Telecoms News - In Brief


- MTN has turned down the offer of a licence to operate in Tanzania and would not attempt any more foreign expansion until it has completely conquered its Nigerian operations, the company said last week.

- Telkom Kenya last week set the stage for a bitter legal duel with AOL Time Warner, vowing not to pay a Sh12.9 million debt it allegedly owes the latter in advertisement costs. The state-owned company denied ever entering into an advertising agreement with AOL in 1999.

- The Kenyan Government has no immediate plans to privatise Telkom Kenya said Planning and National Development minister Anyang Nyong’o. Instead it would be revamped to prepare it for privatisation.

- During the first year of the Commission for Communication of Kenya’s existence, the communications sector contributed over US$ 77 million to the exchequer through licensing.