Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- The Nigerian Communications Commission has postponed the deadline for SIM card registration from 1 March 2010 to 1 May 2010. According to NCC, the postponement became necessary following the discovery that large quantities of SIM cards with instant activation features, which were already distributed by the service providers before the earlier announcement, would not have been cleared out before 1 March 2010. In a parallel news, Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ernest Ndukwe, has assured that the commission would commence implementation of number porting across networks before the end of the year.

- In Sierra Leone, a joint technical committee comprising the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) and the Independent Media Commission (IMC) was formed with the responsibility of meeting regularly to advice the boards of the two institutions on technical issues in the allocation of frequencies and the issuing of licenses to radio stations.

- Prices for information and communication technology (ICT) services are falling worldwide, yet broadband Internet remains outside the reach of many in poor countries, ITU says in its Measuring the Information Society 2010 report. The IDI combines 11 indicators into a single measure that can be used as a benchmarking tool globally, regionally, and at national level, as well as helping track progress over time. It measures ICT access, use and skills, and includes such indicators as households with a computer, the number of fixed broadband Internet subscribers, and literacy rates.

- The Supreme Court adjourned to March 9, the sale of Ghana Telecom (GT) to Vodafone International Holdings BV case. This was after the nine-member panel had found that the High Court which referred the matter to it had not complied with the rules of the court.

- Telkom Kenya is headed for showdown with local mobile developers after petitioning the government to prosecute people who reprogram handsets. Telkom Kenya has the right to market the iPhone in Kenya, but the market has been flooded with phones from other regions that are reprogrammed to use local networks, cutting into expected sales.