Telecoms News - In Brief

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The Nigerian government has directed mobile operators that all new SIMs must now be placed on ‘receive only’ in a new hard line stance by the telecoms regulator to ensure compliance with the ongoing nationwide subscriber registration. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) issued the directive to operators that new SIMs released into their distribution and sales channels must not be activated to make calls until their users have been registered. Following the regulatory order, all new SIMs released into the market can only make calls to emergency lines and operators’ call centres over a 30-day period. The SIM will be rendered inactive if the user does not register within the 30-day period.

Kenya’s government has temporarily banned all Short Message Service-based lotteries that have been raking in millions of shillings in recent months. The ban came as it emerged that the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) had launched investigations into the activities of the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) following complaints from industry players.

Telecoms regulator, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA), has issued an enforcement notice to telecom operator, Rwandatel, after the company allegedly failed to comply with its license requirements.

Angola: The privately-owned mobile phone company (UNITEL) has signed an agreement to expand its data roaming service to France.

Airtel Scoops Two Global Mobile Awards with the Best Mobile Money Product or solution and the Best Customer Care & Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

The government of Burundi plans to privatise its state-owned national fixed, mobile and internet service provider Office National des Telecommunications (Onatel) before the end of the year. The move is the latest attempt by the government to sell off a stake in the operator, which faces intense competition in its home market.