Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Telkom Kenya has asked the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) to speed up the introduction of a network feature that enables consumers to retain their telephone number whenever they changed the service provider

- Rwandatel officially unveiled its new call centre facility worth Rwf1.2 billion as a way of improving service delivery. The new facility which will not only allow easy handling of bigger volumes of calls is also available for Rwandatel's partners for hire, the company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Patrick Kariningufu said. "We are very proud to make this significant investment right in our own backyard.

­ Zain Nigeria is expanding its existing 4,000 km nationwide fiber backbone network by a further 600km, and has awarded a contract to Nokia Siemens Networks for the expansion. Phase 2 will extend the fiber optic backbone, and will be delivered completely within a timeframe of six months.

- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has directed the Information and Communication Ministry to ensure that all mobile phone subscribers are registered before the end of the year. The President expressed concerns that the current increase in crime was being perpetuated through mobile telephony due to the fact that owners of mobile handsets and their SIM cards were not registered.

- While announcing the first half year results, Zain confirmed that it is conducting a strategic review of its African Assets with the aim of maximizing shareholders value. Dr Al Barrak further adding that, "We have received expression of interest from several parties/other operators to acquire Zain operations in Africa. The Board of Directors of Zain has been discussing such matters and will consider any proposals that may be submitted. Further announcements will be made in due course."