Telecoms News - In Brief


- ECOWAS member states are close to adopting a regulation that would facilitate mobile roaming in the region and reduce call charges. Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, gave this indication at the ongoing 6th annual Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) Forum in Abuja.

- An enactment to ensure a compulsory registration of GSM lines by the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) is being proposed by the Senate to elinate crimes carried out using mobile phobes.

­ After a poor first quarter in which there was a net loss of 0.63m customers, the South African market managed positive growth in Q2 with a gain of 0.82m. This took the total customer base to 43.15m, equivalent to a penetration rate of 98.5%. In annual terms, growth stood at 10.7%, less than half the 22.5% recorded in the prior twelve months and, moreover, the lowest rate for six years.

- Uganda Telecom has taken steps to stamp its presence in the increasingly competitive telecom market with $115 million network expansion. The company recently completed another phase of expansion in which it extended its network to cover more than 75 per cent of the Ugandan population.

- South African telecoms company Telkom will over the next month deploy its own third generation (3G) wireless network across the country. This will bring the fixed-line operator closer to providing its customers with fully converged information communication technology solutions.

- The GSM Association has launched the Green Power for Mobile programme with the goal of helping the mobile industry use renewable energy sources (eg, solar, wind, or sustainable biofuels) to power 118,000 new and existing off-grid base stations in developing countries by 2012. Achieving that target would save up to 2.5 billion litres of diesel per annum and cut annual carbon emissions by up to 6.3 million tonnes.