Telecoms News - In Brief


- Mobile phone subscribers who will fail to register their SIM cards by the end of this year, will be locked out of the country's communication system, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority said.

- Nigeria’s Minister of information and communications, Prof Dora Akunyili has said that after reviewing the existing telecommunications policy, the Federal Government has decided to bring in a new policy that will reshape the telecommunication sector in Nigeria.

­A court under the control of a Somali Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab has ordered four young men suspected of stealing guns and mobile phones to have a hand and a leg amputated, but the punishment was postponed. An al-Shabab spokesman told the Associated Press the sentence would be carried out but was delayed because of fears the men could bleed to death in the hot weather. The human rights organization Amnesty International has condemned the amputation sentences as a violation of international law.