Telecoms News - In Brief


-Prysmian Cables & Systems which has been contracted by the Libyan General Post and Telecommunications Company (GPTC) to lay cables has announced that it is nearing completion of a contract for the delivery of more than 6000km of optical cable into the Libyan national network. A second contract with a value 35 million euro has just been signed for further cabling work.

- African mobile operators are likely to join the action to fight the spread of child pornography on cellphones. Following the initiative, launched by European operators this week, Africa's largest operator, MTN has already joined the group, and Vodacom has also committed to support the campaign.

- Third mobile phone operator, Econet Wireless International has a June deadline to roll out its services or have its licence cancelled according to the Communications Commission of Kenya

- Worried by a decision of the Federal government to blacklist it from further patronage in Nigeria, the management of Siemens AG of Germany visited President Umaru Yar'Adua, assuring him that it will fully cooperate with Federal law enforcement agencies to bring to justice all the public officials involved in the recent Siemens bribery scandal.

- According a report from El Khabar, Algeria’s Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Haichour is promising to remove any barriers to competition and resolve problems which are preventing Lacom from doing business. Telecom Egypt and Orascom have both said that they will exit the Algerian market if the regulatory situation does not improve.

- In South Africa, the funds that licensed telecommunications providers and broadcasters pay to the Universal Service and Access Fund (USAF) will come under review between 12 and 14 March, when the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) holds public hearings.

- Celtel Nigeria, is set to change its brand name from Celtel to Zain in June this year, in line with the desire of its parent company to operate under one global brand name.