Telecoms News - In Brief


- Nigeria signed a deal on Tuesday last week with Dutch telecoms consortium Pentascope for the management of its troubled national phone carrier Nitel for an initial three-year period.

- Telecom Egypt and the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology have signed a five-year frame agreement with Nortel Networks - estimated at approximately US$60 million - for expansion and modernization of Egypt’s national telecommunications infrastructure.

- An estimated 100 Telkom Kenya Limited technicians in Nakuru region, downed their tools yesterday demanding the removal of the company’s managers. They demanded the sacking of Managing Director, Augustine Cheserem, Human Resource manager, G K Gakure and the regional manager, Ali Hassan Boya. They called on the Anti-Corruption Police Unit to investigate alleged embezzlement of company funds in Nakuru.

- Former workers retrenched by the Zimbabwean state-controlled Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (PTC) in 2000 staged a sit in at all PTC premises until they are paid their terminal benefits.

- The Uganda Communications Commision (UCC) has raised about sh4.4b from the 1% levy on communications operators. The money was accumulated from the 1% levy of the annual gross income from all the major communication players.