Telecoms News - In Brief


- Pan-African satellite RASCOM has been put in orbit despite the serious problems it encountered during its launch in December 07. Fuel linkages have shortened the satellite life expectancy to 2.5 year. This figure is slightly under the 3 years threshold that the insurance company set for paying for the construction and launch of a new satellite.

- At least 320 Telkom Kenya employees in central Rift Valley have been laid off in the restructuring being undertaken by the company. The employees will be get paid a two-and-a-half month salary for every year worked, a golden handshake of Sh150,000 and transport allowance of Sh40,000. They will also get their pending leave allowance and a two-month salary in lieu of notice.