Telecoms News - In Brief


- Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) Mr. Ernest Ndukwe, has reaffirmed the agency's resolve to protect consumers right, stated that there would soon be put in place a merit awards instituted in the country to deserving operators and service providers, who have distinguished themselves in delighting and creatively managing the expectations and needs of consumers.

- The planned entry of two players into Kenya's mobile phone market has sparked an intense battle for talent in the telecoms sector. Positions that are facing shortages include those for telecoms engineers, sales people and marketers with industry experience. Sources at Celtel and Safaricom told to the local newspaper Business Daily that the twin firms are on high alert following increased approaches on their critical staff from Econet Wireless and Telkom Kenya.

- Indian telco Tata Communications has established a new multi-service point of presence (PoP) in South Africa via its local subsidiary Neotel. The new PoP in Johannesburg offers MPLS, Ethernet, IP and International Private Leased Circuit (IPLC) services, connecting through Tata Communications’ global network to over 600 cities in 50 countries and onwards to customers in over 200 countries. Neotel is South Africa’s second national operator; it introduced its first business services in August 2006, with its consumer launch coming earlier this year.

- The network of Somali cellular service provider Hormuud Telecommunication Company has been damaged by shelling in the capital Mogadishu. Local news agency APA-Mogadishu says that Somali-Ethiopian forces destroyed the Bakara market in the capital which is the site of Hormuud Telecom’s headquarters building. ‘A heavy shell landed on our company, it destroyed many devices including the transmission device which caused all cell phone service to be idle in Mogadishu today,’ said Abdi Rashid Ali of Hormuud Telecom.