Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Uganda-based mobile technology firm Text to Change last week launched its first SMS campaign focused on reducing electronic waste in the country in partnership with Closing the Loop. The campaign involves SMS text messages being sent to people to raise awareness of electronic recycling as well as informing them of the dangers and possibilities of e-waste. The SMS Recepients will be asked to hand in their dead or broken phones at dedicated centres.

-  Egypt’s smallest cellco by subscribers, Etisalat Misr, has revealed that it expects to spend approximately USD500 million on developing and modernising its existing network, while the investment will also reportedly help fund the rollout of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. Zawya cites Etisalat Misr CEO Saeed Al Hamli as saying that his company is currently waiting for bids for the upgrade project from interested vendors, while also noting that preliminary testing has been conducted for parts of the project.