Telecoms News - In Brief


- Following Celtel and MTN, Orange has launched its borderless network in West Africa enabling customers to keep their phone number and harmonising calling rates when they travel in the following countries: Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Guinea, Guinea- Bissau and Senegal.

- Safaricom and Telkom Kenya signed a short message service (SMS) interconnection agreement covering a six months. Things have been frosty between the two firms over the last one month as Telkom reported Safaricom to the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), accused it of anti-competitive behaviour, and abuse of its dominant market position.

- In Benin, mobile operator Moov (with majority shareholding belonging to Atlantique Telecom and Etissalat) has come under public administration following a court order that seeks to protect the minority shareholders (Telecel and Sarci) rights in the future of the company.

- ICASA’s (says Independent Communications Authority of SA) Chairman Paris Mashile has declared that value-added network service (VANS) providers wishing to receive similar licences to those of the incumbent telcos during the licence conversion process will have to meet technical and financial criteria.

- A Chinese owned firm, A-Link technologies has opened a mobile phone assembling plant in Rwanda with its eyes on the East African Community market. The parent company, China link (C-Link) has branches in Dubai, Hong Kong and Nairobi, Kenya.

- South African-based company Evosat, which distributes Inmarsat’s Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service across Africa, has secured a major deal which will see satellite communication costs to provide simultaneous voice and. On the back of the dramatically revised cost structure that Evosat has negotiated with Inmarsat, Nashua Mobile is to become the first cellphone service provider to offer mobile satellite communication services to its client base, making it possible to cost-effectively access even the remotest parts of Africa.

- Apple’s popular iPhone will not be coming to South Africa says local Apple distributor company Core. This is a decision from the USA and outside of Core’s control.