Telecoms News - In Brief


- The Nigerian Parliamentary House Committee on Communication has demanded for a full public hearing on NITEL Management Contract Awarded to Pentascope.A member of the committee, Alhaji Nasiru Dantiye said that, "Pentascope don't have the technical and managerial ability to turn around NITEL, neither do they have the financial might or connection to do it," Dantiye said. According to Dantiye, "my telephone has not being working for the past four months, yet I receive at the end of each month, bills amounting to either N20,000 or N30,000."

- There is talk of forming an African VoIP grouping as part of AfrISPA.

- Telkom South Africa must be feeling confident about competition in South Africa. It’s looking north to acquire companies like NITEL but it also has the DRC and two East African countries in its sites. Will it become the first regional telco that’s not a mobile operator?

- Kenyan regulator has issued 12 new licences and a further 20 are awaiting approval.