* The new Director of ART, the Senegalese regulator in an interview with Sud Quotidien "to strengthen the healthy regulation of the telecoms sector" and he assured its readers:"The course is fixed and tomorrow all those who will work with us in the permanently solicitous radiance of ART as much as at a sub-regional level as at an international level." Perhaps a bit more competition for SONATEL would not go far amiss?

* Albert Kan-Dapaah, Minister of Communications for Ghana,told Parliament that a programme has been launched to increase the switching capacity to address telephone services in Kumasi. The project comprises expansion of the Kumasi Alcatel from 5,000 lines to 40,000 lines, installation of a new Alcatel switch in Tanoso, the UST and Buokrom with 5,000 lines each.

* Marlee Norton is leaving the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association. The NTCA was responsible for several pieces of consultancy work on telecoms in rural areas. She has gone to train to be a priest in the Episcopal Church.

* As the new contract managers of the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) settles in, Rein Zwolsman, the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has said that attention of the first national operator would shift from provision of basic telecommunications service to modernization and expansion of its network. Some of the innovations in the pipeline include plans to provide value added services such as voice mail, pre-paid calling card service, audio conferencing and mass calling.