TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Mobile telecommunications NetOne is set to release at least 100,000 new lines onto the market in a move to expand its subscriber base in Zimbabwe.

- Renatelsat, Congo CDR national satellite communications company has announced plans to expand progressively its coverage to whole country. Service will be soon rolled out to Lodja, Shabunda, Bagata, Gemena and Lisala.

- Mobile operator MTN Nigieria announces a two percentage drop in its market share in the last financial year from 47 per cent in 2004 to 45 per cent in 2005. The loss in market share is due to growing competition in the industry. MTN Nigeria however recorded 15 per cent increase in its subscribers base to hit a total of 9,636,000.

- The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has announced a tariff rebalancing sometime next month. The tariff rebalancing is meant to align the tariff of a service with its underlying costs, according to BTC's Chief Executive Officer. Under the revised tariffs, international rates will go down while local rates will go up.

- Nigeria's third largest telecommunications network Vmobile has officially changed its name to Celtel.

- Celtel Malawi has relaunched its public wireless payphone service to target the rural population with no access to either mobile or fixed line phones. The phones may be purchased for MWK27,500 (USD209) or leased from Celtel,

- MTN in South Africa has announced that it will spend R700 million to expand telecommunications to under-serviced rural areas over eight years.

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