In brief

3 May 2019

Telecoms

Nexign, a leading Business Support System (BSS) and Internet of Things (IoT) platform provider, today announced a strategic reseller partnership with Dubai-based system integrator and solutions specialist, NETS International. The collaboration will allow the two industry leaders to bring flexible and scalable network-solutions offerings to operators across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, enabling them to accelerate their transition from communications service providers (CSPs) to digital service providers (DSPs).

Mozambique Telecom (Tmcel), the state-backed fixed and mobile operator in Mozambique, has signed a USD2.5 million contract with the Elitis International consortium for the repair of the Maputo-Beira submarine cable, following a tender launched in mid-2018, local news source A Verdade writes. The repair of the submarine cable will guarantee the redundancy of the fibre-optic backbone, thus improving the quality of services for national customers, as well as the interconnection services with neighbouring countries, including Zimbabwe and Malawi.

The Director General of Sierra Leone’s National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), Maxwell Massaquoi, signed on 26 April 2019 an MoU with telecommunications regulatory heads from Liberia, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire that aims to implement the One Area Network initiative. Once this plan has been put into effect, mobile phone users visiting the signatory countries would be able to use their local numbers to make and receive calls at no extra cost. Efforts to promote integration in the Economic Community of West African States union have prompted telecoms regulatory bodies to develop partnerships to improve their domestic operations and ensure customers enjoy the benefits of roaming.