Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- The Mozambican government has launched an international tender to license a third mobile phone operator. See section “Jobs and Opportunities” below for the full details.

- Bharti Airtel Limited will base its Africa headquarters in Kenya's Nairobi according to Mr Manoj Kohli, chief executive of international operations.

- Zamtel management has said the company has been preparing its employees for possible retrenchment so that the workers could contribute to the economic growth of the company even after being separated from the institution as a result of the pending privatisation.

- The telecommunications regulatory body, the National Communications Institute of Mozambique (INCM), has recognised that the quality of the two mobile phone networks in the country is deteriorating. According to INCM managing director Americo Muchanga, neither the publicly-owned M-Cel nor its South African rival Vodacom are providing services with the desirable quality. To change this situation, the government, in partnership with the INCM, has been drawing up a set of regulations on quality of service, which will oblige the phone operators to meet certain standards. Muchanga said these regulations should be approved by the Council of Ministers (the Cabinet) by June.

- African mobile services provider Sicap has rolled out a series of mobile money services available on specifically designed ATMs. The ATMs can be deployed as a prepaid credit channel to the 95 percent African mobile users who use prepaid subscriptions and top up on a daily basis. They can also be used for money remittance services with cash withdrawals enabled, or connected to CRM platforms for automated customer care, as well as set up as a means for the unbanked to settle their utility bills.