Telecom News – In Brief


- Kampala — Nokia has urged the government of Uganda and other players in the mobile communications business to fight counterfeits, which they fear could increase, following a ban in Kenya. It is said that 30 per cent of all Nokia mobile phones sold in the local market are counterfeits; compared to 10 per cent in Kenya.

- Libyana, Libya’s largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers, has ‘reconnected’ portions of its cellular network which have been out of action for around eight months – since the start of the increasingly violent revolution. A statement issued by interim government, the National Transitional Council, confirmed: ‘Early on Friday morning Libyana’s telecommunications network was reconnected between eastern and western Libya, after being cut off for almost eight months. This news brought relief to many Libyans, who have been unable to communicate with their loved ones on either side of the country’.

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has denied fixing December 31, 2011 as deadline for Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card registration saying until the ongoing harmonisation between operators and the regulator was completed, the window was still open for those who were yet to register to do so.