Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

• South African mobile phone firm Vodacom said last week it signed up more than 627,000 new customers in South Africa over December and now had nine million customers in the country.

• Following the successful launch of Oksijen SMSC in November 2003, Spacetel Benin has decided to extend its agreement with Oksijen to deploy EasyBridge, Oksijen’s multi-channel mobile multimedia services platform. According to the agreement, EasyBridge will go alive in February 2004. Earlier, Oksijen had supplied SMSC, multimedia services and bulk messaging platforms for another Investcom operator Spacefon, the leading GSM operator in Ghana as well.

• Maroc Telecom looks set to benefit from the 3rd France-Maghreb Convention held on the 8-9th January in Paris where it was promoting itself as the ideal regional platform for outsourcing and call-centres for which it has set aside a special zone. As a sign of confidence in Morocco, several companies have already opened call-centres there including: Atento, Phone Assistance, Transcom, Euro-Call, Web Cad, CRM Value et Dell.

• Algérie Télécom’s mobile operation has upped its mobile capacity to 500,000 to help it combat competition from Algérie Orascom Télécom.