Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- A new software programme dubbed "Phone Monitor" that monitors and records details of telephone calls for companies and organizations to reduce business cost was on Wednesday launched in Accra. The product manufactured by the Delta Information Systems, a local company, records details of call duration, callers' identification numbers, calls estimated charges and provide periodic usage reports.

- Orascom Télécom Algérie's mobile network Djezzy has reached 2 million subscribers.

- Vodacom Moçambique last week reached the 100 000 customer milestone after commencing commercial operations in December 2003. "Speed has been the name of the game for Vodacom Moçambique. The core network was built in three months, a six-figure customer base reached in six months and now we're aiming for profitability by this time next year," said Clive Tarr, Managing Director of Vodacom Moçambique.

- Atlantic Wireless has established a new GSM company, Libercell. Furll services are expected to begin next month. It will offer services in Tubmanburg, Buchanan, Gbarnga, Ganta, and other towns and villages outside Montserrado County.

- SA's Cellpage is opening up its cellular pager service to the wider market after it was previously offered only to doctors, says Cellpage client liaison manager, Marc Reed.Reed says the feedback received from CellDoc, a paging service launched two years ago solely for doctors, has been positive and Cellpage has now launched the product targeting other markets, including IT professionals.