Telecoms News - In Brief


- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has decided on an interconnect dispute between MTN Nigeria Communications and Globacom Limited. NCC has ruled that Globacom is indebted to MTN in a dispute over interconnect debt totalling about N900 million. NCC has issued a deadline of May 15, 2009 to Globacom to meet its payment obligations to MTN Nigeria.

- The Nigeria Communication Commission will soon issue licensing for slots on the 2.3 Hz National Frequency to four operating companies at the cost of N5.47 billion. The commission received over 40 applications for the 4 licenses from 2006 to date the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Engr Ernest Ndukwe has said. He said each of the four slots has 20 Mhz in the 2.3 GHz frequency band.

- Arab and foreign experts and technicians in broadcasting, satellite exploitation and mobile telephony have been brought together at the headquarters of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) in Tunis to discuss the prospects of developing mobile television in the Arab region. The seminar, jointly organized by the ASBU and the Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization (AICTO), is meant for technicians of Arab broadcasting institutions and will focus mainly on the project of mobile TV in the Arab region through the Internet Protocol (IP).

- South Africa’s Telkom has sold a 75% stake in Telkom Media to Chinese company Shenzen Media.