Telecoms News - In Brief


- The phenomenal growth in Nigerian telecoms sector continues as subscriber base peaked at 46.2 million at the end of third quarter of the year. The nation's teledensity, considered the number of phone to 100 people, is 27.42, according to statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

- Uganda telecom, has cut hundreds of jobs in a restructuring exercise that will see the company increase its influence in a competitive telecoms market. It is the third major restructuring exercise since the government privatised the company in 2004.

- After the Nigerian e-mail fraud, a new method has been adopted by fraudsters in Senegal targeting residents in Oman, who are first inundated with a 'missed calls' and then the gullible are sucked into parting with money. Oman's Telecommunications Authority (TRA) has issued a public notice warning residents against responding to missed international calls, especially ones starting with 00221, which is the international code number for Senegal. "When called back, the party at the other end claims to have spiritual powers to heal suffering people and evil magic," the TRA statement said.

- The Federal Government of Nigeria has suspended any further dealings with Siemens, the German telecommunications company which allegedly bribed some top Nigerian government officials to secure large contracts in the country, pending the conclusion of investigations into the matter.

- A plan by the Communications Commission of Kenya to consolidate existing licences into three categories has raised fears that it could tilt the market in favour of big operators. The consolidated permits are expected to be more expensive than the specific ones, elbowing out small and medium-sized players who cannot afford the fees.