-Nigeria ended June 2013 with a total of 120.36 million fixed and mobile telephone subscribers, up from 117.28 million three months earlier and 113.21 million at the start of the year, according to the latest statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). GSM mobile operators accounted for 97.55%, or 117.41 million, of the country’s total telephony user base at the end of the second quarter of 2013 (up from 109.83 million users six months earlier), followed by CDMA mobile networks with 2.13%, or 2.57 million (down from 2.6%, or 2.95 million, at 31 December 2012).
-Airtel Zambia has registered 1.3 million subscribers for Airtel Money of which more than 60 per cent are active users. Ms Lumpa said the company targeted to reach half-a-million transactions of its 1.3 million subscribers registered on the Airtel Money service by the end of this year. Ms Lumpa said Airtel Money had expanded customers’ flexibility in consumption habits without necessarily having physical cash.
- Safaricom has unveiled a new internet bundle targeted at the youth dubbed 'chattitude'. The product which is targeted at the youth will enable customers access social networking sites for 10 shillings a day, adding up to about 300 shillings a month. The daily bundle will automatically renew every 24 hours and in the event that the bundle fails to renew due to lack of funds then access to the three sites will be charged at normal cost.
South Africa's Telkom Business has launched an out-of-bundle rate of ZAR 0.79 per minute to all networks at any time. The SingleRate targets SME customers on a BizTalk contract for ZAR 299 per month. This provides a 79c out-of-bundle rate from the landline to all local networks all the time and includes line rental and up to 700 minutes per month. By adding another ZAR 49 per month, the same ZAR 0.79 out-of-bundle rate applies from a Telkom Mobile phone to any network. Both lines have per-second billing.
Zimbabwe's Telecel is offering prepay credits of up to US$20 when a customer reactivates a dormant SIM Card.
Namibia’s largest mobile network operator, MTC, has announced a massive reduction in its data bundle rates. The reduction of rates, of nearly 30 percent, is in addition to the introduction of two new data bundle packages. This comes at a time when MTC is registering gigantic growth in data usage, thanks to the increase of smartphones in the market.
Orange Kenya has launched a new mobile data bundle of 20MB for KES 20. The bundle has a validity of seven days. Orange has also reduced the prices of two other mobile data bundles: the 50MB bundle drops from KES 100 to KES 50 and the 100MB bundle from KES 150 to KES 120. For the next three months, Orange will also reward its customers with a 100 percent bonus for every mobile data bundle they purchase, ranging from 20 MB to 5GB. This bonus data can only be used between 22:00hrs and 06:00hrs.
Following the announcement in March 2013 to aggressively reduce Internet price plans and bundle rates, MTN SA is pleased to announce an extension of this big mobile data sale until 30 September 2013.
“The price plan reduction has proven to be sufficiently successful and we have decided to extend these data offerings to our customers until 30 September 2013. We acknowledge that data remains an essential requirement for the continued development of the digital world,” says Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN SA.
- Orange Kenya has launched a Facebook dial service, offering mobile access to Facebook to entry level customers not previously possible for mobile data users. The first in Kenyan market, the service dubbed ‘Facebook Bila Net’ targets Orange customers who previously relied entirely on internet cafes, borrowed data-enabled devices or personal computers to browse and update Facebook.
MTN Nigeria says it will discontinue SIM swaps by proxy effective from June 7, 2013, stating that after this date, customers who wish to 'swap' or replace their SIM cards as a result of their phones being stolen, destroyed or misplaced must do so in person.