Telecoms News - In Brief


- Moroccan mobile and fixed line operator Medi Telecom (Meditel) and its 32.18% shareholder Telefonica have jointly completed a 2,520km fibre-optic backbone network named Africa Gate, which provides international connectivity via an undersea section between Morocco and Spain, reports Telecompaper.

- Network World is reporting that, following the collapse of Zambia's international route to France in August this year, there is no indication that it will be repaired in the near future according to Minister of Communications and Transport, Dora Siliya. Ms Siliya confirmed that the country was unable to handle inbound or outbound calls to France last week.

- In an interview with local newspaper Daily Trust, a spokesperson for Transcorp – the parent of Nitel – outlined plans to restore the fortunes of the beleagured operator. The company says it will fix the national backbone network, roll out 250,000 lines by the end of 2008 and seek alternative power supply options due to ongoing problems with electricity provision in the country.

- The Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) has taken the management of the Lone Star Communications to court for the company's reported failure to pay garbage fees and municipal taxes, and to settle its indebtedness to the entity.

- Over 8000 retrenched workers of the Nitel/ MTEL have sent a passionate appeal to President Umaru Yar'adua to compel the Bureau of Public Enterprises to pay them the balance of their five year pension payoff.

- A ruling on Vodacom Tanzania Limited's appeal against Tanzania Regulatory Communications Authority's decision to lower interconnection charges will now be announced on September 24 by the Fair Competition Tribunal. Last year, TCRA announced that it would lower interconnection rates from 8 US cents to 7 cents with effect from January 1.