- 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.
- Globacom, has launched a new Value Added Service called Muzik Greetings. With the service, subscribers on the Glo Mobile network can compose, customise and send musical dedications or greetings for different occasions to their loved ones. According to Adeniyi Olukoya, Globacom’s Marketing Coordinator, with Muzik Greetings, the subscriber can say ‘Congratulations’, ‘I Love you’, ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Happy Anniversary’, not with words but with a song, using any background music of his choice.
- Orange Mali has made Orange Money Transfer International free of charge, instead of costing EUR 5, until the end of the year. Malians or anyone living abroad can send funds to Orange Mali subscribers by connecting to omtransfer.com, identify themselves and provide the phone number of the person they are sending funds to and their Visa or MasterCard number. The receiver must hold an Orange Money account, which is free to open.
South Africa's Afrihost is reducing the cost of excess web traffic and disk space charges on cloud hosting packages. Additional web traffic usage will now cost ZAR 3.50 per GB, down by 50 percent from the previous rate, while excess disk space will be cut by 64 percent from ZAR 2.50 per GB to 90 cents per GB. As an additional benefit to existing cloud hosting clients, current Gold and Platinum Cloud clients will be upgraded to Enterprise Cloud Bronze and Gold respectively to enjoy more resources and better performance, while still saving ZAR 100 per month.
Vodacom South Africa has launched the HTC One smartphone. The phone is offered with Smart contracts and a bonus 250MB of data per month. With the Smart S plan, this comes out at ZAR 449 per month on a 24-month contract. The device will run on Vodacom's LTE network.
MTN's Nigerian subsidiary says that it is seeking talks with the regulator after it ruled that the company modify the cost of its on-net voice calls after deciding that the low costs were distorting the market.
Kenya Airways has partnered with Safaricom where subscribers can now use the loyalty Bonga Points to pay for domestic flights. The new partnership that was launched on Thursday allows customers to trade 28,000 Bonga Points for a one way ticket and 40,000 points for a return ticket on any domestic route.
Kenya Airways Managing Director Titus Naikuni said that the airline has been at the forefront of embracing developments within the mobile and ICT sector to enhance customer experience.
In a press conference held last Friday in Libreville, the chief executive office of Gabon Telecom, Lhoussaine Oussalah, announced wide-ranging cuts in fixed, mobile and broadband (ADSL) pricing to maintain an edge in an increasingly competitive local market. Local news portal Info Gabon quotes the CEO as saying that the cuts took effect from 1 April 2013 and are in part, the result of a regulatory directive stemming from 2010 which recommended cuts in basic telecoms services in Gabon to facilitate improved access for the wider population.
South Africa's Telkom Mobile announced it's offering free unlimited Wi-Fi access at over 400 hotspots across the country to subscribers on qualifying plans. Prepaid and top-up subscribers are also allocated free Wi-Fi access for seven days or 30 days, subject to product-specific terms and conditions, when they recharge with airtime. Subscribers who are not on qualifying plans can buy Telkom Mobile Wi-Fi ad hoc bundles valid for 30 minutes for ZAR 25 or 60 minutes for ZAR 40. Once they have established availability of Wi-Fi access, customers can purchase a Wi-Fi bundle by dialling *180#.