Telecoms news - In Brief


- After almost two months of silence, the Acting Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Engr. Steven Bello, said his major focus was to complete the on-going projects initiated by his predecessor, Engr. Ernest Ndukwe. Bello also announced that having flagged-off the SIM Card Registration project, his administration would review the processes designed to flag-off the Number Portability programme to widen the frontiers of choice available to telecom consumers.

- Workers at Nitel have protested again in Abuja and threatened to cripple telecoms operations countrywide over the non-payment of their salary for 25 months.

- Sierra Leone's leading GSM operator, Africell mobile company has unveiled its mobile registration unit to register sim cards of subscribers across the country. Africell's administrative and human resource director, Abdul Aziz Gabisi told journalists that the mobile registration unit would fast track sim card registration, adding, "We will take sim card registration to the door step of our subscribers."

- MTN Nigeria has announced the achievement of ISO 9001:2008 certification for upholding the highest quality standards in its efforts to provide seamless communication to its subscribers. MTN perhaps becomes the first telecommunications company in Nigeria to achieve this feat.

- Angola Telecom interrupted its international telephone and internet services on15th May and 16th according to Angop. According to an Angola Telecom's note, the suspension comes due to the routine maintenance to be conducted, between Cote d'Ivoire and South Africa, on the system of submarine cable SAT-3 in order to ensure better operation of the system.