Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given a six months ultimatum to Transnational Corporation (Transcorp), owners of former incumbent telco NITEL and troubled GSM operator M-Tel, to revive its service or forfeit its cellular licence.

- The South African telecoms regulator Icasa has published its draft definitions of retail and wholesale markets, local website MyBroadband reports. The new definitions of market segmentation will be used to ensure that each sector is open to adequate competition and to establish which operators have significant market power (SMP). While sectors such as the provision of wireless broadband services are already highly competitive, the fixed line broadband market is still monopolised by Telkom South Africa.

- Zimbabwe’s mobile operator Econet Wireless announced that it will re-engage the national telecommunications regulator to review progress made on granting the country's biggest mobile operator frequencies for 3-G network. Econet is still to get a licence from the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, almost half a year after it had made an application.

- The ANRT, the Moroccan regulator has granted a licence to Cires Telecom, a subsidiary of Tanger Mediterranean Special Agency (TEMSA) to roll out a radio-electrical network between Tanger and Tetouan. The network facilities which will be shared will run on TETRA2 digital technology.

- At the end of last year, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) licensed seven more telecommunications providers to operate in under-serviced areas, bringing the number of under-serviced area licensees (USALs) to 14. The regulator granted licences to PlatiTel, Ilembe Communications, Metsweding Telex, Dinaka Telecoms, Mitjodi Telecoms and Nyakatho Telecoms.

- Local newspaper “Fraternité Mation” has reported several telecommunication disruptions in the North of Benin, in the Parakou area. The newspaper claims that Benin Telecom failed to dig deep enough to protect the fibre cable from accidental damages caused by farming.