Telecoms News - In Brief


- L’Autorité de Régulation Multisectorielle (ARM), Niger’s telecoms regulator, has announced the planned award of a GSM concession and a technology-neutral mobile telecoms licence, without giving further details.

- Togo’s ruling party can no longer send SMS messages during election campaigns. Regulator Haute autorité de l'audiovisuel et de la communication (HAAC) has ruled this “unfair”.

- Telecom Namibia last week became the first company in emerging sub-Saharan Africa (which excludes South Africa) to be awarded membership to the Cisco Systems programme.

- A new body has been formed in Kenya to champion interests of telecommunications service providers. Telecommunications Network Operators Forum (TNOF), comprises representatives of the data carrier network operators, fixed line operators, wireless local loop operators and mobile network operators. TESPOK continues to look after the interests of Internet service providers.

- The BlackBerry 8800 is smartphone is now available in South Africa. The quad-band GSM/GPRS and EDGE-enabled BlackBerry 8800 offers integrated support for voice and data applications, including phone, email, text messaging, web browser, organiser, multimedia and more. It also has an ultra-thin battery that “extends the uncompromising battery life for which BlackBerry handsets are renowned”.