Telecoms News - In Brief

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- Vodacom South Africa said it has received a shipment of nano Sims and they should be in stores by 28 September. In mid-September Vodacom informed their trading partners that they should order new Nano SIM cards to be used in a soon to be announced new handset, reports MyBroadband. The new nano Sims will be used in the iPhone 5, which is starting to appear in South Africa through direct imports. Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub recently said that the operator expects to launch the iPhone 5 in South Africa before the end of the year.

- Kenya’s telecoms regulator has warned that there will be no postponement of the 30 September cut-off of services to counterfeit handsets

− According to RadioOkapi.net, Netherland British Compagny (NBC), a DRC-based business which manufactures and distributes telecoms products, has accused telecoms watchdog Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecommunications (ARPTC) of ‘unlawfully’ awarding 3G concessions to four mobile operators, Airtel DRC, Oasis Telecom (Tigo), Vodacom Congo and Africell, in July this year. NBC’s complaint seems to relate to the fact that it was itself issued a ten-year mobile concession in 2004, and feels that it should have been considered for 3G frequencies. NBC’s lawyer, Serge Lukanga, has asked the commercial court to suspend the use of all 3G spectrum until its case has been heard.