Telecoms News - In Brief


- In South Africa, Vodacom network is experiencing problems, causing difficulties for some subscribers to receive calls. Numerous Vodacom contract subscribers are experiencing problems receiving calls. The problem seems to be country-wide, with numbers in various locations, including Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town being inaccessible.

- According to local newspaper, The Sunday Nation, Safaricom and Celtel, together with the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), may underwrite a Sh6 billion new police communications system.

- South Africa’s telecoms regulator, ICASA is considering a ‘use it or lose it’ policy as some operators which have been allocated spectrum may simply ‘sit’ on spectrum and therefore not pass the benefits of this resource on to South Africans.

- According to local paper “l’Expression” Algeria’s oil and gas companies Sonatrach and Sonelgaz have ambitions to break into the telecoms sector via their spin-off the Algerian Energy Telecoms Company (Aetc). The latter has been set up to sell excess fibre capacity of the two utilities but so far the project has be hampered by the regulator’s refusal to issue a licence that would allow Aetc to do so.

- The lead United Nations agency for information and communication technology (ICT) is deploying satellite phones and terminals to help restore vital communication links in Zambia, where some 400,000 people have been affected by severe flooding.

- Côte d’Ivoire’s telecoms operators and its representative associations are battling for the introduction of new Telecoms Act. They argue that the existing legal framework is out of date and doesn’t cover areas like interconnections and converged services available on 3G networks.