Telecoms News - In Brief


- Voiceware Systems, announced the opening of an office in Istanbul, Turkey. The representative office will provide sales and marketing support of Voiceware Systems in the local market and will also cover regions including the EMEA (Europe, Middle-East and Africa) region.

- NetShield SA, which recently signed a joint venture agreement with ICT systems and communications distributor Comztek, has reportedly embarked on an aggressive expansion drive across the country. Comztek say that local research and development house, NetShield SA, has introduced revised pricing structures for its range of products, which aim to enhance network connectivity and telecommunications. These products include media converters, transceivers, interface switches, laser communications, multiplexers, modem eliminators and lightning protection units.

- Following its recent announcement of talks with unions regarding job reductions, SA's Telkom reports that it signed a Collective Recognition Agreement with the Communication Workers' Union (CWU) last week. According to Telkom, the agreement with CWU, which reportedly represents about 40% of Telkom's bargaining unit, is a sign of commitment by both parties to foster a harmonious and constructive relationship going forward.

- A recent report issued by Egypt's Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology announced that 40 companies are currently operating within the telecommunications field, sporting an aggregate paid in capital of LE2.985 billion and a total investment cost of LE5.679 billion. The number of companies operating in the IT field meanwhile total 1,070, with a combined paid in capital of LE2.144 billion and a total investment cost of LE3.459 billion.