Telecoms News - In Brief


- Malian fixed line telco Sotelma, in partnership with Pakistan’s Advanced VoIP and United American Corp, has announced the successful deployment of a VoIP billing solution. As a result of the agreement Sotelma has a complete billing solution for its IP telephony service.

- Algeria Telecom (AT), the  national telephony operator, has launched in Algiers a new broadband network, Wimax, called "Athir" (Algérie Télécom hertzien Internet radio). This new project, based on Wimax technology, is carried out in partnership with Canadian Galaxia Telecom that has made "an investment amounting to $40 million over three years to expand the network”.

- Celtel Gabon has renewed its licence for 10 years. Under the new agreement, the mobile operator will have to pay an annual fee and meet agreed targets in terms of network coverage.

- Local newspaper Wal Fadjri has reported that the Saudi Binladen Group is interested in acquiring  a mobile telephony licence in Senegal. The company is already involved in the construction of the new Diass airport.