TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- The fifth Global System for Mobile communications operator in Nigeria, Etisalat Nigeria in collaboration with the Research In Motion (RIM), have launched the BlackBerry solution into the nation's market.

- MTN Ghana has launched its 3.5G technology in Takoradi and its environs. The mobile operator’s 3.5G services are now available to over seven million valued customers in Accra, Tema, Kumasi and now Takoradi and Cape Coast.

- Tanzania’s telecom operator Zantel has launched a free SMS service on its mobile network. Customers who buy Sh15,000 airtime will instantly get 1,000 free SMSs. They will get more free SMSs with every call they make on the Zantel network or other networks.

- Telecom Namibia announced that it has extended its 3G CDMA2000 1xEV-DO mobile data service to six additional localities: Katima Mulilo, Oshikango, Ondangwa, Okahandja, Henties Bay and Long Beach (near Swakopmund). Meanwhile, the company reports that it is currently installing new EV-DO base stations in Windhoek to complement the existing eleven base stations in the capital city.

- Sudan Telecom (Sudatel) has officially inaugurated a HSDPA network under the Sudani One banner, local daily Sudan Vision reports. The company’s executive manager, Emanuel Hams, noted that current investment in Sudan has exceeded USD200 million, adding that Sudatel’s wireless subscriber base exceeds four million.

- FNB eMoney Product House CEO Yolande van Wyk today announced the launch of Send Money - an instant solution for FNB customers to transfer money to anyone with a South African cellphone. According to FinScope, 3.8 million people send money to family and friends living within South Africa annually.

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