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Telecoms operators seek policy flexibility in favour of CDMAs

The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) on Wednesday called for policy flexibility in favour of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators. The ALTON Chairman, Mr Gbenga Adebayo, told Newsmen in Lagos that the Federal Government should give the operators access to capital and other incentives to survive. Telecoms Mast “With the declining CDMA operation in Nigeria, there is urgent need to help the operators remain in business in order to allow for the continuity of their operations, which has cheaper tariff than GSM service,” he said. Adebayo called on telecommunications regulators to revisit the interconnect rate model and give preferential treatment to CDMA operators. NAN reports that CDMA is a wireless communication technology ...

Europe to cap intra-EU call fees as part of overhaul to telecoms rules

European Union institutions have reached a political agreement over an update to the bloc’s telecoms rules that’s rattled the cages of incumbent telcos. Agreement was secured late yesterday after months of negotiations between the EU parliament and Council, with the former pushing for and securing a price cap on international calls within the bloc — of no more than 19 cents per minute. Texts will also be capped at a maximum of 6 cents each, Reuters reports. While roaming charges for EU travelers were abolished across the bloc last summer, the parliament was concerned that charges for calls and texts between EU Member States is often disproportionately high — hence pushing for the cap, which was not in the original EC proposal. The Commission proposed a new European Electronic Communication...