Telecoms News - In Brief


- Kenya will bring together all its presidential hopefuls in a series of debates to be broadcast on nearly all its top media outlets in a move that would raise the standards for African countries. On top of the live audience, the public will also be invited to participate by sending their questions to an SMS number or by email to

- According to data published by the regulator, the Agence de Regulation des Telecoms et Postes (ARTP), the total number of mobile phones in Senegal exceeded 10.712 million at the end of June 2012

- Safaricom has indicated that its next wave of investment will centre on the expansion of its existing fibre-optic network, which it seeks to increase four-fold over the next three years.

- Mobile phone-maker Nokia has rolled out portable solar chargers across the Kenyan and Nigerian telecommunication markets to boost electricity supply in off-grid regions.

- Togo’s Minister of Post and Telecommunications of Togo Cina Lawson has said that the government is considering plans to call for expressions of interest from companies looking to secure licences to become a ‘full-blown’ mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the country. If realised, the newcomers would go into direct competition with current incumbents Togo Cellulaire (Togocel) and Atlantique Telecom (Moov Togo), and fixed line PTO Togo Telecom, which also offers service for its mobile product using wireless in the local loop (WiLL) technology.