Telecoms News - In Brief


- The Kenyan Government will license a third mobile phone provider by December this year, Transport and Communications Assistant Minister Andrew Ligale has said. Ligale said that bids for the same are expected to be completed by this month, adding that a licence for the third mobile provider will be issued in September for them to start operating by December 4, 2003. Wireless telephones to replace land lines

- TELOS Technology has won a contract to expand Nigeria’s Cellcom wireless network with CDMA 2000 1X technology in the main cities of Lagos and Abuja using TELOS’ next generation wireless network solution, the Sonata SE. Scheduled to be fully operational in Summer 2003, Cellcom’s network expansion plans will increase its subscriber capacity in Lagos to over 40,000 users and in Abuja to over 10,000 users while providing superior improvements in network coverage as well as voice and data transmission quality.

- Computer Warehouse Group, through its telecom subsidiary, DCC Satellite and Networks Ltd, has installed four VSATs for Unipetrol Plc. The four VSATs were installed at Benin, Kano, Kaduna and Abuja while a central VSAT called a Nodal was installed at the head office as a point where all data traffic terminates.

- The Federal Government of Nigeria has fixed September 28 as the new date for the launch of the Nigerian Satellite in Russia. Minister for Science and Technology, Professor Turner Isoun, who disclosed this yesterday, said the new date is at the prompting of the Russian Space Agency which is going to launch a military satellite during the earlier scheduled date of the end of July.