Telecoms News - In Brief


- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has confirmed the receipt of full payment of $400 million by Mubadala Development Company (MDC) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for its unified access service license.

- Vodafone agreed to sign for a 3G licence in Egypt for 3.34 billion Egyptian pounds (€0.45 billion) and 2.4% of annual revenues from 3G services. The licence allows Vodafone to launch 3G services, although under the licence conditions it cannot launch before the third entrant Etisalat who is expected to launch in Q1 2007.

- Ghana Telecom has offered to reward any member of the public who provides information leading to the apprehension and arrest of a group of unidentified persons engaged in destroying underground and overhead cables laid by the company under its expansion programme.

- Zimbabwe’s mobile telecommunication companies are expected change their numbering system from nine to 10 digits to accommodate more subscribers on their network systems.

- Telecom Namibia Limited on Friday announced it has formally engaged TDS Director Operations (Pty) Limited to manage the production of Namibia's telephone directory. TDS, which stands for Telkom Directory Services, is a subsidiary of South African telecommunications giant Telkom.

- With continued significant growth in the MEA region, Motorola has announced an expansive educational engagement strategy for 2007, which includes larger targets for recruitment and internships as well as curriculum development and thought leadership in business and engineering programmes.