Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Lagos — Bharti Airtel, the world's third largest telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Africa and Asia, today announced a significant milestone in its African odyssey when it acquired its 30th million customer in Nigeria. In acquiring 30 million subscribers in Africa's most populous nation, the company has hit another milestone of achieving a 20 percent market penetration in the country.

Samsung launched fourth generation internet enabled smartphones targeting middle income earners who want the most of their mobile experience. Samsung is using the launch as a strategy to win the hearts of mid to low-cost smartphone buyers who are majority in the Kenyan market. The Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 mid-range smartphones follow the successful uptake of Galaxy J1 whose features and affordability have endeared them to many Kenyan youth. Samsung has been feeling the heat of new entrants such as Tecno Mobile, Huawei, Infinix and Wiko who now tower the segment.

Tanzania registered a total of 1.166 million new subscriber identification module cards (SIM) between January and March this year as mobile phone firms grapple to win new clients in an ever expanding market of six mobile operators. Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) says number of Sim cards registered grew by 4% in three months as MIC Tanzania which trades as Tigo leads in customers. This brought the total number of SIM cards to 33,180,333 at the end of March 2015 - up from 32,013,930 registered at the end of December 2014. The growth is equivalent to 3.64% average growth rate, as Tigo registered the fastest growth rate during the first quarter of the current calendar year, said TCRA.