Telecoms News - In Brief


- The World Bank has agreed to give Tanzania USD100 million to improve telecoms infrastructure in governmental buildings, improve access in rural parts of the country and boost registration systems, Reuters reports citing bank officials as saying. The funding forms part of a total of USD151 million approved to boost telecoms access in Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique. Although Tanzania was home to a total of 14 million mobile and fixed line users at the end of March this year, up from 13.1 million at 31 December 2008, access to the Internet, especially in rural areas, is patchy at best.

­South African's buying a prepay SIM card from today will need to provide proof of identity to the retailer under new legislation that has come into effect. The Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (RICA) requires mobile operators Cell C, MTN and Vodacom, as well as other service providers such as Nashua Mobile, Autopage and Virgin Mobile South Africa, to register on secure databases the identities, physical address and cellular phone numbers of new and existing customers who buy SIM cards.

- A new telecommunications interconnection framework that will see mobile phone providers in Uganda charge each other a similar fee when they carry the other’s traffic will come into force on Sept. 1. According to the statement, due for release on July 1, the retail rate will be fixed at $0.04.