TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

-Mobile operator , Celtel in Niger has announced an investment of 23 billion CFA francs for 2007 in order to expand and improve its network coverage.

- The global trade association representing GSM mobile operators in 218 countries has released a study that shows Ugandan mobile users are one of the most taxed in the world. Uganda's excise tax on airtime is 12% compared to Kenya's 10% and Tanzania's 7%. In addition, 18% VAT is charged on airtime. Therefore, for every sh100 shillings of airtime a person uses, about sh30 goes into paying taxes.

- Starcomms Nigeria, the country's largest CDMA 3G mobile network has hit the 490,000 subscribers mark.

- Mo Telecom International , which provides international calling services in Uganda has already has presence in Kampala, Busia, Tororo and Mbale but will soon be extending its coverage to the West.

- Safaricom, the largest mobile operator in Kenya has reached 5.9 millions subscribers and is set to reach 6 millions this month.

- MTC Namibia, a GSM operator in Namibia will be launching a service known as the Push-To-Talk over Cellular (PoC). This commercial launch takes place after a successful trial that was conducted for the month of December 2006 with the Namibian Police.