In brief

16 March 2018


Nigeria: The Federal Government has solicited for the support of other African Telecommunications Union (ATU) member states to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), to ensure Nigeria is re-elected into the ITU’s administrative council seat.


Telkom is migrating customers in selected areas to newer technologies, due to a requirement by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) for the return of TDMA spectrum no later than 31 March 2018, TechCentral writes. Telkom used the frequencies to provide services in selected rural areas of the Western, Northern, and Eastern Cape. The company disclosed that the migration process has affected approximately 14,000 customers across the country, adding: ‘Customers have been contacted in various forms, including a message on the affected customer’s line to inform them of the requirement to migrate to an alternative service.’


Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, and hiSky Ltd, a provider of affordable satellite-based voice and data communications, announced today a cooperation agreement to provide affordable, low-capacity voice, data MSS (Mobile Satellite Services) and satellite IoT (Satellite Internet of Things) services in the Middle East via AMOS 17's Ka-bands and hiSky's newly developed Smartellite family™ satellite terminals. Using AMOS-17's Ka-band beams, hiSky's Smartellite Family solution includes a compact portable SIoT device based on Electronically Steered Antenna (ESA) technology, to provide low data rate services for various applications such as connected vehicles, trains, the energy and agricultural sectors in remote areas.