Telecoms – In brief
Algerian telecoms watchdog the Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunications (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms, ARPT) has accepted three bids for 4G licences submitted by the country’s cellcos Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis), Optimum Telecom Algerie (OTA, Djezzy) and Ooredoo Algeria (Nedjma) by stating that the applications were ‘admissible’, Agence Ecofin reports. Mahgoun Salah, chairman of the 4G licence award committee, revealed that the provisional date for the award of the 4G authorisations is now set for 23 May.
Reports from Uganda suggest that local ISP Foris Telecom, which offers services under the 'iN Connecting' brand, is to shut down. PC Tech Magazine cites an unnamed Foris employee who says the company was already struggling, but the situation has been made worse by stiff competition from other service providers. Foris Telecom uses fixed and wireless technologies to provide internet services in the Greater Kampala area.