Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Motorola’s Commercial, Government and Industrial Solutions Sector (CGISS) has announced that its sales for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region amounted to some US$109 million in 2002, up US$18 million from 2001. The company’s analogue radio business and accessory sales account for US$40 million, with the balance being generated through the sale of digital radio systems.

- The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has granted Algeria a US$60 million loan to finance the expansion of its mobile telephone network, the official APS news agency said last week. The money from the Jeddah-based bank would help instal another 500,000 lines, part of a government-run project to cost $142 million, the agency said.

- Morocco and Italy signed a memorandum of understanding last week in telecommunication, to foster cooperation in areas of internet, e-government, e-commerce, e-education and bank-related information. The MOU also covers enhancing information trading on information and communication regulation policies, and application of new technologies in postal services.

- Comsearch, an Allen Telecom company, has confirmed the sale of its microwave path design software tool to support Vodafone’s GSM network in Egypt.