Telecoms – In brief


The ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), currently in session 2-27 November, has taken a key decision that will provide enhanced capacity for mobile broadband in the 694-790 MHz frequency band in ITU Region-1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia) and a globally harmonized solution for the implementation of the digital dividend. The decision allocates this band to the mobile service and identifies it for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) in ITU Region-1, similarly to what was decided by the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2007 (WRC-07) for ITU Region-2 (Americas) and Region-3 (Asia-Pacific).

Malawian operator TNM has announced the launch of a mobile directory service which will provide the detailed contact information of individuals, businesses and organizations. Numbers to be accessed from the directory shall only be those from subscribers and organisations that consent for their numbers and contact information to be listed. TNM's directory service will be accessed through Voice calling. Customers will call the TNM Call Centre to request particular contact information.

World Telecom Labs (WTL) has announced that it has been appointed by AMOTEL – Tanzania’s first licensed MVNO – to bring voice and data to remote rural villages close to Lake Tanganyika in the Katavi Region. Going forward, these services will be expanded to other villages in the Kigoma, Njombe and Kilimanjaro regions. AMOTEL, which was handed its virtual operator concession in June and will piggyback on the TTCL network, will use WTL’s new ‘Vivada’ (Village Voice and Data) system, which it claims offers a low OPEX, low-CAPEX solution to deliver connectivity in underserved villages. AMOTEL is owned by Dar es Salaam-based Mkulima African Telecommunications Company (MTC).