Telecoms News - In Brief


- Senegalese mineral-water producer Kirene is to launch an MVNO in the country under the brand name Kirene Mobile, according to local reports. The Kirene Mobile service, which will be hosted on the network of Orange Senegal, will be only the second MVNO on the African continent, after Virgin Mobile South Africa. Senegal’s telecoms regulator told Informa Telecoms & Media that it had approved Kirene’s partnership agreement with Orange, allowing it to launch services. A specific MVNO license is not required in Senegal. Kirene was advised by France-based MVNO specialist, Transatel.

- Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Communication, Dora Akunyili has requested President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua for her ministry to be given supervisory control over the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the nation’s IT Policy implementing agency and Galaxy Backbone Plc, the government-owned technology company that was set up to wire all Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

- Namibia’s Information and Communications Technology Minister Joel Kaapanda has introduced the long-awaited 95-page Communications Bill in Parliament which allows 'Big Brother' to intercept all electronic communication - using sophisticated hardware and software.

- Fourth largest mobile operator in Nigeria, Visafone, has said that it would spend between $300 million and $400 million in the next two years for its network expansion. Specifically, the network expansion will involve the building of a backbone that will traverse the 36 states of the federation. It will begin from the South-East; navigate through parts of South-South before hitting the Lagos end of South-West. After this, it will move up North via Abuja. On the whole, about 3000 kilometres distance will be covered.