Telecoms News - In Brief


- After a four-year wait, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is on track to release regulations governing the awarding of scarce spectrum by the end of the month, it says. Local telecoms providers had all but given up hope of ever seeing the regulations on spectrum in the 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz bands, which many of the local telcos need or want to develop WiMax and LTE networks.

- In Zimbabwe, mobile phone operators have started implementing per second billing in response to a directive by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe for a billing system that is fairer for customers.

- Tanzania will soon launch a service through which medicines and other medical supplies being distributed in rural areas can easily be monitored using mobile phones. Health and Social Welfare Minister Professor David Mwakyusa said the service, code-named SMS for Life largely targets rural areas and described it as one of the latest innovations in the country's health sector.

- In Nigeria, state coordinator of the National Environmental Standards Regulation and Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Isa Abdulsalam said the organisation would soon start examining the telecommunication masts in residential areas in Nasarawa State to determine if they were injurious to the health of residents.

- German-based ICT consultancy DeTeCon International has been awarded a contract by Angola Telecom to restructure the state-owned telco’s operations. According to a press release, reported by South African news site ITweb, the main areas of intervention for DeTeCon will be ‘in the context of more effective development of Angolan telecommunications, including quality of service, tariffs, revenue and investments, traffic, number of subscribers, organisation, training and human resources.’ DeTeCon is a subsidiary of T-Systems International, part of the Deutsche Telekom group.