Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Mubadala Development , the investment vehicle owned by Abu Dhabi's government, will award the Nigerian mobile-phone licence it owns to one of five bidders by October. More than five "large operators" were short-listed for the licence, Mubadala said in an e-mailed statement.

- Kenya’s telecoms players want the proposed universal access fund shelved as they claim that charging any levies to establish such a fund would only add to costs and slow down growth of subscriber base. Currently, operators in the mobile phones market pay 16 per cent in value added tax, 10 per cent excise duty and contribute 0.5 of their gross revenue to market regulator, the Communication Commission of Kenya.

- The theft and vandalism of cables and other communication infrastructure has become so bad that Telecom Namibia is offering cash rewards of up to N$20 000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anybody responsible for vandalism or theft on the Telecom network.

-In Guinea, the local newspaper, le Diplomate, has reported that the government is going to set up in independent telecommunication regulator. The project will be financed by the World Bank.

- Cell phones could be banned from exam rooms as one measure to curb cheating, the Kenya National Examinations Council has said.

- According to local newspaper Fraternité, MOOV, one of the two mobile operators suspended in Benin is likely to agree to pay the newly increased fee to keep its licence and resume operations.