Telecoms News - In Brief


- Nokia has announced the opening of a new office in Morocco. The facility, located in Casablanca, will employ 50 people responsible for managing relationships with Nokia’s customers and providing them with consulting services and technical assistance.

- As the interconnect dispute between telecom operators has refused resolution, the Nigerian Communications Commission, has appointed two consultants to study the situation. Detecon is to study the current situation and make recommendations to the Commission, while Pricewaterhousecoopers will undertake a study on the long-term effect on the industry of the interconnect rates as presently being paid.

- In Zimbabwe fixed telephone provider TelOne is drafting more than 600 graduates from the National Youth Service Training camps, infamously known as "green bombers" into its own private security company to guard against copper cable and wire thefts. The move by Tel*One, coming ahead of its restructuring, is causing anxious moments at the state-owned enterprise with some workers fearing they could lose their jobs to the "green bombers."