Telecoms News - In Brief


- Nigeria’s President Obasanjo has signed into law the new Telecommunications Bill which restructures the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to give it full autonomy and establishes a Frequency Management Board. In addition, the new law includes provisions which allow for the faster deployment of telecoms services around Nigeria and sets up a Universal Access Fund which aims to ensure all Nigerians have access to telecom services.

- Eng. Akeil Besheer, chairman of Telecom Egypt, said that the company would take its final decision concerning the establishment of a third mobile network by early September. Besheer added that, Telecom Egypt is currently conducting a feasibility study to determine the best options in order to participate in the mobile market. The available choices entail launching a third network, or acquiring a stake in one of the existing two mobile services companies. The outcome of this study would be submitted to the Cabinet by next September.

- In ten months time Ghana Telecom will have a new regional office complex at Koforidua including an ultra-modern Customer Service Point, a conference room, and fibre point.

- SA’s MTN has launched a prepaid top-up service through MTNICE that allows MTN prepaid users to top up their airtime and that of their friends and family from a cellphone. MTN’s consumer portal manager Gary Trehair says the system is linked to the user’s credit card and debits it at their request.