Telecoms News - In Brief


- South Africa’s regulator ICASA is pointing out that although the 2.4 to 2.5 GHz band has become very popular to provide connections between users and computer networks, it can only be used without the required telecommunications licences if specific conditions are adhered to, beyond which it will amount to a number of contraventions of the Telecommunications Act, some of which are criminal offences.

- Angolan mobile operator Unitel has launched its new roaming service, initially offering coverage in Portugal but will add other countries.

- France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications is extending its range of mobile satellite services by marketing Thuraya, a hand-held satellite telephone. Thuraya’s footprint covers 99 countries in the Indian sub-continent, Central Asia, Middle East, central and northern Africa and Europe

- MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, the pioneer GSM operator in Nigeria, has suspended the sale of its most popular package, the ‘Pay As You Go’ starter packs (SIM packs). It blamed the need to cope with surging demand.

- Celtel Uganda this week launched its coverage in Kumi, Pallisa, Kapchorwa, Iganga, Bugiiri and Kamuli districts. Next on the expansion map is Lira, Gulu, Nebbi, Paraa, Kabale, Fort Portal, and Kisoro.

- The results of a coverage evaluation of Algerie Telecom by the regulator, RPT shows that it is not meeting its regulatory targets. It reveals the following levels of coverage: Skikda (88.42%), Oran (72.73%), Alger (70.13%), Tizi Ouzou (22.22%), Setif (9.59%).