Telecoms News - In Brief

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- The Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASIMRA), an agency of the Lagos State Government, empowered to regulate telecom masts and cable laying, has taken steps to put an end to underground cable destruction in the state. The agency said it has entered into discussions with contractors handling various road projects in the state, aimed at finding a lasting solution to the problem of cable destruction during earth excavation.

- The Communications Authority of Zambia (CAZ) has given K330 million to Macha Linknet of Southern Province as part of the authority's programme to finance deployment of rural multi purpose telecentres. CAZ had set aside K1 billion under the universal access programme to finance the rural tele-centres in an effort to accord the rural populace affordable information communication technology (ICT) facilities.

­Tanzania's government has joined the growing trend for countries to require all PrePay SIM cards to be registered with the network operators, citing the usual reasons of crime and terrorism. The Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Prof. Peter Msolla, said the government would soon table a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a Central Equipment Identification Register (CEIR).