TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Telkom Kenya has moved to retain its grip on the high-end smart phone market with its launch of the Apple iPhone 4, intensifying a battle between mobile operators keen to stamp their authority on the segment. The move extends Telkom's relationship with the Apple brand in Kenya, where it has secured exclusive rights to market the phone.

- In Tanzania, TiGo has launched a pre-paid BlackBerry services. Subscribers will have unlimited access to the internet, after paying 7,000/- for a week, 20,000/- for a month and 55,000/- for 90 days and 100,000/- for six months.

- Zimbabwe’s LonZIM's subsidiary, Forget Me Not Africa (FMNA), has signed two agreements with telecommunications companies to offer low cost messaging and chatting services, giving the London Stock Exchange (LSE) listed investment company access to 42 million phone subscribers on the continent. LonZim, listed on the LSE Alternative Investment Markets (Aim), announced that FMNA, the company's 51% owned subsidiary, signed agreements with Nigeria's Glo Mobile which is part of Globacom Group and Kenya's Essar Telecom.

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