Telecoms News - In Brief


Airtel Kenya is set to roll out its 3G network in April, raising the stakes in the battle for the Internet market. The firm's low cost strategy targets the mass market, with the planned network set to offer high speed mobile internet access, mobile video conferencing and videophone, among other services which it cannot provide with its 2.5G system.

Telecommunications operators in Nigeria have registered 11 million SIM cards so far in the past months, as part of the Federal Government's effort to shore up security in the communication space. The number of connected lines in Nigeria is currently put at 110 million with 80 million active subscribers with a teledensity of 53 per cent. The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Eugene Juwah, has also disclosed that number portability will commence in the country in May this year.

Red Bull’s plans to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in South Africa, piggybacking off Cell C’s network, could be the first of many such entrants, analysts say. Rumours are circulating that another MVNO, backed by an airline, could follow the energy-drinks company’s entry in the market. Also, a well-placed industry source says Cell C is creating a platform to house MVNOs and is actively pursuing opportunities.