Telecoms News - In Brief


- Telecom companies from Egypt, Italy, India, Saudi Arabia and the UAE plan to build a submarine cable linking Europe to India through the Middle East, Reuters reported citing a statement by Telecom Egypt. The cable would have a design capacity of at least 2,560 gigabits a second. Construction contracts will be awarded by the end of 2006.

- Members of the telecommunications group of ECOWAS met this week in Bamako to discuss further how to establish a mobile roaming system among ECOWAS member states that would help harmonising roaming charges and encourage mobile usage when travelling.

- Orange, the French mobile company has announced that it is moving its customer service activity dealing with its prepaid Mobicarte service to Morocco.