Telecoms News - In Brief


- Nigeria's House of Representatives has recommended that the country's GSM operators are banned from selling new SIM cards for a period of twelve months. The drastic suggestion is aimed at preventing networks from overselling their capacity at the expense of quality of service. A parliamentary committee was set up to investigate widespread complaints of poor services being provided by the GSM cellcos MTN Nigeria, Glo Mobile and Celtel Nigeria.

- Angola has ordered its own communications satellite to be built by Russian firms. The Russian aerospace agency and Rosoboronexport, the state company handling Russian arms exports, have agreed to cooperate on building a satellite and an earth station, as well as train local technicians, by 2011.

- Moroccan fixed line operator Wana has entered in partnership with French communications company Phone Systems & Network to launch a calling service labelled Bladi enabling the Moroccan community based in France to make cheap phone calls to Morocco.

- French telecommunications operator France Telecom said it has submitted a proposal to Ghana's government to take a stake in the privatization of the country's national telecom carrier, adding that it is awaiting a decision.

- The absence of a board of directors at Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has thwarted the organisations plans to identify a third mobile company. Government, through its regulator Macra, directed that a third mobile company be identified to bring in competition of TNM Limited and Celtel Malawi.