Telecoms News - In Brief


- The employees of CORA, the mobile operator that recently closed down its operation in Cote D’Ivoire are unhappy with the decision and carrying out a hunger strike in protest.

- The Lagos State Government has stopped further expansion by GSM operators in the state as a result of alleged negative effects of their masts on the environment.

- SmartTrust has been selected to support the continued roll-out of Vodafone Live! in Egypt. Using SmartTrust Delivery Platform (SmartTrust DP), Vodafone Egypt will remotely configure subscribers’ Handsets over-the-air (OTA), allowing them to access Vodafone live! services without the need to manually reconfigure their devices or return to a Point-of-sale for a Handset update.

- CEO of Ghana Telecom Oystein Bjorge has recently agreed a loan facility for USD150m from the Chinese Export Credit Institute to be used to improve and expand telecommunications in Ghana. Modern equipment is being imported from Alcatel Shanghai.

- Senegalese regulator ART is to update its radio surveillance and spectrum monitoring equipment.

- Mobile phone handset and recharge card retailers and phone service operators in Kaduna, Nigeria are now having a hard time. Some retailers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday that they had in the last four months failed to enjoy the usual high patronage by subscribers who used to make calls or purchase handsets and refill cards. "Gone are the days when GSM was newly introduced in country and it was selling like hot cake," one of the distributors, Malam Nuhu Abubakar, said.

- Ericsson SA and Rhodes University Mathematics Education Project (RUMEP) have launched the MathsNet Internet Communication Project in Queenstown, Eastern Cape. The project aims to expand its mathematics teachers professional development programme, from a number of clusters, which work on their own due to the remoteness of their location, to a distributed community, working together through the Web-based resource development facility, called MathsNet.