MTN South Africa has launched a promotion for PayAsYouGo and MTN Zone TopUp customers to pay ZAR 0.75 per minute to call the UK, US and 10 other countries. The same customers pay between ZAR 1.19 and ZAR 2.59 to call South African MTN numbers. MTN's international calling promotion makes it possible to call 12 destinations for 75c per minute and another 28 destinations at 99c per minute.
- Nigeria: Micro-Station, a one-stop-shop for mobile phones, laptops and their accessories has extended its retail business to Victoria Island in Lagos, aimed at meeting the demands of phone users in the area. Located on Saka Tinubu Street, the Victoria Island retail outlet, which was unveiled on Monday, brought to three, the number of retail outlets operated by Micro-Station in Lagos.
MTN has clarified a press statement it sent out yesterday, which claimed "lowest international call rates to key African destinations" had been introduced for cash-strapped consumers contending with "financially strenuous times". According to the operator, thanks to its new rates, consumers would "be able to talk to loved ones living in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Nigeria, Lesotho and Swaziland without having to empty their pockets". MTN said its new "lowest" rates started from 75c per minute.
- Nigeria's MTN has entered a partnership with a retail online store, Jumia to offer free mobile internet access for each new customer.
- South Africa ISP Web Africa has started offering capped ADSL users free data between midnight and 06:00hrs. Subscribers will receive an amount of free data equal to the size of their current cap, until the end of November.
- South Africa ISP Afrihost started a two-for-one offer on top-ups for its mobile data service. Afrihost's standard top-up rate is ZAR 99 per GB, so the new offer makes this ZAR 49.50 per GB. The 2-for-1 Topups will be available from mid-September and will run at certain times each month until the end of the year, at which point the offer may be extended. The offer applies to top-ups online or over the mobile app or SMS.
Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s largest cellco in terms of subscribers, has reportedly defied the ruling of telecoms regulator the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) to reverse its latest price promotion ‘Buddie Zone’, which saw its call rates drop to USD0.10 per minute. Technology Zimbabwe reports that, in an interview with Econet’s CEO Douglas Mboweni, the executive reportedly stated: ‘[Our customers] have been enjoying Buddie Zone, and they will continue enjoying Buddie Zone, because we see nothing wrong with the offering.’
-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.