Telecoms News - In Brief


- Freetown: Bharti Airtel has been ranked amongst the top five firms in Corporate Reputation in India. The current ranking of companies is based on Nielsen Corporate Image Monitor, an annual survey conducted by the Nielsen Company, a spokesman of the company in an email to Greater Kashmir said.

- Telecommunications equipment maker Nokia Siemens has set up its African headquarters in Nairobi to oversee the growth of its business on the continent. The European giant is angling to take on Huawei, Ericsonn and ZTE as well as Alcatel Lucent who are already firmly established in Africa. Nokia Siemens relocation of its African operations from Dubai appear to be informed by the growing data market on the African continent which will require telecom operators to install equipment that can adapt to larger volumes of data while maintaining voice technology. Van Hemelen added that the company had increased its staff count in the country from 109 in 2009 to 220 in 2010 and would add another 30 employees mainly from Kenya. Besides radio equipment for networks, Nokia Siemens will also provide intelligent database management for operators' customers. Dimitri Diliani, the head of African operations said the company is wrapping up several deals already."The deals and the contracts are signed it is just a matter of the language," Diliani said. The company is also doing tests for 4G technology in different African countries.