs at Ghana Telecom by Telenor and that all speculation about possible job losses was without foundation. The Bureau of Public Enterprises said that there would be no job losses at NITEL. It said that new management contractor Pentascope would only provide personnel for about 20 key positions in NITEL.

- End2End has been selected by Vodafone Egypt to provide a turnkey managed service solution for all content download services for Vodafone live! in Egypt.

- Alcatel clinched a 675 million euro contract to build a turnkey fixed line and mobile phone network for Nigerian telecom carrier Globacom. The network will provide infrastructure with capacity for two million users in 75 cities in Nigeria.

- SA’s electronic payments company, Prism Holdings, the has become the eighth member of the global SIMalliance, joining the world’s leading SIM card manufacturers to ensure that SIM technology supports open and interoperable solutions for mobile services.

- Telspec, a UK-based telecommunications equipment company, has been awarded a new digital pair gain contract from Egypt, for delivery in 2003. An additional 100,000 telephone lines have been awarded and will be made available throughout the country to increase existing infrastructure in major cities rural areas.

-Algerie Telecom (AT) has selected Sweden’s Ericsson to install its second GSM network. The $162.3 million contract will establish 700,000 lines, providing services to 12 of Algeria’s 48 provinces. The deal has a target date of completion set for August 2003.