Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) has fined MTN-Rwandacell Frw70 million over poor network services. A statement signed on August 2008 by the chairperson of RURA Regulatory Board, Marie Claire Mukasine says the decision to penalise MTN was reached after realising that since November 2007, MTN has been providing poor quality services. According to RURA, MTN-Rwandacell proposed a plan to upgrade its network and solve the issues within six months from January but the telecommunication company was slow.

- Equity Bank is hoping to use its cellphone banking solution, Eazzy 24/7, to leverage its expansion into Southern Sudan by the end of the year. The bank confirmed that it had already obtained approvals from the two industry regulators - the Central Bank of Kenya and the Bank of Southern Sudan.

- MTN Rwanda is due to renew its licence to operate in the country. The company that was given a five year duopoly, after a cabinet decision in 2003 to operate as national operators together with another telecom operator Rwandatel, will have its operational licence expire by the end of the year.

- The Federal Government of Nigeria has commenced civil action against telecommunications company, MTN, by demanding N500 million as damage and another N1 million for cost of the action for installing two 15KVA generators in densely populated areas of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The government, through its agency, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), filed a legal action before the Federal High Court in Abuja last Friday seeking to restrain MTN from further acts constituting dangers to human health and the environment. It is not yet known whether the Federal Government has promised to provide reliable power supply.