Telecoms – In brief


Brazilian PC and smartphone manufacturer Positivo Informatica starts the production of 750,000 notebooks and tablets in its factory in Rwanda this week, reports Olhar Digital. The first educational equipment coming off the production lines are part of an agreement with the Rwandan Ministry of Education. The deal marks Positivo's entry to the African market, and the factory will have a nominal production capacity of 60,000 PCs and tablets a month.

South African mobile operator Vodacom Group has short-listed four firms bidding on a contract to provide its network maintenance as it looks to cut costs. Agence Ecofin writes that the companies vying for the three-year contract that is supposed to start on 1 November 2015 are Huawei Technologies (China), Alcatel-Lucent (France), Ericsson (Sweden) and Neotel (South Africa).

Thuraya has announced the launch of Calling Card – a dynamic market solution that reinforces value-for-money, convenience and versatility for both individual users and business managers. Available in three denominations of 25 units, 50 units and 100 units, Thuraya Calling Card will come as a welcome relief to cost-conscious managers, particularly in the maritime and energy sectors, who need to control operational costs of both equipment and staff.