Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Millicom Group has renewed its contract with Mach which provides roaming to over 280 million subscribers over Latin America, Asia and Africa.

- Uganda MPS want the former Posts and Telecommunications managing director, Ssempala Mbuga, arrested for allegedly causing the company a financial loss of USH59m for sub-contracting work carried out by Mentor Property Services.

- Cameroon’s Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Maigari Bello Bouba, said at a press conference that all numbers would gain a digit as from 1 June 2007. Subscribers of CamTel, the fixed line incumbent, will see a 2 or a 3 added to the start of their numbers, while mobile customers will get an extra 7 if they are with MTN, or a 9 if with Orange. The change will increase the capacity of the numbering system from eight million to 80 million.

- Some five hundred jobs in offshoring call centres are due to be created under the Memorandum of Understanding signed here between Morocco and the French group Capgemini.

- MTN Uganda has unveiled a $52 million (more than Shs91 billion) plan to upgrade its network. The new platform will enable the company to support at least 10 million subscribers. The upgrade will be carried out by Ericsson.

- Marius Foungues, head of the Artel , the Gabonese telecom regulator has encouraged mobile operators to share infrastructure in order to reduce telecommunication costs. Local newspaper, Gabonnews quotes that the installation of base station costs 300 million CFA francs ($600,000).

- Tunisie Telecom has signed an agreement with the consumer rights protection organisation in the country covering the main areas where the telco has to make improvements. This includes the upgrading of its call centres as well as resolving network saturation issues.