Telecoms news - In Brief

Telecoms

- 19 companies have acquired tender documents for an international public tender for Mozambique’s third mobile licence, according to the director-general of the country’s National Communications Institute (INCM). Those reported to be interested include Zain of Kuwait, Portugal Telecom and France Telecom. Americo Muchanga said that the number of potential bidding companies was ‘very positive’, adding that the deadline for submitting bids is 21 June.

- Aggrieved employees of the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) and MTEL have stormed the Ministry of Information and Communications protesting the non-payment of salary for over 25 months.

- In Uganda, members of Parliament on the information technologies committee have agreed with the Government that all telephone subscribers are to be registered within six months. This will be done in accordance with the interception of Communications Bill.

- Kenya’s telecoms industry regulator has decided on Netherlands-based firm, Porting Access BV, to manage the rollout of mobile number portability (MPN) in the country, as from July 2010.