Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Egyptian communications minister Tarek Kamal has confirmed that a third wireless licence will be put out to tender in September. The winning bidder will compete with Vodafone Egypt and Orascom’s Mobilcom. The ministry anticipates that the third network will be up and running by late 2006/early 2007.

- Government has put the granting of a second cellular phone operating licence on hold. Jan Kruger of the Namibian Communications Commission (NCC) told The Namibian this week that the Information and Broadcasting Ministry had temporarily suspended the process to focus on "more pressing issues". The "pressing issues" Kruger referred to might relate to Government's plans to sell off a 34 per cent stake in MTC to a regional or international player before the end of the year.