Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- CNN International and Skype have signed an exclusive advertising partnership around the network’s nightly programme ‘Connect the World’. Skype will advertise around the show’s ‘Connector of the Day' feature segment and will have exclusive advertising presence within the show’s website and dedicated mobile WAP site.

- Zain Ghana, Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS) and Research in Motion (RIM) have introduced the world's first clickable touch screen smartphone known as the Blackberry solution in Ghana. The Blackberry solution brings together smartphones, software, and services to allow easy wireless access to E-mail, phone, calendar, web, multimedia and other business and lifestyle applications.

- Libyan Airline will be the first African airline to offer in-flight mobile phone calls and internet access, when it new A320 aircraft are delivered in 2010.The airline has ordered for a new fleet of Airbus A320s, which will be installed with Mobile OnAir technology to allow passengers to make and receive phone-calls, send and receive text messages and emails, and access the internet, using mobile phones and PDAs. The seven new A320 aircraft, due to start flying next year will serves routes to Europe and the Middle East, with the exact destinations yet to be announced.

- Zain Kenya has unveiled two flat rate internet access packages for the prepaid market segment to increase uptake of data services days after hooking up to Seacom's undersea fibre optic. Customers will pay a minimum flat rate of Sh250 to gain unlimited access to the Internet for one day. This package can also be subscribed to for a maximum of 30 days at a cost of Sh3,250. Alternatively customers will be required to subscribe to the bundled offer at Sh100 for 25 MB.