Telecoms News - In Brief

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- Landlocked Botswana has inaugurated its link to the West African Cable System . (WACS), which was launched last month and stretches 14,900km along the west coast of Africa, reports AFP. Botswana partnered with neighbouring Namibia in each raising USD37.5 million to invest in a 9.2% stake in the cable consortium. The USD750 million WACS submarine cable has a capacity of 5.12Tbps and links South Africa to the UK with landings in Namibia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Portugal.

- Cellular operator Airtel Ghana has reported the discovery of the third SIM box fraud gang within a week as it looks to clamp down on the illegal routing of international calls. The firm says it has uncovered a syndicate operating two illegal SIM gateways in Accra. The gangs have been selling black market SIM cards which allow users to avoid international telephony charges by using voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) technology to terminate overseas calls as local traffic. Airtel says this type of fraud causes ‘enormous’ revenue losses.