TELECOMS

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- At the end of September Senegal was home to 5.01 million mobile users, thanks to the net addition of 289,000 new users in the third quarter, a cellular penetration rate of 47.35%. France Telecom unit Orange Senegal ended the period with 3.188 million customers, up from 3.042 million at 30 June, to lead Millicom International Cellular (MIC’s) local unit Sentel GSM (Tigo), with 1.822 million (up from 1.679 million).

- South Africa’s mobile operator MTN and Research In Motion have announced that the BlackBerry Bold smartphone is now available from MTN dealers in South Africa.

The smartphone supports tri-band HSDPA high-speed networks around the world and comes with integrated GPS and Wi-Fi, as well as a rich set of communications and multimedia capabilities.

- Zimbabwe’s largest wireless operator by subscribers Econet Wireless has announced that, due to the shortcomings of its existing post-paid billing platform, it is migrating subscribers on its Business Partna contract package to a pre-paid platform, reports sundaymail.co.zw. Econet spokesman Ranga Mberi said Business Partna customers will be moved to the pre-paid system with effect from today (10 November). According to Mr Mberi, ‘This measure will be temporary, as the company is working to install a brand new, state of the art billing and customer relationship management [CRM] system.

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