Telecoms News - In Brief


- Telecom operators in Nigeria warned of impending failure in their networks in some parts of Katsina if the state government goes ahead to close over 600 telecoms cell sites in various locations in the state. The Katsina State government is threatening to close the sites which belong to 10 of the GSM service providers in the state for their alleged inability to pay the five year backlog of outdoor advertisement revenue charges accrued to the state.

- The High Court has stopped Porting Access Kenya Ltd from further accusing Safaricom Ltd of sabotaging mobile number portability. The order was issued after Safaricom formally filed a suit against Porting Access and Musimba for reputational damage and economic sabotage on statements made in regard to the ongoing porting process.

- Togo will adopt 8-digit numbers, this August 7, a measure which become necessary with the boom in mobile telephony. Togo Cellular subscribers will add 90, 91 or 92 before their current number and those of Moov, 98 or 99.

- On May 17th, the ITU will celebrate the 146th anniversary of its establishment in 1865 and the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day to raise awareness of the full potential of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) for the benefit of people everywhere, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

- Reuters reports that wireless network operator MTN has resolved its disagreement with the government of Guinea concerning a EUR15 million (USD21.5 million) licence fee. A MTN spokesman told the news agency that the matter between it and the government has been resolved but refused to divulge further details. A decree signed by Guinean president Alpha Conde ruled that the state had the power to requisition all personnel, equipment, facilities and assets of the company from 2 May, until such time as the dispute is settled.