TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Rwandatel, has restructured its prepaid billing tariffs for calls and Short Messages (SMS) across local networks. The new billing structure now includes per minute tariffs alongside per second rates that was rolled out when company switched to GSM technology. The company's Corporate Communications Manager, Cleophas Kabasiita said that the changes aim at offering clients with alternatives.

- Splash Mobile Money Limited (”Splash”), a mobile payment system provider, and MoreMagic Solutions, a mobile transactions provider have announced the availability of Sierra Leone’s first mobile money transfer system, enabled by MoreMagic Solutions industry-leading MWallet platform. Splash customers in Sierra Leone can now send money using just the mobile phone, quickly, easily, cheaply and without any requirement to have a bank account.

- Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL) has partnered with ForgetMeNot Africa, a specialist in unified messaging for telecoms operators, to launch a two-way e-mail service across ETL’s entire wireless subscriber base. ForgetMeNot’s Message Optimiser will bring e-mail to rural and urban areas across Lesotho via any mobile phone, without the end user requiring internet access, or the need to upgrade their device or download a specific application.

- MTN Nigeria has launched its HyConnect fixed line and internet service in Calabar, the regional capital of Cross River State, reports local news source Compass News. The service offers high speed internet via fibre-optic cables to both residential and SME customers.

- Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has revealed that the ongoing network expansion work being carried out by ZTE of China and Sweden’s Ericsson will include the expansion of its 3G network to all major cities and tourist resorts. 3G is currently available in parts of the capital Harare.

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