Telecoms News - In Brief


- SA Telkom has announced the first roll-out of ADSL in Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Potchefstroom and Welkom.

- The Nigerian Second National Operator (SNO) Globacom may be months, perhaps weeks away from the rollout of its services. After a couple of unfulfilled deadlines which has heightened anxiety among potential subscribers, the company has initiated series of activities in recent weeks which point towards a roll out anytime soon. One of such activities was the meeting recently held with the over 350 dealers who have been selected to market the company’s products and services.

  - Tenders opened last week for the second cellular licence in Namibia and the process will close on September 4 at 12h00. A clarification meeting for prospective tenderers will take place on July 23 in Windhoek. Tender documents can be be obtained from the NCC for a fee of N$2,500.

- SONATEL is rolling out ADSL to the following places: the airport, Diamalaye village, Cite BCEAO, Yoff, Tandian, Cite Air France, Liberte 6, Sacre Coeur 3, Grand Yoff, Patte d’Oie, Scat Urbam, Cite SIPRES, Hann Maristes, Dalifort, Le Mille 8 Sonacos, Cite Elisabeth Diouf and the Espace apartments.

- French phone giant France Telecom said last week it had completely restored telephone communications with earthquake-ravaged Algeria. France Telecom said in a statement it had repaired the undersea Alpal2 cable between the Spanish island of Palma de Mallorca and Algiers. The line was damaged by a severe quake that shook the Algiers and Boumerdes provinces on May 21, claiming close to 2,300 lives.