Telecom News – In Brief


- Cape Verde’s National Communications Agency (ANAC) has announced the winners of its 3G licence auction. CVMovel claims to have won a concession with a bid nearly four times higher than the minimum requirement, and promises to cover the majority of the country within the first year of operation. Meanwhile, T+ Telecommunications was the second cellco to receive a concession, although no details regarding spectrum allocation or conditions of the licences were made public.

-  Thanks in part to its 25 January revolution that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt was the most re-tweeted hashtags on Twitter for 2011, new statistics from the micro-blogging site said. The hashtag #Jan25, the beginning of the Egyptian uprising against Mubarak’s government, was the 8th most popular tending topic on the website and was 8th most popular, Twitter said.

- Airtel Nigeria has apologised to its Lagos customers, after many were cut off from communication over the weekend. The partial network black-out was due to cables being damaged by construction workers.

- Cellcos in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have reportedly been told to block SMS messages until further notice, in an effort to curb election-related violence. According to News24, which cites French news agency AFP, the nation’s wireless providers were told by the Kabila government on 2 December to cease transmitting text messages as election rumours stirred violence