Telecoms News - In Brief


- Emirates Telecommunications Corp (etisalat) has been given sole control of Benin's mobile licence after the government stripped Telecel of its licence for failing to pay a fee increase, reported Reuters. In September, Telecel had been ordered to pay a one-off operator, but it missed the early October deadline. Telecel is 51% owned by etisalat, with the rest held by a local company, Sarci-Benin.

- Telecoms market regulator, the Communications Commission of Kenya, has frozen plans to introduce number portability technology into the mobile phone market, leaving subscribers who want to change networks with the alternative of acquiring new numbers.

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has posponed indefinitely the 40th edition of the Telecom Consumer Parliament which should have taken place in Aba, Abia State. Although no reason was given for the postponment of the the monthly Telecom Consumer Parliament a statement however, from the Commission said a new date would be announced latter.

- A total of 1,460 cell phones have been recently seized by the agents of the Algerian Customs’ regional directorate of the province of Tiaret (340 km west of Algiers), the body’s officials indicated. The cell phones accompanied by fake bills, were set to be resold in the province of Djelfa, are worth AD30 millions, the same source added.

- An agreement on a wage increase between Telecom Namibia, Nampost, Telecom Holdings and the Namibia's Workers Union, (NAPWU) was last week signed in the capital. All Telecom employees will get a five percent wage increase across the board from October 1.

- The Uganda Communications Commission has instructed the three mobile telephone operators to suspend their free airtime promotions by Wednesday in a move aimed largely at easing communication services ahead of the November Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, Chogm. A statement published by the telecommunications regulator yesterday said its decision "was based on concerns over the quality of service experienced on the networks during the time of the promotions."