Telecoms News - In Brief


*ITNews Africa reports that Tanzania’s first independently owned tower company, Eaton Tanzania, has opened for business in the capital, Dar Es Salaam. The newcomer will build and manage towers to support domestic mobile operators in an industry which is forecast to reach 33 million subscribers in the next four years. ‘This is a very exciting time for the mobile industry in Tanzania, which is set for rapid growth. We are open for business now and ready with our extensive expertise and local experience to partner with mobile operators,’ said David Hunter, country manager of Eaton Towers Tanzania. ‘We’ll manage their towers and help them rapidly roll out new sites so that they can focus on their customers whilst reaping the compelling economic benefits of tower sharing without having to make any additional capital expenditure,’ he added.
* Angolan CDMA-based mobile network operator Movicel is formulating a plan to switch to GSM/UMTS technology to compete better with its rival Unitel, a company source told news agency ANGOP. The source claimed that further information on the future strategy would be presented in an upcoming press conference, along with other development plans for the cellco. Movicel provides CDMA2000-based services in all 18 of Angolan provinces, and also offers 3G 1xEV-DO-based services. Unitel, the larger operator by subscribers, operates a GSM network with national scope in addition to 3G W-CDMA/HSDPA-based services. Movicel is 80% privately-owned by domestic, Chinese and Brazilian investors; state-run fixed line operator Angola Telecom retains an 18% stake and national postal operator Correios de Angola has 2%.
* Lagos — Nigeria's national carrier, Globacom has disclosed that it is not pulling out of Ghana. Glo will launch its operations in Ghana and ensure that every part of Ghana is covered with an excellent network. He emphasised that "we are not worried and even if it takes three months, Ghana will go live. Globacom had in May been reported to be considering withdrawing its services from Ghana.
*The Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh Saturday presided over the official inauguration of Qcell House, the headquarters of mobile telecommunication giant company, Qcell, located along Kairaba Avenue. The company is owned by Muhammed Jah, a young Gambian entrepreneur.