Telecoms News - In Brief


- Gabon’s Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications (ARTEL) has awarded a 3G mobile licence to the country’s largest cellco by subscribers, Airtel Gabon (formerly Zain), which is aiming to launch the country’s first W-CDMA/HSPA network and high speed mobile internet/data services.
Wi-Fi takes to the skies

- WirelessG announced today that South Africa’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has approved WirelessG & Row 44’s application to install its in-flight Wi-Fi enabling equipment on board South African Commercial Aircraft. This will enable WirelessG to operate its G-Connect broadband services aboard commercial aircraft in South African skies.

- Etisalat Nigeria has switched on a HSPA+ upgrade to its 3G network in 13 major cities.

- Nigeria based Spectranet has launched its WiMAX network, initially covering the city of Lagos.