Telecoms News - In Brief


- Econet Wireless has paid for frequencies to the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) that would enable the country's leading mobile operator to roll out what it says are long overdue 3G services.

- The Nigerian Communications Communication (NCC) will from next July commence the registration of all SIM cards the operational software running GSM mobile phones in the country.

- In Zimbabwe, a revenue collection supervisor with TelOne allegedly sneaked into his office at night and stole US$111,000 and R47,000 before making a false report to police that there had been a robbery at the company. Connetty Gwede (35), who is based at the company's banking hall at Harare Main Post Office, is being charged with theft of trust property.

- Mobile operators Zain Kenya and Essar Telecom Kenya (ETK, previously known as Econet Wireless Kenya) have agreed to share network infrastructure, Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation reports. The deal will see the two companies share around 300 base stations for the next 15 years.

­The Egyptian authorities have announced plans to loosen the restrictions on the use of GPS devices within the country. The National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has lifted a ban on civilian use of GPS which had blocked the (official) import of most mid to high end mobile and smartphones. However, the NTRA will still need to authorise each type of GPS device imported into the country and will control any local manufacturing of the devices.