TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Telecoms regulator the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it expects the introduction of number portability (NP) to take place from August this year. Last October the regulator announced it had selected a consortium of three companies – Interconnect, Saab Grintek and Telcordia – to manage the implementation of NP, which enables subscribers to retain their phone numbers when they switch service provider. The consortium’s licence took effect as of January 2012; within six months of this date set up it is required to set up and introduce the NP platform, ahead of a two-month testing period.

- Globacom has launched prepaid 3G plus services on its network making it possible for millions of prepaid subscribers to enjoy the benefits of high speed internet services. Globacom’s director of sales, Ken Hall, announced the commencement of the service at a media briefing held at the Mike Adenuga Towers, Victoria Islands Lagos on the 27th day of October. The internet package gives subscribers the freedom to use the service anytime, anyhow and anywhere he said. The 3G plus technology was extended to prepaid subscribers on the network to enable them enjoy benefits which before now where available to only postpaid subscribers, the first phase of the prepaid 3G services covers Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, Benin and Port Harcourt while plans are in top gear to introduce the service in other locations across the country.

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