TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Tanzania: BR Solutions, a local information and communication technology firm, has launched a product dubbed "Huduma Fasta" that will enable Tanzanians to access business information through their cell phones. The technology which is currently available in Dar es Salaam is already connected to three mobile phone operators -- Vodacom, Airtel and Tigo and plans are underway to expand it to other regions.

- South African BlackBerry users affected by the recent outage should seek recourse from the National Consumer Commission, Business Day reported on Thursday, 13 October 2011. South African National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala said consumers would find protection under sections 55, 56 and 61 of the Consumer Protection Act, which provided rights on the quality of goods, and liability for damage caused by goods. Everyone who was involved in the value chain could be held liable in terms of section 61 of the act. Some commentators said this might be difficult because the system failure occurred outside South Africa.

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