Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Following the call for tender for 3rd generation licences the Moroccan regulator, the ANRT, has announced that six companies had asked for the documentation and four have submitted a formal proposal. There are Itissalat Al- Maghreeb (Maroc Telecom), Maroc Connect, Médi Telecom and Njema Télécom Maroc (Kuwaiti Group Wataniya International). Etissalat (UAE) and Reliance Infocom Limited (India) have withdrawn from the process in the meantime. The ANRT will grant a maximum of three licences. Each licencee will be asked to pay 360 millions dirhams (US$42 millions) and to provide a contribution in the spectrum reorganisation.

- Telecommunications solutions provider Psitek, has been awarded the prestigious SABS Design Excellence Award for the design of its Jembi product, a supervised payphone solution. Based in South Africa, Psitek main outlets have been emerging markets in the continent. The company has sold over 30,000 units of its payphones in the East African region and it plans to expand to Ethiopia and Sudan.

- The Guinea-Bissau Communications Institute (ICGB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel, in an effort to improve the quality of telecoms services in Guinea-Bissau. The MoU will make it possible for the two countries to cooperate on such measures as regulatory harmonisation and the drawing up and setting up of pre-agreed standards to be reached by the smaller country’s telecoms operators. In addition, it will make it possible for Guinea-Bissau to access details on tariffs and prices charged by operators and their compliance with contractual rules, and the drawing up of targets for quality and services. The MoU, the 25th signed by Anatel, also makes provision for administrative support on matters such as budget management, finances, IT and infrastructure.