Telecoms News - In Brief


- Alcatel has been selected by Orascom and its affiliate ARPU+ to supply Alcatel's Mobile Kiosk Service, which enables content aggregation and service delivery in a hosted-and-operated mode. The Mobile Kiosk Service will be deployed by Djezzy in Algeria.

- The World Bank (WB) has approved USD6m (sh10b) for the expansion of telecommunication services in rural and commercially-unviable areas in Uganda. The European Commission is providing 8.2 million Euros (about 10.9 million US dollars) for the rehabilitation of the telecommunications networks in the southern Mozambican provinces of Gaza and Inhambane. The project consists of rehabilitating rural telecommunications networks based on the existing transmission centres in the towns of Xai-Xai, Chokwe and Chibuto in Gaza, and Inhambane City,, Vilanculos and Massinga in Inhambane.

The new infrastructure, using radio techniques, will allow phone calls to Chicualacauala, Pafuri, Massingir, Mabalane, Mazivila, Mandlakazi and Chigubo in Gaza, and to Vila Franca do Save, Machanga, Mapinhane, Mabote and Pomene in Inhambane.

- Guiné Telecom (Guiné Tel), Guinea Bissau’s sole fixed line and mobile telecoms operator, has contracted Tecore Wireless Systems to expand its mobile network. Under the terms of the deal Tecore will expand the existing AirCore Mobile Switching Centre (MSC) capabilities, as well as increasing the network’s capacity and coverage area. Guiné Tel – with the help of Tecore - only launched its GSM network in 2004, despite having held a licence for several years.