* Noel Meier will be taking over from Tom Bragaw, who, as CEO of MTN Uganda, led the team through the highly successful implementation phase to where the business is today.Noel started his career with the Department of Posts & Telecommunications where he gained a wealth of experience in the Telecommunications industry. In 1995, soon after the launch of mobile services in South Africa, he moved from Telkom SA to MTN as Regional General Manager, responsible for operations in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

In 1998, Noel was requested to head up the implementation teams tasked with the establishment of MTN’s GSM operations in Rwanda and Uganda. Acting as CEO for both operations, he successful initiated the start up process until handover to permanent CEO appointees.In 1999 Noel was appointed CEO of MTN Swaziland during which time MTN Swaziland enjoyed extraordinarily growth and in doing so, trebled the country’s telecommunications market. Today, MTN Swaziland reaches over 80% of the population and is ranked in the top 10 most mobile penetrated countries in Africa.

* M-Web has announced the appointment of Kim Reid as CEO. Reid was previously CFO of MultiChoice. Reid will be reporting to Antonie Roux, who heads the group’s global Internet initiatives.Says Roux: "The Internet market can be compared to a cross-country track - if you slow down it is guaranteed that others will pass you. To stay ahead, and meet consumer and business needs, we need a strong leader who will make the right business decisions. That is why Reid is such a perfect fit. M-Web and MultiChoice have great similarities, as both are subscriber-driven and content-rich businesses. Coming from the latter Reid brings with him a host of experience. He has also worked in the global market, where profitability, efficiency, budget control, rich content as well as marketing are essential."

* In an interview with the Express, Colin Taylor, President of Rogers Telecom says:" Conditions are not yet right for the start of operations." Rogers Telecom is a joint venture with French company Outremer Telecom. Reason? There is not yet true liberalisation until ICTA sorts out the interconnection issues.

  * Court reports: In the trial of former Kenya Pipeline Company Managing Director Dr Linus Cheruiyot and nine others who it was alleged defrauded the State Corporation of KS339 billion, it was revealed this week in court that the minutes of the computer tendering committee (which took place in December last year) were falsified....Five employees of Data Global Company ­ Noel Eric-Adera, Edward Kiprotech Keter, George Ngigi Thuo and Cecilia Wakiringa Kariuki ­ were charged last week with using radio communication equipment without a licence to provide illegal telecoms services.

* Kenya’s Internal Security Minister Chris Murungaru said that the government will provide a technology equipment and training programme to update the Kenyan police force.

* On the move: Mandla Msimang, Head of Policy Analysis and Development at the South African regulator ICASA is leaving... Caroline Mugwanyo who used to be General Manager for Africa Online’s Zimbabwe operation is now Operations Executive for 1-2-1 Cell Money