Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Nokia Music+ makes South African debut

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has announced that its subscription based music service is planned to be available to South African consumers for $2.7 a month.

Nokia Music+ is an additional feature to the company’s already existing free-to-stream service. However, Nokia Music+ is a premium service that is expected to provide increased control over the consumer’s listening experience.

According to a Nokia statement, its free music service will continue to be available free to Nokia Lumia owners, with no advertisements, registration or subscription.

Source: ItWeb Africa

Vodacom slashes Prepaid data pricing by 84%

Vodacom has slashed its Prepaid data pricing by up to 84% on its latest data promotion which is set to run from 27 March to 30 April 2013.

Phil Patel, Chief Officer of Vodacom’s Consumer Business Unit commented: “The market is rapidly moving towards smartphones and we’d like our customers to enjoy more Facebook, Twitter and email whenever they want. We hope the new promotional rates will enable them to do just that.”

Source: ITNews Africa

MTN Fined for Poor Network Quality in Nigeria

MTN's Nigerian subsidiary has been fined N90 million (US$567,000) by the telecoms regulator for missing quality of service levels.

Director, Public Affairs of the Commission, Mr. Tony Ojobo said the fine was imposed following a drive text carried out in December 2012 in which MTN failed to meet the minimum standard of quality of service including the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) set out by the commission.

In related news, MTN separately said that it would upgrade about 5,500 of its sites across the country.

Source: Cellular News

Orange Kenya Launches Nisort – Pay4Me Service

Orange has launched a reverse charge call service dubbed ‘Nisort’ that will allow callers to make reverse charged calls. This service will allow callers to make calls and have the call recipients pay for the calls.

The Orange Kenya Nisort service will only be available for Orange-to-Orange calls (on-net) and only complete the call if the recipient accepts the charges.  Orange allows customers a 10 number white-list; whereby the recipient can set ten telephone numbers whose Nisort calls will be accepted automatically.

Source: The Kenyan Online

Airtel Tanzania unveils affordable off-net calls offer

Mobile network operator Airtel Tanzania has launched a new service that enables its customers to make off-net voice calls and SMS at savings of up to 75% compared to previous rates, without the need to change their SIM card. The new service, dubbed ‘Airtel Yatosha’, combines a one SIM, one tariff proposition bundling voice, SMS and data in one package that can be mixed to suit the customers daily needs. Prices for the new service start at TZS349 (USD0.22) for ten minutes of voice calls to any network, 100 text messages and 25MB of internet downloads (per 24hr period).

Nigeria: NCC Crashes Voice Tariffs, Favours New Entrants

Nigerian subscribers' demand for the cost of voice tariffs to be lowered has been answered with a new mobile termination rates (MTRs) also known as interconnect rates introduced yesterday night by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) with effect from April 1, 2013.

According to the regulator who retained Asymmetrical Rate, which favours newer operators, the new entrants and small operators irrespective of the originating network charge N6.40kobo from April 1, 2013; N5.20kobo from April 1, 2014 and N3.90kobo from April 1, 2015.

Source: The Leadership

Tanzania: TCAA to Digitalise Transmission of Flight Plans

In a bid to improve provision of information on flights schedules and other related issues at major airports in the country, the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) will soon introduce a new digital method.

The new method will send the information using ATS Message Handling System (AMHS) to cut down on time and human costs that were deployed using analogue system of Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN).

Source: Tanzania Daily News

Country-specific climate vulnerability data now online

Data from a climate vulnerability monitor for 184 nations are now available via an interactive online portal, making them more accessible to researchers, academics and policymakers worldwide.

The data are based on the Climate Vulnerability Monitor report, first released at the UN climate conference (COP 16) in Cancun, Mexico, in 2010, and updated in September 2012.

Source: SciDevNet

Telecel introduces Broadband Plus

TELECEL Zimbabwe has introduced Telecel Broadband Plus and is giving subscribers double the data they pay for when they buy data bundles worth $10 or more.

It is also giving away 300 megabyte of data and 30 text messages with its dongle.

If a bundle is renewed within 30 days, the account will be credited with another 100% bonus.

In a statement the company said the new data service comes with four bundles — Compact, Lite, Standard and Heavy.

Source: News Day

Nigeria’s Glo announces global Wi-Fi bundle

Nigeria’s telecom operator Globacom (Glo) has announced the launch of a new Internet wireless router in the hope that it will boost ”on-the-go and office” connections for users.

According to the operator, the launch offers users greater access and higher Internet speeds, particularly within the home environment.

“The Glo Mobile Wi-Fi is a mobile portable device that can connect up to five Wi-Fi gadgets (PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones and PSPs) to mobile broadband,” the company stated in a media release announcing the launch of the new router and increased services.

Source: ITNews Africa
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