Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

­ South Africa's Vodacom has launched a vehicle tracking service in cooperation with Tracker and Sierra Wireless. The inSIM embedded SIM component was designed and developed by Wavecom, now part of Sierra Wireless, and will be used by Tracker, a stolen vehicle recovery and fleet management company. Vodacom provides Tracker with its network services.

- A price cutting war is now under way between the Mozambican mobile phone company M-Cel, and its South African-owned rival, Vodacom. M-cel has announced a 20 per cent cut in the tariffs of all clients on contracts, taking effect as from 1 October - a clear response to the 10 per cent cut in post-paid calls announced by Vodacom on 23 September. M-cel boasts that the price cut means that it now offers the lowest tariffs for mobile phone contracts in the country.

- MTN Rwanda, the country’s largest cellco by subscribers, has invested over USD2 million in the deployment of infrastructure required for its ‘MTN Zone’ service, reports local daily The New Times, citing the company’s CEO, Khaled Mikkawi. MTN has been working with equipment vendor Ericsson on the deployment of MTN Zone, which offers mobile subscribers discounts on calls based on the amount of capacity available on the network at their current location.

- Nigerian CDMA operator Starcomms has launched a promotion allowing subscribers to call India, Hong Kong, the US, Canada, China and the UK for NGN10 (USD0.068) per minute.