Telecoms - In Brief


- The Judge of the Tax Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia has given the Management of Atlantic Wireless Incorporated or Libercell GSM a 15-day ultimatum to settle all unpaid taxes and licensed fees owed the government of Liberia.

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is set to begin testing mobile number portability (MNP), ahead of a planned launch of the long-delayed service in the first quarter of next year. IT News Africa quotes the NCC’s director for Public Affairs Tony Ojobo as saying that the test run of MNP is scheduled to begin this month in order to address any problems before the full introduction of the service.

- Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has ordered the country’s largest cellular operator by subscribers, MTN Ghana, to halt sales of SIM cards to new customers after it found that service quality on its network ‘continues to deteriorate’. The regulator says it has discussed the situation with MTN several times in recent months but MTN’s network performance is still showing no improvement, Bloomberg reports. MTN claimed more than eleven million subscribers at the end of September 2012.

- Diemeleou Bile, the director general of L’Agence des Telecommunications de Cote d’Ivoire (ATCI), has announced that a total of 16.168 million mobile subscribers have registered their SIM cards, ahead of the 31 December 2012 deadline. Agence Ecofin reports that this figure is equivalent to around 89.18% of the country’s 18 million-plus mobile users.