Monday, 5 December 2011

Spectrum successfully policed (South Africa)

The ICASA's Pretoria office has seized kit belonging to ArcellorMittal in Pretoria West following what is described as 'illegal use' of the radio frequency spectrum. ICASA initiated an investigation three weeks ago, with an inspection on 24 November 2011, during which it failed to produce licences for the equipment currently being used. It was given 7-days written notice to pay an estimated ZAR 2 million (USD 247,083) in licence fees. Five repeaters and 6 mobile hand-held radios were taken. Other offices will be visited shortly.

CFO resigns (Turkey)

Turkcell Chief Group Finance Officer Serkan Okandan is resigning with effect from 31 December 2011. He joined the operator in 2000, and has been CFO since 2006. The operator said that it is now started the process of candidate evaluation for his replacement.

Smarter phones (Namibia)

MTC has announced that it is launching the iPhone4S in Namibia and to Southern Africa, so beating the 16 December 2011 launch date of its competitors. According to Apple, the iPhone 4S gives improved battery life, a better camera (8 megapixel with 1080p video recording), and 14.4Mbps. HSPA, and the Siri voice control system. MTC’s Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo said the demand and uptake of the iPhone 4S was ‘phenomenal’. A one-off connection fee of NAD 218 (USD 26), an extra payment of NAD 2999 (USD 362) and a monthly fee of NAD 399 (USD 399) per month for 24 months.