TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

*Harare — Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe's largest mobile service provider, has become the first operator in the country to offer a comprehensive per second billing system across all networks. Econet's billing system will apply across all networks as well as international calls.

* Raging price wars have brought over 500,000 new subscribers within the space of 90 days into the Rwanda's telecoms network which is actually a very refreshing outlook. Now as the levers of intense competition shifts to a higher gear, watchers are anticipating subscriptions to top out at 4 million up from the current 3 million by end this year. Tigo Rwanda, with barely 20 months of existence in the market has managed to get 500,000 subscribers much to the surprise of both MTN and Rwandatel.

*Rwandatel announced a massive cut to Rwf 3 per minute for its prepaid customers along with Rwf 500 sim card loaded with Rwf 500 free credit. This kind of new pricing means that Rwandatel is effectively on the war path to at least regain its lost ground within the voice segment. Rwandatel also announced huge cuts on its 'akanyenyeri' phone from Rwf8,000 to Rwf5,000, which also comes with 250 complimentary minutes and 300 units of free SMS, making it the cheapest handset on the market.

* Zain Nigeria, one of the mobile operators in the country has introduced free SMS lowered tariff for calls within and out of networks (off-Net and On-Net calls), free weekend calls and many other benefits for its customers.

* Nairobi — Telecoms operator Safaricom on Tuesday unveiled a new tariff promotion that will see its subscribers call from as low as Sh2 per minute.
Under the new scheme called Masaa Tariff, customers will be able to make calls within the network at between Sh2 and Sh4, depending on the value of their last top-up. Calls to other operators will cost between Sh3 and Sh5.

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