Telecom News – In Brief


Lagos — Research In Motion (RIM) has announced the launch of two new BlackBerry Torch smartphones in Nigeria, both featuring the new BlackBerry 7 Operating System (OS). The new BlackBerry 7 based smartphones will be available from local carrier partners Airtel, Globacom, Etisalat and MTN Nigeria.The BlackBerry Bold 9900 was the first BlackBerry 7 (OS) device introduced to the Nigerian market in September 2011.

- Nokia last week, organised a road show through the principal streets of three cities in Ghana, to introduce directly to the public, its new range of phones. The event, which began in Accra, was also aimed at educating the public on the Nokia C2-03 touch and type and the N1-01, which were recently introduced onto the Ghanaian market, attracted over 1,000 people in each town,

- Ghanaian start-up Globacom has postponed the scheduled launch of its Glo Mobile service, citing ‘logistical constraints’ as the reason. Globacom, a Nigeria-based telco with operations in Gambia, Senegal, Nigeria, Benin and Cote d’Ivoire, had earlier announced that its official launch in Ghana would take place on 17 November 2011, three years after first receiving a licence to offer services.

- Tanzania: The government plans to build about 3,000 telecentres in underserved areas in a bid to narrow down the digital gap existing between urban and rural areas.At the telecentre, the community would be able to access information through television and ICT tools such as the internet, fax and telephones.