Telecoms News - In Brief


- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has asked mobile network operators to install the software that will make stolen phones unusable once their loss has been reported. According to a report in Odili at present an average of 600 handsets are stolen daily.

- Last week South Africa’s Competition Commission found there was insufficient evidence to support Orion Telecom’s allegations that Telkom has been engaging in anti-competitive behaviour. The commission decided not to refer the matter to the Competition Tribunal.

- The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has once again commissioned Telkom to provide a range of voice and data services for the 14 April general election. Nombulelo Moholi, Telkom’s chief sales and marketing officer, says Telkom has implemented a WAN to relay statistics from voting stations around the country to the IEC’s National Results Operations Centre in Gauteng.

- Sun Microsystems has introduced key new products, programs and partnerships for operators, handset manufacturers, application developers and content providers to capitalise on the growing demand for advanced mobile data services. Sean O’Hare, Java Systems Engineer at Sun Microsystems SA notes that Java technology is making mobile data services happen. "From the data centre to the device to the latest mobile Java Web services, Java is the preferred platform for open and secure mobile services. Sun is providing solutions for the entire mobile ecosystem - infrastructure products, handset implementations and development platforms, enabling operators, device manufacturers and developers to securely connect everything and everyone on the planet to the network."