MERGERS, ACQUISITIONS AND FINANCIAL RESULTS

READERS' RESPONSES

CORRECT INFORMATION ON STATE-OF-PLAY OF GHANA'S MOBILE OPERATORS

The info about Ghana Telecom in issue 253 is incorrect. First, Ghana Telecom does not have the widest coverage. Currently,there are only 115 running base-stations nationwide, despite the huge resouce base the company has over its competitors. In terms of subscriber, ONEtouch (GT's mobile service) stands at No. 3 (not second) and the No. 1 is Spacefon Areeba, formally Scancom (and not Millicom). GT's mobile subsriber base is around 150,000, while Mobitel's own (Buzz) is around 300,000. In fact, Spacefon Areeba has over 1 million active subscribers now, more than ALL lines form ALL other operators (including fixed lines and other GSM and non-GSM networks) put together.It will also interest you to know that apart from GSM, there are other mobile networks in Ghana. Millicom has their "Hello Home" (in addition to the Buzz GSM network), which is an analog TACS network. Another non-GSM mobile network in Ghana "Kasapa, which is an analog AMPSnetwork. And for your information, Kasapa is very far advanced in rolling out a digital CDMA2000 network. Installation of this network has already begun.

Anon

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CELTEL KENYA DID NOT GET THERE FIRST WITH Me2U APPLICATION

The article in issue 254 is a bit misleading, CELTEL Kenya was not the first operator to launch Me2U in the region, MTN Uganda launched the service around about July 2004. The Me2U application launched by MTN Uganda was also locally developed.

http://www.mtn.co.ug/personal/vas.htm

Dick Gweno

Apac, Ugnda

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