Telecoms News - In Brief


- Turkey’s largest mobile operator by subscribers Turkcell has announced that it will bid for a licence to provide fixed line and mobile telephony in Libya. In a statement to the Istanbul stock exchange the cellco revealed its intention to take part in the tender either directly or as part of a consortium.

- Tanzania has become the first country in East Africa to start registering cellular phone sim cards. The move is aimed at curbing misuse and keeping track of the owners. The six-month exercise that began this month will be difficult but all cellular phone firms would have to meet the December 31 deadline.

- MTN has been named the telecom company of the year again at the African Business Awards. MTN won the inaugural African Business Awards as the African Business of the Year last year. The award, which was presented to MTN in London by the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) during the African Business Awards, recognises the impact the company has made on the industry and its workforce, the community and on the economy as a whole.

- The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has set July 25 as the closing date for submissions regarding the second draft terrestrial broadcasting frequency plan. The Authority received comments on the first draft which have now been incorporated into the second draft. Interested parties are therefore requested to submit further written representations on the second draft terrestrial broadcasting frequency plan,” ICASA said in a statement.