In brief:

Telecoms

- Kenya’s telecoms regulator the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has announced that the country’s four cellcos – Safaricom, Zain, Econet and Orange – will be required to start offering mobile number portability (MNP) from July. The move marks the beginning of the end of a protracted and repeatedly delayed process.

- Ghana’s Minister of Communications, Hon Huruna Iddrissu, says the National Communication Authority (NCA) in conjunction with the country’s telecoms industry operators will define the technical parameters for the smooth implementation of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) which comes into force next year. The minister says testing of the equipment involved will commence in June this year, adding that the government hopes MNP will foster healthy competition in the market.

- In Nigeria, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has banned the use of cell phones in examination hall by candidates. Registrar and Chief Executive of the Board Professor Dibu Ojerinde said over the years, candidates have always smuggled in GSM phones loaded with answers into the examination hall and warned that the full weight of the examination malpractice law would be brought to bear on whoever is caught with such incriminating materials.

- Maroc Telecom, the major wireless and wireline telecom operator in Morocco has announced the launch of Mobi Cash powered by Comviva, a provider of mobile solutions.

- Incumbent operator Telkom South Africa and mobile operator MTN South Africa has announced that they have reached agreement on nationwide roaming. At the same time, Telkom also announced plans to build 2,000 base stations over the next two years as part of its strategy to launch wireless operations. Telkom has suffered profit declines from its core business after selling its stake in mobile group Vodacom in 2009. The company says it will invest ZAR6 billion (USD82 million) over the next five years to launch a new mobile business.