Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Speaking at a press conference in Kinshasa last week Vodacom Congo Director General Moza Godfrey announced that the Congolese mobile operator has commenced its USD25 million 3G network rollout. The first phase of the deployment, which is currently concentrated in capital city Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, will see around 350 3G base stations installed by 31 December 2012.

- Ghana’s telcos have agreed to co-share ducts to enable them to more easily lay fibre-optic cables across the country. Mobile operators in Ghana have shared towers to mount cell sites for some time, but when it came to fixed broadband each telco reportedly dug its own trench to lay its cables. The companies hope that the decision to move to co-share ducts will reduce costs, help the environment and reduce cable theft, a problem which has blighted the country’s fixed line sector.

- Zimbabwe’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, Econet Wireless, has been forced to reverse its decision to switch off interconnection with state-owned NetOne. As previously reported, Econet decided to cut services to NetOne over a dispute over interconnection fees amounting to more than USD20 million that Econet claimed had been unpaid since 2009. However, the country’s High Court has now ordered Econet to resume interconnection with NetOne. Econet says it is also trying to recover unpaid interconnection fees from TelOne.