TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), said that there are now 53,332,149 million active lines on the network as at end of June 2008, adding that consequently, this figure has pushed Nigeria's teledensity to 38.09 per cent, which represents about 38 phones to 100 of Nigerian population of 140 million.

- Celtel Kenya has launched an offer on its 'Unlimited Talk' service. The promotion will see subscribers access the service at Sh65 daily for Celtel to Celtel Calls between 6am and 6pm for a short period. According to the firm this translates to a 35 per cent reduction on calling rates.

- Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe's largest mobile cellular operator, has increased the number of connected lines on its network to 870,000, cementing its dominance on the local market. Douglas Mboweni, the company's CEO said Econet released 220,000 additional lines after increasing the capacity of its pre-paid system to take the stock of its connected lines beyond 654 000.

- Zain has announced that the application forms and prospectus of its impending capital increase will be available at all National Bank of Kuwait's (NBK). Every Zain shareholder of record on 10 March 2008, the date the company held its ordinary and extraordinary General Assembly Meeting will be eligible to subscribe to a number of capital increase shares equal to 75% of the total number of shares they held on this date.

- The Central Statistics Office (CSO) indicated that Mauritius teledensity, which is defined as the number of fixed telephone lines per 100 inhabitants, which was 28.4 in 2006, went up to 28.6 in 2007, while Mobile density or the number of mobile cellular phones per 100 inhabitants increased by 19.3 per cent, reaching 73.4 in 2007 from 61.5 in 2006.

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