Telecoms News - In Brief


- Vivendi’s 51%-owned Moroccan subsidiary Maroc Télécom has revealed it is launching a new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in France, called Mobisud, on 1 December 2006, aiming the service at people of North African origin who regularly make calls to Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. Other shareholders in Mobisud include Saham (18%) and French network operator SFR (16%), whose GSM infrastructure it will use.

- Egyptian Telephone Company (ETC) has bought a 70 percent stake in Kenya's telephony gadgets assembling firm, Gilgil Telecommunications Industries, in a US$24 million deal, officials confirmed.

- It appears  that the controversy surrounding the aftermath of the Malawi Telecommunications Limited’s (MTL) privatisation refuses to die. MTL employees are angry over what they have described as the company’s delaying tactics to give them their pension money and are demanding urgent payment. Representatives of the company’s workers made the demands on Tuesday during a meeting with MTL management in Blantyre. The incumbent has 2,400 employees.