TELECOMS

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Liberia's COMIUM mobile phone company has once again reduced its rates. COMIUM announced to its prepaid customers the new reduced rates as of January 6, 2006. COMIUM subscribers calling other COMIUM subscribers will pay US 10 cents; 27 cents to COMIUM in Sierra Leone, and 40 cents elsewhere in the world.

- Nigeria's Multi-Links Limited, a national fixed wireless operator, has announced the launch of various value added services and call management services for its subscribers. The new collection of services is tagged "options".

The Executive Director of the company, Chief Ezekiel Fatoye, said "Now our subscribers can SMS other Multi-Links phones for just N5.00 per message. Moreover, the subscriber can send SMS internationally to subscribers on 349 networks in nearly 150 countries all over the world for just N15 per message. In addition, he can also send e-mails from his phone for just N20 per e-mail and receive e-mail messages on his handset for free."

- Four out of 100 Ugandans own phones, MTN's chief executive officer Noel Meier has said. "A few years ago, the telephone was for the privileged few with teledensity at 0.2%," Meier said.

- Ghana Telecom's Onetouch GSM mobile network has again recently extended its GSM coverage and is now available in the following towns: Donkorkrom, Apeabra, Sewua, Adeambra, Agotime, Aboase. With new base stations being built across Ghana, Onetouch GSM reaching more places and has extended coverage to over 250 cities, towns and villages in Ghana.

- South African mobile phone company Vodacom says it finished 2005 with 17.5 million mobile subscribers, having signed up a record number of users in December. ‘We signed up just under 1.1 million subscribers in December - a new record in a month since Vodacom was formed,’ a spokesman for the firm told Reuters; the previous record was 750,000 achieved in September.

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