Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Nokia has launched a mobile phone and networking division in SA, although the cellular handset provider says the move will not affect local Nokia distributor, the RF Group.

- Intec Telecom Systems has signed a contract with Kenya's leading mobile telephony provider, Safaricom. The agreement includes the purchase of Intec?s Inter-mediatE solution for mediation and Intec's Inter-activatE solution for flow through activation of mobile services.

- The Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has recognised Celtel, UTL and MTN for spearheading the use of Information Communication (ICT) Technology in the country. UCC's executive director Patrick Masambu gave out the awards at UCC's fifth anniversary dinner at Nile Hotel Gardens.

* Nitel's mobile arm Mtel grew from 90,000 lines in December 2003 to 600,000 connected lines while the value of the company has also shot up within the period, from USD75million to USD500million.