Telecoms News - In Brief


- International telecommunications company, interWAVE Communications has secured a USUSD4.8 million order for Commercial Facilitators Limited (CFL), a value-added telecom service provider in Nigeria, to expand their fleet of interWAVE’s Cell-On-Wheels solutions. interWAVE’s Cell-On-Wheels solution can be installed in any number of vehicles, including trailers as well as trucks. Interwave Communications has also secured a Sh98.8 million (USD1.3 million) contract to expand Safaricom’s mobile telephone network.

- Econet Wireless Nigeria has been adjudged the Best Consumer Sensitive GSM Network in the country ahead of its major rivals in the mobile phone industry. In a poll conducted by Handwriting on the Wall, a consumer advocacy column in Thisday on Sunday, in conjunction with Purpples Consult, a Brand Support and Consumer Relations Consultancy, Econet ranked top of the mobile or GSM group in the Telecommunications category. Econet polled 140 points to beat MTN, which scored 120 points. Globacom came third with 100 points while NITEL (Mtel) scored 20 points. The results are based on 100 per cent consumer perception.

- The Minister of Communications, Chief Cornelius Adebayo has said that the growth in the nation’s telecommunication industry is phenomenal and that from 2001 to date, the connected fixed and wireless lines increased from 400,000 to over 3 million lines.In the area of investments, Chief Adebayo disclosed that from N50 million yearly investments as at December 1999, the situation has improved to over N4 billion currently.