Telecom News – In Brief

Telecoms

- A meeting that was to decide when Telecom Namibia employees were to go on a mass demonstration to protest against management was postponed indefinitely after the company's management hastily arranged a meeting with the Namibia Public Workers Union (Napwu) last Thursday.

- The dispute over Screamer Telecommunications alleged unlawful use of radio frequency spectrum owned by state-owned broadcasting signal distributor Sentech is finally coming to a head, with the complaints and compliance committee of the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) set to hear the matter early next year.

- Airtel Kenya and yumobile have been blamed for the declining revenues in the telecommunication industry in the face of increasing costs. Telkom Kenya CEO, Mickael Ghossein has faulted the two networks for insisting on using the low cost pricing model disregarding the high inflation rate. He said the company was ready to follow in Safaricom's footsteps and increase its calling rates, but it has to protect its market share.

- Telkom’s mobile operator 8ta is looking at next-generation long-term evolution (LTE) mobile technology as a possible replacement for copper in selected areas and as a way of meeting expected growth in demand for data.