Telecoms News - In Brief


- The Ministry of Economy and Finance of Côte d’Ivoire has launched an audit of Côte d’Ivoire Telecom activities over the last ten years. In 1996, France Telecom acquired a 49% stake of the operator’s capital. The launch of the investigation follows plans by CIT to put in place a single management structure at the top of CIT and Orange.

- South Africa's fixed line incumbent Telkom has applied for spectrum in the 1800MHz band from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), reports ITWeb. Telkom, a 50% shareholder in Vodacom, the country’s leading cellco by subscribers, is potentially looking to become the fourth mobile operator, competing with Vodacom, MTN and Cell C. This also strengthens the view that Vodafone or another company will buy its stake in Vodacom.

- In Zimbabwe, Netone subscribers using pre-paid services have since last week gone without airtime credits, as the recharge system is down.

- Uganda’s parliament is probing the hasty erection of transmission masts by Warid Telecom, a new mobile telecommunications company that recently broke into Uganda's tightly controlled telecom industry.