Telecoms News - In Brief


- Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company has signed a contract with France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications (FTMSC) under which the latter will provide it with mobile satellite services in Algeria. The France Telecom-controlled subsidiary, which has held a licence to offer mobile satellite services in Algeria since June 2004, will supply voice and data solutions to customers in towns and villages outside the reach of the terrestrial PSTN. To date it has focused its efforts on delivering communications to the oil, gas, mining, media, tourism and maritime industries, as well as providing services to government institutions.

- ZTE administrative manager  in  Zambia, Andrew Chintala dismissed reports that the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) had de-commissioned 100,000 out of the 200,000 mobile lines built by ZTE in the country. "Those were just speculations, we (ZTE) were just moved from Addis Ababa because another competitor company (NEC)  had installations there and the corporation could not allow installation of the same equipment in the same town," he said.

- The Nokia Corporation has appointed Midcom as its second distributor in Uganda. The company had sealed a one-year renewable contract with the Nokia Africa headquarters in South Africa to offer both wholesale and retail services. Prior to Midcom's entry, another local based company, Simba Telecom was the sole distributor in Uganda for over five years.

- Mascom Wireless has written a letter of apology to the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) regarding their illegal use of Orange Botswana short code 1522.

- The paper sent to Cabinet addressing the legalisation VoIP has been waiting for over a year but is due to see the light of dawn shortly.

- Celtel Congo in DRC will shortly be introducing GPRS and EDGE.