TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- The publicly owned Mozambican mobile phone company Mcel is planning to invest about US$70 million in infrastructures for its network. This strategy will call for the opening of 110 new base stations in the areas covered by its network, this being just part of the 200 planned for opening this year. Recently, the company extended its services to the Tete Corridor, in the west of the country, between the cities of Tete and Chimoio, with 12 new base stations.

- Eritrian mobile operator, Eritel has announced that the town of Nacfa thas now access to 24-hour mobile phone service. Previously mobile phone service in the town was limited to only 8 hours.

- In a move meant to keep the competition alive, Celtel Kenya has launched an 'unlimited talk' service that will see its subscribers make on-net calls everyday between 6am to 6pm at a flat rate of Sh99.

- Uganda Telecom has deployed its 3G mobile broadband service, which now enables its subscribed clients fast Internet access on their laptop computers or desktop PCs in the capital Kampala and two other towns, namely Jinja town (80 kilometres east of Kampala) and Entebbe town (35 kilometres south west of Kampala).

- Celtel Kenya customers can now access both data and voice services while in Nigeria. This follows the signing of a roaming agreement with Celtel Nigeria last week making it possible for customer travelling to the West African nation to use General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) services while roaming.

- Nine South African writers have written original 28-chapter short stories to be read on cellphones as part of a larger MOBfest initiative, which inspires innovative content creation on the mobile platform.

- Pirate handsets are selling at 30% of what you would pay for a genuine branded handset in Ghana.

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