Telecoms News - In Brief


- Cape Verde has suffered from reduced telephone and Internet connectivity for 15 days after the main underwater fibre optic cable connecting the archipelago with the world was damaged by a fishing boat in an accident. As the damages now are repaired, a Cape Verdean court will have to decide who is to pay the repair costs.

- Econet Wireless Kenya's cellular phone licence, which had been rescinded by the country's Ministry of Tourism and Communications over delays in paying a final instalment of required fees, has been restored by the Kenyan High Court.

- Ahead of 2005 fiscal year, Ogun State Government in Nigeria has disclosed its intention to purchase two Mobile Internet Vans at a cost of N35 million to reduce the digital divide between urban and rural areas as well as providing Internet services to all and sundry in the state.

- South African telecommunications and electronics company, Tellumat, last week announced a partnership with Inter-Tel, to distribute Inter-Tel’s advanced Communication solutions in South Africa with immediate effect.

- Armscor, the SA defence acquisition agency, has awarded a five-year ICT outsourcing contract to IT and telecommunications services and solutions company T-Systems, in a deal valued at some R100m.