Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- The Ghana Telecom University College (GTUC) in collaboration with Rising Data Solutions (RDS) have entered into agreement to provide training for Ghanaian students in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) to create a special BPO-driven course designed to help schools excel in BPO-based skills.

- Galaxy Wireless Communications Limited (GWCL) has denied petitioning President Umar Musa Yar'Adua or any person either directly or indirectly regarding the recent controversial licensing of national frequencies in the 2.3GHz band by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The statement signed by the manager, media relations of the company, Joy Idoko reiterated that it will not be making any further statements on the issue, because the matter had now been referred to its solicitors.

- The issues with number portability have re-surfaced again, one year after they were put in the cooler. This time round, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the industry regulator, is pushing for its implementation against the collective wishes of telecom operators, who are asking for time to enable them settle issues of interconnectivity, robust infrastructure and billing method before the implementation of number portability. The NCC, which does not believe in further delay in the implementation of the scheme, last week, called for submission of proposals on the regulatory, legal and technical framework for the implementation of number portability in Nigeria. The call was an extension of time for proposals submission, to June 19, 2009, having earlier advertised for the implementation of number portability.

- Angola Telecom is rolling out optical fibre cables in stadiums that will host matches of the African Nations Cup (CAN2010) in the cities of Luanda, Benguela, Lubango and Cabinda.