Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Orange Bissau, the mobile unit set up by France Télécom through its 42.33% owned Senegalese subsidiary Sonatel, launched services in the country making it the third operator in the local market. Orange Bissau will initially operate in the capital Bissau and will also provide coverage in the north towards the border with Senegal and then to extend its reach to the south and east of the country by the year end, providing coverage of most of the 1.5 million population.

- The Gambia has become one of the not so many countries in the sub-region to have three GSM service providers, thanks to the launching of Comium network last week. The company is also busy launching its network in Côte d’Ivoire where it will compete with Orange, MTN and Moov.

- Angola Telecom has announced an investment plan of $122 million funded by the State and Chinese company ZTE. $20 million will be used to refurbish 38 transmission stations across the country. The remaining $102 million will finance the roll out of fibre/copper backbone in the east part of the country.

- Chinguitel, the 3rd mobile operator in Mauritania is set to launch its service in June. Chinguitel jointly owned by Sudatel and Mauritanian investors has been awarded a license in 2006.