Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- According to its Chief Executive Officer, Rajan Swaroop, Airtel Networks Nigeria has spent US$1 billion (about N150 billion) on network expansion and facility upgrade in the country. He further said “"we have made significant investment and are still making as we seek to strengthen the network we inherited, make it more robust and expand coverage especially to the rural communities”.

- Egypt’s largest mobile operator Mobinil is yet to finalise an agreement with Telecom Egypt over the costs of the company’s wholesale services. Mobinil is looking to bolster its services in the country and has repeatedly said the agreement would help spur greater customer services to its users in the country.

- Airtel Nigeria and the Cross River state government have agreed on a deal that will see the company provide integrated telecommunications solutions to the area. The agreement is the first of its kind in Nigeria’s telecoms sector.

- Ghana is bidding to host the International Telecommunications Union (ITU’s) regional testing centre which will be used to determine the quality of telecommunications gadgets that enter the West African sub region. But right on Ghana’s heels is neighbour, Nigeria, which is also bidding to host the centre.

- According to a press release from the Department of Communication of South Africa, at midnight on the 30th of June 2011 the following numbers of registered SIM cards from different MCO’s had been registered: Cell C had 99, 99% of contracts and 97 % of prepaid subscribers registered, MTN had 99, 5% of contracts and 97% of prepaid subscribers registered and Vodacom had 98,98 % of contracts and 95,12% of prepaid subscribers registered.