Telecoms News - In Brief


- The head of the Moroccan telecommunications regulator (ANRT), Azdine El Mountassir Billah has announced that Morocco is planning to introduce a 3rd mobile operator this year. No date for the process has yet been announced but the mobile licence will be a 2nd generation one.

- Union workers of Telkom Kenya have received a 24 per cent rise in salaries backdated from April 1st. The common bargaining agreement was signed between the company's management and Communication Workers Union at Teleposta Towers in Nairobi. The agreement will run for one year, after which there will be a review. Meanwhile more than 600 Telkom Kenya customers have been disconnected after 30 kilometres of telephone wires in Taita and Taveta districts were vandalised.

- Officials of the Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau (TSB) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will meet next week in Accra to participate in the Africa Region's Preparatory Meeting for the World Telecommunication Standardisation Assembly (WTSA).

- The telecommunications system that will support the electoral process in Angola will be handed in June to the National Electoral Commission (CNE), announced the minister of Post-Office and Telecommunications, Licínio Tavares.

- Tunisia is likely to amend its telecommunications legal framework to legalise VoIP. The announcement came after a meeting between President Ben Ali and El Hadj Gley, Minister of ICT. The move is aimed at reinforcing Tunisian companies competitiveness to grab a bigger share of the off-shoring business.

- Safaricom has launched Kenya’s first commercial 3G/3.5G mobile network, offering peak data transfer speeds of up to 7.2Mbps. The service is initially only available in the Nairobi area, though a nationwide expansion is taking place over the next twelve months.