Telecoms News - In Brief


- According to local reports, Econet Wireless Nigeria is to invest US$75m in a national microwave transmission backbone.

- Celtel Uganda is spending US$1.5 million on a new advertising campaign, in an effort to win over new customers.

- Madagascar has plans to install 600 telecentres within four years, according to Mamiharilala Rasolojaona, the head of Telma. 20 will be set up this year with a range of donors including UNDP. He also announced the third stage of Tour Zital, a "technology zone" aimed at its larger customers, which offers video-conferencing.

- SchlumbergerSema, the IT business segment of oilfield and information service company Schlumberger, has completed a major new implementation of its BSCS 7.0 customer care and billing solution, for Tunisian telecom operator Tunisiana. SchlumbergerSema was able to complete the two million dollar project in less than two months.

- The Kenyan Government plans to increase the number of fixed telephone lines countrywide by a million. The minister for Transport and Communication, John Michuki, said last week. The rural areas would be given priority because of high demand.

- MTN Nigeria Communication Limited, announced last week that it has signed an interconnect agreement with the second national operator and fourth GSM operator, Globacom.