Telecoms News - In Brief


- Zimbabwe has paid part of its arrears for international telecommunications links, ending a week-long disruption to internet traffic that had hurt business and personal communications. Sources said here Saturday that TelOne, the government-run firm responsible for telecommunications gateway to the rest of the world, had accrued arrears of more than US$1 million on fees to service providers for internet connection, resulting in the country being switched off. TelOne made a partial payment of US$200,000 to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) after the intervention of Information, Communication and Technology Minister Nelson Chamisa on Friday.

- Warid Telecom has laid off 35 employees as it moves into the second phase of its operations in Uganda. Two senior expatriate officials, Tushar Maheshwari, the chief commercial officer, and Islam Shoukati, the head of sales, have also left.