Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

The Mauritanian regulator, the ARE, has issued on January 23rd a call for interest for the provision of a monitoring system for international inbound voice calls. For our readers who are following this issue, click here to read the call (in French only)

Portuguese newspaper Diario Economico reports that Portugal Telecom-backed CV Movel is bidding for a 3G licence in Cape Verde. An official source from Portugal Telecom told the paper that the bid on the tender was submitted on 31 January, but declined to disclose the value of the planned investments in the island nation. Portugal Telecom has a 40% stake in CV Movel. Other bidders taking part in the 3G auction are T+ and Cabo TLC de Sao Vicente. Cape Verde's telecommunications regulator ANAC will announce the result of the tender in March.

Brymedia, the third place bid winner in the privatisation of the Nitel and its mobile arm, Mtel, has offered $600m for a 75 per cent stake of NITEL. According to local newspaper This Day, Brymedia whose Chief Executive Officer is Adrian Wood, has the money to pay and will complete the full payment for Nitel in less than three months, if given the go ahead.

Chief Executive Officer of Green Network Sierra Leone has announced that the company will launch commercial services in April this year. Glo is scheduled to launch in Ghana in June 2011.

The SIM card registration process driven by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has formally begun with the signing, yesterday, of a Memorandum of Understanding between the commission and seven firms, which are to do the exercise on behalf of the government. The seven contracting partners which will handle the registration process in different parts of the country are: SW Global, PNN, JKK, DATAGROUPIT, EAGLE/CBC and E-Kenneth/SageMetrics.

Telkom South Africa is again planning to offer employees voluntary retrenchment and early retirement packages in a bid to cut costs. The telecommunications company offered severance to managerial staff last year. In notes accompanying its interim results for the six months to September 2010, Telkom said 186 people opted to take a package at the time.