Telecoms News - In Brief


- According to the Nigerian local paper this Day, the Minister of Communications, Dr. Obafemi Anibaba said that the federal government will soon auction the fourth GSM licence under the open bidding system.

- State-run telecommunications operator Telkom Kenya could sack up to 10,000 employees by January. Information and Communications minister, Mutahi Kagwe has said the long-delayed retrenchment was being timed to coincide with the licensing of a second national telephone operator.

- The Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) is to review the current telephone numbering practice. To come up with a new policy, the BTA has engaged the services of Adam Smith International from the United Kingdom as consultants from May 2006. The consultants were to assist in the telephone numbering Policy to address the country's current and future management challenges of administering telephone numbers.

- Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe's largest mobile phone operator, would offer 3G to its subscribers by February next year. Econet said the introduction of Third Generation technology to its network would enable it to add 800,000 new lines as well as help it fend off competition from external players.

- After putting off applying for a 3G licence due to unattractive terms, Mobinil in Egypt has set its sights on acquiring an advanced 3G licence that will provide it with higher bandwidth. According to reports in Al Mal, the financial weekly, the operator has begun negotiations with the NTRA to explore possible measures for bringing down the licensing costs.