Telecoms News - In Brief


- The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation’s (CTO) has presented the  results of a Rural ICT Access Gap Study to the management of the Sierra Leone ICT regulator NATCOM and a number of key stakeholders, including the country’s mobile and fixed line operators.  Ultimately, NATCOM and Sierra Leone’s Universal Access Development Fund (UDAF) hope to use the findings of the Rural ICT Access Gap Study to catalyse the necessary investment and achieve Universal Access.

- The recipient of Malawi’s fourth mobile licence, Celcom Limited, plans to invest MWK41 billion (USD266 million) in the rollout of its wireless network, Nyasa Times reports.

- In South Africa, Independent Electoral Commission spokesman Kate Bapela said that parties were allowed to send SMSes on election day, as it did not violate the rules that campaigning should stop at midnight the day before elections. “The rule applies to rallies, meetings and marches, and campaigning inside the boundaries of a voting station.”