TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

-  MTN Nigeria said that its subscribers' base has reached 40 million active lines making the country the lead across its 21 operations.

- Tanzanian operator Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel) says it is looking to boost its mobile subscriber base by two-thirds within one year, despite an ongoing price war in the sector. Zantel is now looking to attract new users by targeting younger users and aims to add one million mobile subscribers in the next twelve months. It currently has around 1.8 million users.

- Following the Uganda Communication Commission’s (UCC) u-turn earlier this month, Ugandan cellcos have continued to lower prices. Warid Telecom and Uganda Telecom (UTL) have taken advantage by cutting prices and launching new promotions. Warid now charges UGX60 (USD0.02) per minute for calls within its network and UGX180 per minute outside, having reduced the price from UGX480 to UGX300 and then again to its current rate. It also launched a reward scheme whereby a customer receives an additional 200% of their top-up.

- Telecommunications company, MTN Ghana has recorded an increase in its subscriber base in the country from 8,721,000 in December 2010 to 9,070,000 at the end of first quarter 2011.

- GSM networks in Nigeria have embarked on a BlackBerry price war to encourage mobile subscribers to convert to their networks. In an apparent response to other networks in the country, Airtel Nigeria has introduced a new a new BlackBerry bundle – BConnected. The BConnected bundle offers BlackBerry Messenging (BBM), as well as access to social networks, Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. It also offers access to monthly, weekly or daily plans on the expiration of a 30-day free trial.

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