Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned the operators laying their optic fiber transmission infrastructure to remember that they would in future share such infrastructures with new entrants into the business, adding that the Commission would come heavily against operators who do not adhere to the infrastructure sharing option.

- Ghana Telecom's dwindling fortunes have started to turn around according to Major Albert B. Don-Chebe, (Rtd) Head of Corporate Communications and customer care. GT had registered a six percent net percent growth in customer base while revenue from its international inbound revenues has also increased to 161 percent within the period. Major added that broadband for customers had also tripled and 30 percent additional customers had joined the network. He disclosed that the southern ring of the national optic fibre network has been completed while the company’s fault clearance has improved. This is the second Corporate Communications announcement designed to keep up a flow of good news about the company.

- Nigeria’s largest mobile operator by subscribers MTN has had a ban on advertising its services lifted by the sector regulator in recognition of improvements made to its network capacity and coverage.

- Algeria’s Trade Ministry has offered help to regulate the sale of mobile phone chips in an effort to eradicate the phenomenon of unidentified chips, Minister El Hachemi Djaaboub spoke about "the availability of his department to lend the necessary support by mobilizing its control agents to regulate chips sale."

- Ericsson reports that it has successfully rolled out a new GSM network in Guinea for the Cellcom Group. The GSM network covers the capital Conakry and the country's main rural areas. Hanoch Dombek, the CEO of Cellcom said that the company has reached more than six hundred thousand subscribers.

- Zain’s country manager for Ghana, Philip Sowah has announced that the company will launch its mobile operations by the end of this year.

- Nokia has introduced affordable mobile devices and services to make the Internet available for emerging markets. Estimated retail prices of the new devices range from 25 to 90 EUR, with several models expected to begin shipping in 2008. Nokia's suite of Internet services for emerging markets will be available beginning in 2009.