Telecoms News - In Brief


- According to a report in the Daily Champion Nigerians are spending N2 billion on recharge cards for mobiles.

- Zimbabwe's second city Bulawayo has approved an application by Celsys to set up mobile phone shops in the central business district. The company had applied for 60 phone sites but the council only approved half. Executive Mayor Japhet Ndabeni-Ncube said while the move was a welcome development, there was need to be cautious.

- The government of the Seychelles, a Commonwealth country, has recently notified the CTO of its decision to re-join the organisation as a full member country, with effect from this year. The 81,000 population islands, with a fixed and mobile telephone subscription rate in excess of 80% of the population, has one of the highest telecommunications penetration rates of the Sub-Saharan African region.

- SA's Telkom says that it will start talks with its unions - the Alliance of Telkom Unions (ATU) and the Communication Workers Union (CWU)- regarding the cutback of a possible 1,381 jobs during this financial year.