Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Etisalat Egypt has revealed that it expects to begin offering international calls from next month. According to CEO Salah Al Abdooli, the company expects to reach a deal with the Communications Ministry this month which will end Telecom Egypt’s (TE's) monopoly on international calls. UAE-based Etisalat owns 66% of Etisalat Egypt, the country’s newest cellco which launched in May this year.

- UK consultancy Interconnect has almost completed its interconnect study for the Ghanaian regulator NCA and the operators. The latter seem to be broadly happy with the findings that are emerging. Informed sources say that it could lead to lower interconnect rates.

- Globacom has been all but promised a licence by the Ghanaian Government but it has told the Nigerian operator it must go through due process. In case bidders need to know the bidding expectation, the sum appears in the Government’s budget. Globacom is also seeking a licence in Togo.

- Senegal’s regulator ARPT is looking to implement number portability. The Government is pressing it to do this by the end of 2007 but the regulator anticipates implementation by Q2 2008.

- Celtel’s parent company MTC changed its brand name to Zain (see full story on our web site).