Telecoms News - In Brief


- The local subsidiary of the UK’s BT Group has been awarded a full telecommunications licence in South Africa, allowing it to expand its existing range of business network services in the country. Prior to the award BT South Africa had been operating under a Value Added Network Services (VANS) licence. Keith Matthews, country manager of BT South Africa, commented: ‘The new licences will allow us to further expand our portfolio and offer a comprehensive range of networked IT services to our existing and new customers.’

- SEACOM has announced that the first portions of deepwater cable are now resting on the seabed of the Indian Ocean and Red Sea. The cable has been laid from the edge of the South African waters to Mozambique and cable laying is also proceeding in the Red Sea from Egypt towards the coast of Yemen. A third ship is currently being loaded with the remainder of SEACOM’s deepwater cable which will be deployed from India towards Africa, where these three cable segments will be joined.

- The Zambian government has announced it will introduce unified licenses to cater to diverse telecommunications operations including mobile telephony, Internet services, satellite transmission, broadcasting and other related technologies.