Telecoms News - In Brief


- Telkom Kenya will send home 400 employees this month in the latest round of restructuring to trim its payroll and increase efficiency. The telecommunications operator and the Communication Workers Union of Kenya (COWU-K) have agreed on the formula to implement the layoff.

- A campaign to vilify and tarnish the image of Finance Minister Tendai Biti has escalated, with the police now demanding that mobile phone operator Econet hand over his call register. Reports suggest a covert operation by the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), which is trying to smear Biti and several other MDC leaders with stories of alleged affairs.

- Airtel Nigeria has appealed to the Federal Government through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to "include telecommunications equipment in the list of national infrastructure protected by law" in order to safeguard investments and ensure quality service to subscribers.

- Somaliland-based telecoms operator Telesom has unveiled a third-generation network in the autonomous region. The 3G technology will offer advanced mobile broadband services to not only Telesom consumers but also to the business community in Somaliland. Telesom was founded in Hargeisa, Somaliland in 2001.

- Zain Sudan, a subsidiary of Kuwaiti telecoms group Zain, is in talks with South Sudan to acquire a mobile licence to operate in the newly independent country.

- The Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has invited bidders to supply it with an intelligent network monitoring system. The system will help the regulator monitor traffic, quality of service, and enforce compliance to its standards. Information on network usage and quality will also allow the UCC to make informed decisions and plans for the sector more effectively.