Telecoms – In Brief

Telecoms

- Health workers across Sub-Saharan Africa have been equipped with Sony Xperia mobile devices for the improvement of the local community.
Sony Mobile, Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) have partnered to provide health workers with the devices.
The project is set to supply communities with a basis for healthy living, economic growth and long term sustainability as driven by the MVP.

- Ghana’s government has reportedly dropped plans to pass the Communications Service Tax Bill, which aims to impose an additional 6% interconnection fee on incoming international calls after objections from the country’s network operators represented by the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications
- Prisoners at Liberia’s Gbarnga Central Prison in Bong County will now be able to communicate with their families during their jail terms through mobile phones donated by the Rural Human Rights Activists Program (RHRAP).

- Four of Algeria’s public sector companies – Algerie Telecom, Sonatrach, Sonelgaz and National Rail Transport Company (SNTF) – have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the management of the country’s fibre-optic network.