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- The Angolan minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology, José Carvalho da Rocha said that it is necessary to establish clearly, the limits, conduct, rights, obligations and duties of the diverse actors of the sector. The government official who was speaking at the seminar about the White Book of Telecommunications and the normative scenery adopted by the Executive, said that "through this policy tool there will be created conditions for establishing and developing mobile service market".

- Telecel Zimbabwe board chairperson Dr Jane Mutasa has filed a High Court application challenging Telecel International over her continued suspension as chairperson and director of the mobile phone operator. According to papers she filed at the High Court, Dr Mutasa is contending that the meeting called by Telecel Zimbabwe directors on March 19 this year in London to discuss her suspension and withdraw of her benefits was unlawful as it did not have a quorum.

- Egypt’s telecommunications minister Tarek Kamel as said that the country is unlikely to offer any new operating licenses, be they for mobile or fixed services, before 2013, Reuters reports. ‘Offering a second fixed line licence in the local market in the coming period has lost its economic merit in light of the drop in the number of fixed line users currently,’ Mr Kamel said.

- The Kenyan government has softened its stance on the controversial communications regulations it issued early in the year to the chagrin of smaller mobile phone operators. This is a big win for Safaricom, which felt targeted for curbs because of its success in an industry where it controls 78 per cent of the market.

- Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah, has identified counterfeit handsets as a major issue that affects the quality of service in the telecommunications sector. Speaking at a one-day roundtable on counterfeit devices organised by Nokia Nigeria, Dr. Juwah said one of the findings by a task force set up by the commission to look into the issue of quality of service recently, was that a lot of the phones in use in the country are counterfeited, therefore of low quality.

- Egypt’s fixed line incumbent Telecom Egypt (TE) is reportedly mulling the option of setting up a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), according to Reuters, citing local press reports. While TE already holds a 45% stake in the country’s second largest cellco by subscribers, Vodafone Egypt, it is believed that it is considering the MVNO venture as a way to become more involved in the country’s mobile sector, prompted in part by continued fixed to mobile substitution.


- Vodacom South Africa has conceded that it intends to bid for spectrum in the 2.6GHz range when it is made available.