Telecoms News - In Brief


- The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has contacted Vodafone over its controversial deal to buy the majority stake in the former Ghana Telecom, Ghana’s national telecom company. The Financial Times reports that Richard Alderman, director of the SFO has spoken by telephone to Stephen Scott, head of Vodafone’s legal affairs last week. According to the report the SFO has not launched an investigation into the deal, but is monitoring allegations of irregularities that have been made in Ghana.

- Indian state-run telecoms operator Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) has launched a USD20 million global tender as it seeks to improve the network infrastructure of its Mauritian mobile unit MTML (Mahanagar Telephone Mauritius Ltd). The tender includes the installation and commissioning of 200,000 mobile lines, broken down into two phases: the first one for 100,000 2G lines and the second comprising 50,000 2G lines and 50,000 3G lines.

- Working with the Millennium Villages Project, collaboration between The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Millennium Promise and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ericsson and Zain have deployed mobile communications services in the Amansie-West district of the Ashanti region of Ghana. The Bonsaaso cluster of Millennium Villages consists of 6 distinct villages namely; Bonsaaso, Watreso, Datano, Keniago, Takorase and Asamang, with an estimated population of 5,000 residents per village. These villages are in a largely rural area of the country and are some of the poorest regions of Ghana.

- Libya signed nine contracts with international equipment manufacturers in communication for the completion of the second phase of the cables of the next generation system and the procurement of the electronic equipment for optic fibre cables network of 13,000 km.

- Togo might permanently suspend the contract with mobile phone operator giant Moov unless a deal is concluded in negotiations. The director-general of Togo's posts and telecommunication regulation authority ARPT, Massina Palouki, told national television that there might be permanent suspension in the coming days of the Moov contract from the country.