In brief

17 August 2017

Telecoms

-South Africa: Telkom is removing the SmartPlans, SmartSaver Plans, and Unlimited Lite contracts from its website encouraging users to try its FreeMe products instead. Telkom’s FreeMe plans were launched in 2016 and offer smartphone users a data-first package with free minutes and free instant messaging usage – including WhatsApp.

-Nigeria: Globacom has begun providing a series of Free Access telephone lines to the entire Civil Service of Nigeria, Tribune reported. The lines are programmed under a Closed User Group (CUG) platform. The lines will be documented in a formal directory with the names and ministries of domicile of all public servants at the federal level. The public servants can save time, and the service reduce organisations' communications equipment costs. The CUG lines foster productivity and efficiency, too.

-Airtel Nigeria has re-launched Overjara Back to Sender, in the Smart Connect series, to help sign up new subscribers. The Smart Connect series began in 2015 with a 200 percent bonus on recharges. In 2016, the bonus increased to 600 percent and by September 2016, it was 800 percent.  Overjara Back to Sender not only gives eight times the value of one's recharge every time, but at the end of the month, the total value of all one's recharges that month are rebated to the customer as data bonus. To get bonus data within the month, the minimum recharge is NGN 200.