Telecoms News - In Brief

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- Uganda has suspended the creation of a communications court pending the harmonisation of relevant laws. Minister for Information and Communication Technology Dr Ham Mulira said the establishment of the tribunal has been suspended because of differences over the transfer of the Broadcasting Department to the ICT ministry. He said the Prime Minister had requested his ministry to stay action on transfer of the department pending further consultations.

- Ghana’s telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (NCA) says it plans to usher in mobile number portability (MNP) in the country. The move is designed to increase competition and consumer choice by removing some of the barriers and costs that often stop subscribers from migrating to a rival operator.

- According to Algeria’s Post and Information and Communication Technologies Minister, the date set for the identification of anonymous SIM cards, scheduled for May 1st, will be extended. Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ARPT) and mobile phone operators are in consultation to determine the extension period required for completing the process.

- Telecom equipment maker Ericsson and two Gulf Arab telecom firms have applied for the information needed to bid for Egypt's second fixed-line telecom licence. Egyptian daily Al Alam al-Youm did not say where it got the information. Officials at Egypt's National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority could not immediately confirm the report.