IN BRIEF:

Telecoms

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given 'notice to issue direction' to all GSM operators in the country to suspend free calls and other promos being run by the operators" until the quality of service is improved."

- Tunisia is set to introduce a second national fixed operator before the end of this year following instructions from President Ben Ali to speed up tendering process.

- Côte d’Ivoire’s telecoms regulator, the Agence de télécommunications de Côte d’Ivoire has announced new rules to account for mobile subscribers. Any mobile user which has received or made a phone call in the last three months will be considered as an active subscribers. According to this new rule, Orange and MTN respectively have for 2,001,328 and 1,975,012 subscribers as of 31 March 2007

- The ongoing trial of the former Managing Director of The Gambia Telecommunications Company (GAMTEL) Omar Ndow has been suspended again. Omar Ndow is standing trial on two counts: alleged disobedience of statutory duty, contrary to section 115 of the Criminal Code; and alleged abuse of office, contrary to section 90 of the Criminal Code.

- Locating companies and their contact details will become easier for Botswana’s mobile users with  the  launch of  “Locate Easy”  which allows Mascom and Orange subscribers to dial names of companies they wish to locate and send them to 15050, which in turn responds by giving complete contact details, including location, addresses, website, email, services offered and other information entities may wish to include.

- Nitel workers have filed a suit against the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) over their pensions. The bureau had entered into an agreement to pay all the staff five years pension before the sale of the company, but the Agency later reneged and decided to pay according to length of service.