Telecoms News - In Brief


- Joseph Ndong, the Senegalese Minister in charges of telecommunications has assured that the call for tender for a third new operator will soon be announced. The minister explained further that under the new licensing scheme, the operator will be in position to offer fixed, mobile and data services.

- In preparation for market liberalisation, Telecom Namibia has come up with a strategic business plan that goes until year 2010. The country's only fixed telephone line operator has announced the restructuring and reorganisation of its businesses, a process that is likely to see some employees declared redundant

- Angola's state-owned mobile telephone network operator, Movicel has announced the launch of a vehicle tracking and telemetry service based on 1xEVDO technology. The mobile operator further revealed that it was testing TV broadcasting on 3G mobile phones.

- Officials of Qualcomm are visiting Tanzania where there are expected to hold talks with government officials, mobile phone operators and Internet service providers on how to introduce third generation (3G) technology.