Telecoms News - In Brief


- According to a presentation made by the Prime Minister, the telecommunications sector in Senegal represents 6% of Senegal's GDP.

- Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. last week announced that Vodacom had selected Comverse InSight to enable next-generation voicemail services. Vodacom also has chosen Comverse ISMSC (Intelligent Short Message Service Center) to handle SMS voicemail notifications.

- British-based Sendo, the world's third largest mobile phone handsets maker, has defied the gloomy look of an almost saturated market to launch its range of products in Kenya. The Sendo S330 features a Swahili menu, colour screen and both GSM and GPRS data features alongside the normal voice functions.

- Symmetricom and Grintek Telecom have announced that South Africa's MTN Group will implement a synchronization upgrade to its MSC, BSC and ATM network using Symmetricom's SSU 2000 Synchronization Supply Units and TimePictra network management software. The upgrade is to be rolled out in 21 locations throughout South Africa. The value of the deal including extended warranty and support is in excess of USD1.3 million.

- The Director-General of Nigeria's National Space Research and Development Agency, Prof. Robert Ajayi Boroffice, said last Monday the country would launch into the orbit a communication satellite in 2006.

- Senegal's Sonatel has signed a USD13 million contract with SRI Telecom to deliver rural telephony using wireless networks. It will then be able to offer voice, fax and internet to 650 villages.

- South Africa's MTN Group passed the 10 million subscriber mark in the quarter to end-June.The 10.09 million subscribers on its local and international networks represent a 5.7% increase since the financial year-end on 31 March.