- John Barorot, Airtel Kenya Network Director has resigned barely two months after taking up the position. Managing Director, Rene Meza said:” Barorot will be leaving for personal reasons in the next three months.” Before joining Airtel Kenya, Barorot was a long serving Chief Technical Officer with rival, Safaricom.
- In Sierra Leone, retired telecommunications engineer, Max William Thompson was last week approved by parliament as Commissioner of the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) after going through rigorous screening from the Appointment and Public Service Committee.
- According to TheRegister.co.uk, UAE-based telecoms executive Ousama Abushagur – a Libyan national who was raised in Alabama – has assisted rebel forces in the implementation of a second mobile network, this time in the country’s third largest city, Misurata. In April 2011 Abushagur coordinated the construction of an independent mobile network in Eastern Libya, after rebels were cut off from the country’s centralised infrastructure. ‘Free Libyana’ was supplied with the necessary telecoms equipment by UAE telecoms giant Etisalat, which stepped in when Chinese telecoms manufacturer Huawei rejected Abushagur’s approach; an unnamed Libyan businessman based in the UAE bankrolled the project.