Telecoms News - In Brief


- East African Submarine Systems (EASSy), a project launched to interconnect East and South African countries via high capacity optical fiber, is holding a four-day conference at the Sheraton Addis.

- South Africa-based telecommunications firm, Psitek, has opened a regional office in Nairobi to support its operations in the East and Central Africa region.

- According to ICT market research analysts BMI-TechKnowledge (BMI-T) the West African state of Nigeria is set to become one of the major mobile cellular markets in Africa as the country's gross mobile subscriber base grew from 2.8 million in 2003 to 8.6 million by the end of 2004 and is expected to reach over 23 million subscribers by the year 2007.

- The International Tribunal appointed by the International Court of Arbitration has ruled that it has no jurisdiction to rule in the shareholders dispute between Econet Wireless and its Nigerian partners over the ownership control of Nigerian cell phone operator Vee Mobile, formerly Econet Wireless Nigeria. The tribunal referred the matter to a new panel which must be appointed by a Nigerian judge, without considering the merits of the case. The ruling means that the long running legal dispute is set to continue before a Nigerian tribunal.

- The Zanzibar based GSM network, Zantel has signed with Eskadenia to deliver a customer account management platform with an initial licence of 200,000 subscribers; a number that will be upgraded at further stages within a foreseen time plan. The system will manage accounts of post paid and prepaid subscribers and provide complete rating of more than 1,000,000 CDR per an hour.