Telecoms News - In Brief


- Officials in Cairo said that firms wanting to apply for Egypt's third mobile licence will be able to submit offers from April 17, which must be accompanied by a guarantee of US$4.4m, reported Reuters. MTC from Kuwait has said it will bid and Telecom Egypt may bid while Saudi Telecom has declared interest.

- Rural Telephone Project of the MTN Nigeria Foundation, has won the 2006 GSM Association award in the category of Best Mobile Community Service. The MTN Rural telephone project is a micro finance scheme whereby rural women in Nigeria, referred to as "Phone Ladies" are loaned money through microfinance institutions to operate call centres in their communities.