Telecoms News - In Brief


- Algeria's Orascom Telecom is launching a major charity campaign on behalf of its 2.5 million subscribers in order to help the poor of Algeria. For every call made, the telecom company will donate approximately half a dollar to three associations (depending on the monthly bill); the Algerian Red Cross, El Baraka for assistance to the handicapped and Kafalet el yatim, which looks after orphans.

South African cellular phone company MTN has announce a USD12 million sponsorship of African soccer's major events at a news conference in Cairo.

MTN will take over as the title sponsors of the next two African Nations Cup finals in Egypt in 2006 and Ghana in 2008 and of the African Champions League until 2010.