Telecoms News - In Brief

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- Pensioners of the Nigerian incumbent Nitel and its mobile arm, Mtel, have cause to smile as the National Council on Privatization (NCP) has approved the initial payment of N8 billion out of the outstanding N17 billion of the five-year pension buy-out.

- Zimbabwe’s consumers are up in arms over what they term is daylight robbery by the country's energy and telecommunications suppliers, following the dollarisation of invoices which has led to astronomical tariff hikes.

- Indian company, Su-Kam has introduced a new power back-up product for telecoms operators. The company claims to have done 3,000 site installations for telecoms firms in India. To promote, the Su-Kam range of products in Uganda, the company offers to install the inverters at the different sites so telecom companies only pay a monthly rental charge before choosing to buy the product when satisfied.

- Africa has the highest growth rate of mobile phone subscription, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has said. In its report, the agency said two thirds of the world's cell phone subscriptions are in developing nations and a quarter of the population is in Africa. The report noted that while just 1 in 50 Africans had a mobile in the year 2000, now 28 percent have a cellular subscription.

- Nigeria’s Federal lawmakers are again shining the light on the multi-billion Naira contract award for rural telephony awarded to R. T. Communications, an Israeli company by the National Information Communication and Education Programme (NICEP). The contract was awarded during the last days of President Olusegun Obasanjo administration. It was learnt that the probe to be conducted by the House Committee on Inter-governmental Affairs under the Chairmanship of Leo Ogor, is to ascertain the level of implementation of the project and to authenticate the allegation that 50 percent of the total contract sum was released upon signing of the contract in 2007.

- Following the freezing of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) accounts after allegations of mismanagement against Commissioner Albert Bropleh, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has said she is prepared to take further action, Presidential Press Secretary Wleh has disclosed.