Telecoms News - In Brief


- African telecommunications company GS Telecom has set up shop in SA, from where it will market its new VSAT offering.The company says its initial focus will be on its new IP-based VSAT services, branded "AfricaConnect". Grinaker-LTA Construction, MTN Nigeria, Shoprite Checkers and Woolworths are among GS Telecom’s existing local clients. Phil Hewitt, sales and marketing manager for GS Telecom, says the company uses satellite technology and incorporates C-Band and proprietary inbound and outbound TDM/TDMA access, to bring two-way broadband IP connectivity for data, Internet, voice over IP and virtual private networks within reach of companies doing business in Africa.

- Uganda’s teledensity has grown from 0.25 lines in 1996 to 2.5 lines per 100 people today. The mobile teledensity stands at 2.2, while the fixed line density is 0.3, Hodge Semakula of the Uganda Communication Commission said on Friday last week.