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- Nigeria’s Science and Technology Minister Professor Turner Isoun said that because of the enormous growth of demnd for VSAT in the country, the Government will launch a second satellite in 2006. He estimated that two out of every three intercontinental telephone calls are transmitted via communications satellite. He added: "The market is dominated by PANAMSAT, EUTELSAT, INIELSAL, IMMASAT and so on. Conservatively, the cost to Nigeria is over USD5 billion every month."The minister listed several other objectives of the project, adding that a lead consultant had been appointed to work with others to carry out a comprehensive exercise on its take-off.

- A report in Guinéenews indicates that the Société des Télécommunications de Guinée (SOTELGUI) cellular network is far from stable. Last September the network was down for four to five days in towns in the interior. In N’Zérékoré there were long stretches when the network was down meaning the thousand subscribers in the town were without a service. The service was only launched in August of last year although the network is supposed to have capacity for 3,000 subscribers there are clearly problems in operating the network. There are reports of people buying pirated GSM handsets to get on to the network because it has failed to meet demand.

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