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Mobile phone subscribers in Ghana would soon sigh for relief as changing mobile phone networks without losing one’s number is becoming possible. The NCA says it would launch the MNP system in July 2011. The system to be implemented in Ghana, according to Mr. Joshua K. Peprah, Director, Regulatory Administration at the NCA is “recipient network driven”. What this means, he says, is that the network that the subscriber is switching to is the one to initiate the move. “The subscriber only has to go to the recipient network, or the network he or she wants to switch to and the switch is initiated at that point.”

Further falls in mobile calling tariffs in Kenya could force the Treasury to take measures to curb the trend, Information and Communications PS Bitange Ndemo has said. But the PS says that for now, the government does not intend to interfere with mobile communications market.

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the payment of the outstanding staff entitlements of N33.4 billion due to the ex-staff of Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) and its mobile arm-Mtel. The payments, to be effected in two installments in March and May 2011, will commence next week.

Airtel Kenya has partnered with Kenya Data Networks (KDN) to upgrade its transmission network in readiness for the launch of its third generation network. Under the five year partnership, KDN will inter-link airtel sites through its extensive countrywide fibre optic network.

MTN Uganda has threatened to terminate its interconnection agreement with Uganda Telecom (UTL) over the latter’s UGS20 billion (USD8.28 million) debt. The money is said to have accumulated over a period of three years. The move will mean that UTL’s 1.75 million customers will not be able to make calls to MTN customers and vice versa. According to MTN the cancellation will take effect on 14 March. Themba Khumalo, CEO at MTN Uganda, said his company had tried all possible means to recover the debt, to no avail.