Telecoms News - In Brief


- About N3 billion naira has been recovered out of the N43 billion owed the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited. (NITEL), Mr Tayo Ekundayo, NITEL’s deputy general manager, public relations, has said. Reports from several sources indicate that Nigeria’s incumbent is auditing its subscribers lines to confirm ownership and help to recover the company’s considerable outstanding debts. It is also seeking to lower the level of faulty lines the company has at any one time.

- The Dakar-based Centre d’Entrepreneuriat et de Développement Technique (CEDT), better known under the name G15 is going to offer a two month long training course in telecommunications for the police and military of Senegal and Togo.

- The Malawi Privatisation Commission is trying again to sell its fixed line incumbent to Econet Wireless International. Despite winning the bidding for it, the company walked away. What was the stumbling block? The Privitisation Commission must know. EWI owner Strive Masiyiwa said his company had set its sights elsewhere."We pulled out of that bid although we had initially won it," Masiyiwa said in an interview. "We subsequently set our sights on something new. We have been approached by the authorities there on several occasions but we turned it down. At the moment we have set our sights on the Kenya project basically and that is what we are focusing on."