Telecoms News - In Brief


- Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has less efficient fixed line operations and poorer quality service than its counterparts in neighbouring countries, according to a study by the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis. The report concluded that the incumbent telco wasted more money than other state-owned African operators and was also slower to roll out services to rural communities. It recommended that the government fast track plans to introduce further liberalisation to the telecoms market and privatise BTC for the benefit of the population.

- Apparently Mali’s Ikatel is so frustrated with the prices offered by incumbent Sotelma on its section of the fibre link to Senegal that it is discussing whether it will build its own fibre link to the border...Malian VoIP remains illegal but the “under-the-counter” deals done by Sotelma are still in place.

- Congo-Brazaville’s President has decided to take away the right to international gateways away from mobile operators and to force them to use NAME. The reason? A desperate attempt to add value to the nearly bankrupt company as it goes looking for investors.

- VoIP is legal in Algeria simply on the basis of obtaining a dispensation from the regulator.