Telecoms News - In Brief


- According to the Cameroonian government, it has received preliminary bids for a 51% stake in Cameroon Telecommunications (CamTel) from investors based in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. At least six bids were reportedly received by the mid-March closing date, with a number of other bids being submitted at the end of the month, after the deadline was extended. A second round of bidding is expected to get underway within the next couple of months.

- The new Hamas-led Palestinian government is considering connecting the Gaza Strip to Egypt's telecommunications network, communications and technology minister Jamal Al Khodari said on April 10. "We are currently linked to the Israeli network and, when we call abroad, we have to go through the Israeli network before reaching the desired country, which is very costly," said the Hamas minister.Khodari asked the Egyptian government to approve the request and to allow the Palestinian Authority to import goods into the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing from Egypt.

- Nokia has officially opened its office in Nigeria to serve both the country and the West African sub-region. This initiative according to Vithesh Reddy, Area Manager, Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia, Nokia Customer and Market Operations, is to expand its footprint in Africa and to demonstrate that Nokia is capable of delivering in the Nigeria market.