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- Telecel Zambia plans to invest USD15 million next year to add more towns to its network. The company plans to connect Siavonga next month and several other towns in the in the coming year. And the company has opened an outlet in Monze with an initial investment of USD20,000.

- MTN Uganda has launched a mobile tele-conferencing service called Y’ello Chat. Pay As You Go (pre-paid) customers can initiate up to three connections at ago, while Talk Time (post paid) customers can initiate up to six connections.

  - The Nigerian Federal Government is to spend N500 million to upgrade the Kafanchan telephone exchange from analogue to digital, according to Senator Isaiah Balat. Balat, who was quoting a December 8 letter written by Communications Minister Cornelius Adebayo to the Senate Committee on Power and Steel, said that the completion of the job would ease phone linkages in the entire southern part of the state.

- Orange Madagascar has added the towns of Ambatolampy and Vohémar to its network over the Christmas period.

- Angola’s Unitel has inaugerated its network in the province of Zaire (nord), at a cost of USD300,000. It now has extended itys network to eight of Angola’s provinces.

- Kencell Communications Limited has expanded its network to cover the remote North Eastern parts of Kenya. The company has expanded its Yes! network to cover Mandera, Moyale and Mambrui as part of its nation-wide expansion strategy.

- Egypt’s two local mobile phone operators have agreed to pay 1.24 billion Egyptian pounds (USD201 million) each to the telecoms regulatory authority to boost their mobile networks. Under the deal, Vodafone Egypt and MobiNil (EMOB.CA) would have access to a higher mobile spectrum to enable them to improve services. The spectrum was previously held by state-owned Telecom Egypt, which had an unused licence for a third mobile network. Telecom Egypt would now relinquish its licence, the National Telecoms Regulatory Authority said in a statement.

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