Telecoms News - In Brief


- The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has given mobile telephone operator, M-Tel until next Tuesday to pull down a mast said to have been illegally erected in Zaria

- Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has upgraded its Service Node Prepaid platform to Comverse's Real-Time Billing Solution. Seen as one of the strategic partners of Comverse in Africa, Econet has deployed value-added services from Comverse since 1999.

- The growth in Botswana's mobile phone teledensity has outstripped that of fixed lines by 27 percent since 1996, aBotswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) official said last week. Addressing Gaborone councillors at a full council meeting, Aron Nyeledzi said that the growth in mobile lines grew from zero in 1996 to 518,013 as at the end of February 2004. This represents a teledensity of 31 percent or 31 lines for every hundred people. On the other hand there were four lines per 100 people in Botswana by February 2004 after a growth of four percent since 1996 which translates to 133,740. In 1996, the fixed telephone teledensity stood at four percent.

- Kenya's Safaricom subscribers went without mobile phone services after the network collapsed for the better part of a day last week. The network pointed accusing fingers at TelKom Kenya for failing to provide the necessary links. The hitch disabled Safaricom subscribers as they could neither make or receive calls nor send short text messages.