TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telcoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage: In Brief

*Vodacom’s Tanzanian mobile unit has launched a new promotion dubbed ‘Cheka Time’ under which subscribers can register to receive 25 voice call minutes and 25 messages (SMS) for TZS1,000 (USD0.70), or pay TZS400 for a bundle of ten call minutes and 15 SMS. Subscribers will also be awarded five free SMS after registering for only TZS100, with all services available for 24 hours upon registration.

* South Africa: Data calls could be reduced by 2.1 percent if Telkom's tariff adjustments are approved by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa).

*Cell C recently announced that its subscribers can now access the search giant Google and social network Twitter on their mobile phones using MXit.

* M-Pesa monthly transactions have grossed over the Sh25 billion mark. M-Pesa, operated by Safaricom, had so far registered 9-million cellphone banking customers since its launch in March 2007.

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