Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- In another month or so, Kenya’s fourth mobile service provider, Econet, will unveil its services, hoping to attract consumers to its network. The company has finally managed to reach deals with its competitors in what could be a landmark move for the industry on the infrastructure-sharing front. Through the deals, Econet will be able to combine its financial resources with existing infrastructure to quickly roll out a network in Nairobi and Mombasa when it launches its new mobile brand in a month’s time.

- Tunisia’s daily, Le Quotidien, is reporting that the government will launch an international tender to award a fixed line telephone licence next year, as part of a drive to boost foreign investment and accelerate growth. As it stands, state-controlled Tunisie Telecom (TT) holds a monopoly on the provision of fixed line services.

- Telecommunication services in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea are going from bad to worse, the government complains. Coverage is being limited, telephone calls suddenly are interrupted and other services offered by Guinea Ecuatorial de Telecomunicaciones (Getesa) are failing. According to official sources in the capital Malabo, Equatorial Guinea's Deputy Technology and Telecommunications Minister Carmelo Martín Modu earlier this week had a meeting with the leaders of the country's monopoly telecom provider Getesa. The Deputy Minister had called for the meeting to discuss "the poor quality and worsening service" the company is offering its customers.

- Telecom Namibia looks set to be given a mobile licence but the quid pro quo is that the country’s mobile operators get their own international gateways.