Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Morocco’s regulator, the ANRT has approved incumbent Maroc Telecom’s offer of a flat fee wholesale interconnect price to its fixed line network. This new pricing will enable Meditel and Wana to in turn introduce unlimited service plans to their customers.

- Orange is planning to extend its inter-country roaming scheme beyond Senegal and Mali to its other francophone West African operations and has longer-term plans to extend it to its latest country operation in Kenya.

- Mobile operator MTN Nigeria will add 1,000 base stations and 20 switching centres to its network by the end of 2008. The additions will bring MTN’s network total to 4,422 base stations and 78 switching centres.

- Algeria’s mobile handset market has witnessed a growth of 13% in 2007. 5.2 million mobile phones have been sold last year. Algeria is ahead of Tunisia (1.8 million handsets) and Morocco (3.8 million handsets). The overall value of the Algerian handsets market was US$600 million with the average price of a handset that increased from $109 in 2006 to $115 in 2007.

- According to local newspaper Foroyaa of Gambia, mobile phone dealers at the Serrekunda have been arrested by the police. The local paper reports futher that some of the arrestees bribed the police before they were released

- The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has said that the stakeholders' summit on Nigerian Content Development in the ICT Sector will hold on Friday, April 11, 2008.

- Africa is projected to experience a 22 per cent jump in its mobile phone subscriber base during 2008, with the number of people owning a phone increasing from the current 270 million to 330 million.