TELECOMS

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- In order to improve service quality on its network, MTN Nigeria has announced that it would add 36 additional MSCs (mobile switching centre) to its network and 12 new BSC (base station controllers) to reach a total of 63. In the meantime competitor Celtel has extended its network coverage map to more communities in the South East Region of Nigeria. The newly added communities are in Abia, Imo and Ebonyi States.

- Nedjma, Algeria's third private mobile operator has reinforced its innovative and multimedia leadership in Algeria with the launch of its Zhoo portal. “Zhoo”, the Arabic meaning for entertainment, offers a wide range of music, sports, films and other programs and content.

- Angola Telecom announced successful tests of a new optic fibre audio-visual communication system in the Malanje province of the country.

- In South Africa, MTN has launched a digital content service for their subscribers with all the news from the 2008 MTN Africa Cup of Nations.

- Nokia has unveiled two mobile handsets aimed at consumers in emerging markets. Nokia 2600 classic, which will retail for approximately EUR 65 (US$94) before applicable taxes or subsidies, has begun shipping, ramping up in all key markets during the first quarter of 2008. Nokia 1209 will become available globally during the second quarter of 2008 and will retail for approximately EUR 35 (US$51) before applicable taxes or subsidies.

- Celtel Congo has announced that it will be introducing low calling rates on its network.

- National incumbent Sotelgui has announced the roll out of its mobile service in the provinces of Lélouma et de Tougué in Guinea

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