Telecoms News - In Brief


- UK firm Analysis Consulting Company Ltd has been awarded the tender for the interconnection study by the Tanzania communications Commission (TCC). It is going to be completed by October of this year

- NITEL is to allocate 250,000 new digital lines to Lagos to ease the current congestion on the network.

- Having failed to get court approval of its bid to cut Transtel’s outgoing calls, Telkom has warned that it will take further action if it finds Transnet ‘misusing’ its telecommunications services. The dispute has been referred to ICASA.

- Phenomenal user take-up in the period April 2002 to March 2003 has resulted in SA’s Absa registering more than 13,000 active cellphone banking users.

- MTN Uganda has said it acts responsibly when digging trenches for installation of its optic fibre network in Kampala. Philip Besimire, the company spokesperson, last on Saturday, MTN has always covered and sealed all trenches after completion of the work in a specific area. Kampala City Council (KCC) on Thursday last week stopped MTN and Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDCL) from carrying out any further digging. Town Clerk Gordon Mwesigye made the directive.