Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Following the rejection of its initial bid by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies (MinCom), Tunisiana has been awarded licences for fixed line and 3G mobile operations. The Qatar Telecom (Qtel) subsidiary will pay TND205 million (USD131.52 million) for the concessions, TND44 million higher than its earlier bid. Tunisiana has enlisted Chinese vendor Huawei for the rollout of its 3G network infrastructure.

- Relations between Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer ZTE and local partner ZTE Mzanzi appear to have broken down irretrievably.
It is rumored that ZTE has cancelled its partnership agreement with Mzanzi, in which it has a 40% stake, prompting the latter to file papers in the high court in Pretoria seeking an urgent interdict against its partner. The matter is set to be heard by the court on Tuesday, 15 May.