In Brief:EC withdraws draft roaming fair usage policy 

The European Commission has binned its draft fair usage policy (FUP) regarding free roaming, just days after it was published.The document, shared by the Commis, proposed limiting customers to 90 days of fee-free roaming per year, and obliged them to connect to their roaming provider's home network at least once every 30 days.The measures aimed to customers buying a SIM card in a country with cheaper prices and using it full-time in their home market.

***Senegal’s state IT agency ADIE has announced that the third phase of the national fibre backbone network – which will see the deployment of 3,000km of fibre by the end of 2016 – is ongoing in the south western Casamance, central Kaolack and eastern Tambacounda regions. In Casamance, ADIE is currently deploying 195km of cabling, with additional 149km under construction in Kaolack and 186km (Tambacounda). TeleGeography notes that the first phase of the project saw 500km of fibre deployed in the capital Dakar, while the second stage – which was completed in 2012 – consisted of the rollout of 1,000km of cabling to Mbour, Kaolack, Fatick, Tamba, Velingara, Ziguinchor, Saint-Louis, Louga and Diourbel.

*** Taiwan: Swedish vendor Ericsson said it has been selected to provide equipment and services to help Taiwan’s Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) develop its nationwide 4G LTE network. The agreement includes LTE RAN, Evolved Packet Core equipment and services such as network rollout, network design and optimisation, integration and training.The, head of Ericsson Taiwan, said: ‘We are pleased to partner with APT to bring Ericsson’s proven technology leadership to their business. With the introduction of 4G/LTE and continuous optimisations of APT’s networks, customers will experience superior voice quality and faster speeds on theirs smartphones

***Safaricom,Kenya’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, is earmarking ‘a significant portion’ of its KES32 billion(USD310.6 million) annual network investment budget for the improvement of its coverage in rural areas. The CEO said that the company plans to ensure that 80% of the country will have access to its 3G mobile data network by the end of the year.Speaking at the Africa Green Revolution Forum,Collymore said that efforts to revamp and accelerate agricultural production in sub-Saharan Africa will require the effort of both the public and private sector players.He noted that access to the internet and mobile value added services(VAS),including mobile banking solutions,will promote market access,adding that Safaricom has committed to connect around 23,000 public primary schools to the internet.

***A special group of the Russian government has prepared a roadmap on the use of Russian-produced telecom equipment by operators. According to this road map, Russian operators will have until 2020 to make sure 85 percent of the equipment they use is produced in Russia.The roadmap includes recommendations for Russian data centres and their equipment. This will also have to be 85 percent Russian-made. The statement noted that the Russian telecom industry depends on foreign producers and that this poses a threat to state security.