Telecoms - In Brief

Telecoms

- Vodafone Ghana Communications has set up a new health line, enabling Vodafone customers in the country to call and enquire about their health conditions. Twenty doctors and nurses have been gathered together to respond to Vodafone Ghana customers' health related issues on the new line, which customers can connect to by dialling 255.

- Ghana based mobile network, Glo Mobile has been given two weeks to clamp down on the use of illegal SIM boxes on its network for international calls. The regulator issued the warning after finding that the use of SIM Boxes to bypass the international termination rates payable to the landline network had surged on the Glo network.

- Mali’s third mobile licence, which was won by Alpha Telecom Mali, a joint venture between Monaco Telecom and local holding company Planor Afrique, could be rescinded amid claims of non-payment for the concession and allegations of irregularities in the award process. According to TMT Finance, which cites local press reports, despite the new licensee having made an initial payment of XOF33 billion (USD67.8 million) for its concession in February 2013, a second payment of XOF22 billion which was due by mid-May has yet to be paid. Suggestions that the licence could be revoked come as the country’s new president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was sworn in earlier this month, had previously pledged transparent governance, and is now said to be being urged to take action on the matter.