Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Telephone subscribers in Rivers State owe NITEL N1.2 billion.Territorial Manager, Elijah Akpan said the debt had adversely affected NITEL’s plans for expansion.A NITEL document made available to press showed that Federal and State ministries, as well as their parastatal agencies, owed N117.5 million, while the Nigerian Army owed N6.2 million.The document, also, showed that the Navy owed N9.9 million, the police N34.1 million and the State Security Service 3.7 million.Debts owed NITEL by both private and business subscribers amounted to N1.04 billion.

- Last week, the Mozambican government presented a bill intended to liberalise the telecommunications market.

- South Africa’s Telkom has emerged as South Africa’s most empowered company in the Financial Mail’s first-ever Top Empowerment Companies (TEC) survey that was released this week.