Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Nigeria’s CDMA operator, Starcomms, has slashed its international tariff from twelve naira (N12.00k) to ten (N10.00k) naira in some destinations, and from eighteen (N18.00k) naira to ten (N10.00k) naira. The tariff covers top destinations across the world like the United States of America, China, Canada and the United Kingdom. Others include India and Hong Kong.

- Mobile operator, Orange Uganda has appointed technology firm Alcatel-Lucent to maintain and repair its network, in a move to dramatically reduce their network maintenance costs and improve operating efficiencies.

- Botswana Telecommunication Corporation's (BTC) mobile operator, be MOBILE, has doubled its customer base in the past five months to reach 200, 000 active users of its network. Be Mobile was launched in October 2008.

- MTN Uganda is to start international money transfer services, the chief marketing officer, Isaac Nsereko, has said. The development not only shifts the competition terrain to a geographical level, but ushers the telecoms into one of the most capitalised industries, international remittances. Uganda's remittances from abroad were $724m in 2008, down from $786m in 2007 as a result of the global economic crisis.

- Telkom Kenya is planning to launch a triple play service that supports voice, data and television, as it repositions itself in the increasingly competitive telecoms environment.

- Worried by the difficulties faced by subscribers in recharging their phones in recent times, MTN Nigeria has explained and apologised to affected subscribers, blaming the situation on technical hitches.