Telecoms News - In Brief


- Business Parks of Mauritius which is managing the "cyber-city" project in Ebène has issued a new tender document for the supply and implementation of a telephone network on the site.

- As part of efforts to stem the tide of the prevailing interconnectivity disputes in the telecommunications sector, the industry regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has issued a procedure for resolving interconnectivity disputes. The procedure known as NCC Rule for Arbitration of Interconnection Issues and Disputes, makes allowance for the appointment of an arbitrator, who may be a staff of the commission or an outsider with relevant competences, to arbitrate on open or unresolved interconnection issues arising under the Nigerian Communications Act 2003.

- will announce the availability of a low cost 802.11b VoIP handset at’s 2nd Wireless Internet Summit, November 10-11, 2003, in Santa Clara, CA. "It looks and a works like a cell phone, but it does not depend on a cell phone company. The WiSIP phone means Free World Dialup users no longer lose access to Free World Dialup when traveling," noted Jeff Pulver.

- RAD Data Communications’ Vmux voice compression solution has been chosen by Atlas Telecom Network, the wholesale division of Atlas Telecom, a global telecommunications operator with operations in Africa.

- Econet Wireless Kenya had a setback last week, after the High Court temporarily stopped it from being issued with a licence by the Communications Commission of Kenya.Earlier in the day, the consortium, which won the bid for Kenya’s third mobile phone operator, had submitted a performance bond to the commission within the stipulated 30-day period, after winning the bid, and was now looking to raise Sh2.1 billion for the licence fees. Officials of the Ushirika Communications Ltd, special purpose vehicle created for members of the consortium from the co operative sector had declared at a news conference that the consortium will raise the funds by the end of December. High Court Judge Lady Justice Calpana Rawal issued the orders last week, following an urgent application by the Kenya Telecommunications Investment Group (KTIG) one of the unsuccessful bidders for the license.