Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has said it would soon license separate private companies to install telecom infrastructure for co-location.

This, it said, was to create some sanity in the mounting of telecom masts across the country and also free the hands of the operators to concentrate on providing quality service. By the end of the first quarter of this year, there were about 3,000 telecom masts across the country, comprising 1,652 for MTN, 699 for TIGO, 378 for Vodafone, 250 for Zain and 112 for Kasapa.

- Trade unions of Senegalese telecoms incumbent Sonatel warned the local authorities that they will launch a strike to protest against France Telecom raising its stake in the company to 52.2%. France Telecom reached an agreement with the Senegalese government on 8 April to buy further 9.87% stake in Sonatel from the state. The government would still own 17.28% in Sonatel after the deal.