Telecoms News - In Brief


- South Africa's Vodacom has had a hoax SMS message that undermines its "Please Call Me" service. The SMS claims that if you answer a text message saying this you will be charged R5.50 for every second you are on the line.

- There have been press reports that a Canadian Company has submitted an offer to construct and operate Egypt's third cellular network. The company's name has not been revealed but officials had met representatives from the National Telecommunication Authority to discuss the offer, and that their feasibility study calculates a return of LE6 billion.

- Kenya's Safaricom, has embarked on upgrading its network to cope with expected growth. The cell phone firm, which is the market leader going by the number of subscribers hooked onto its network, has acquired sophisticated network expansion systems management tools from a leading systems vendor, CellTracker of Britain.

- Spescom DataVoice, the voice transaction management operation of multinational technology innovator, Spescom, has won a R10 million sub-contract with Alcom Matomo to provide an integrated voice recording solution for police services in Gauteng.