Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Nigerian smart phone maker, Anabel Mobile has slashed all brands of its mobile phones including PS200, PS185Y, PS100, effizzy, Ice and MP3 players by 10%. According to President and Chief Executive Officer of Anabel, Mr Nicholas Okoye said that the price slash was necessary so as to allow more entertainment fans and other Nigerians to own Anabel phones and other products which have continued to attract high patronage in the market.

- In Kenya, mobile phone service subscribers on the yu network can now call at a flat rate of Sh6 under a new a tariff. The company's chief commercial officer Kunal Ramteke said subscribers will now enjoy the round the clock flat rate on their phone calls billed per second adding this rate is applicable across all networks in Kenya.

- The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) says the upgrading of its nationwide wireless backbone and the backhaul network of its mobile subsidiary be Mobile by Ceragon Network is ongoing after the Israeli company was awarded a $1.5 million (P9.96 million) contract earlier this year.

- Telma Mobile has launched the first 3G+ services in Madagascar. The 3G+ services being offered include high-speed mobile data, video calling, and will soon include mobile TV channels. As part of a nationwide initiative to bring computing and mobile broadband access to rural Madagascar, Telma Mobile’s 3G+ service also enables access to basic necessity products pricing, e-learning, e-medicine, and creates new business opportunities.

- MTN Cameroon, has announced that it has successfully launched ‘MTN Virtual’, a service that considerably transforms the economics of individual telephony access and has enabled MTN to gain rapid entry into the vast and under-penetrated BOP (base of pyramid) consumer segment. MTN Virtual is based on Comviva’s award-winning Virtual SIM solution. Virtual SIM requires no special handsets, SIM cards or additional client software - it works instantly on all mobile handsets.

- Somalian subscribers have finally gained the benefits of one code and one rate for the whole of their country. Somafone will expand its seamless mobile network with Tecore hosted managed services. Mogadishu Somafone, a GSM mobile network operator in Somalia, has launched the service in the Puntland region, including Garowe, Galkaio, Bosaso and other cities.

­The market for mobilising Social Networks in Latin America and Africa is set to increase ten-fold to 527 million users by 2015, according to research announced today by Frost & Sullivan and Colibria. Within six years Frost & Sullivan estimates the combined market will be worth almost US$2.4 billion, with growth being driven by increased availability of the Internet, mainly through mobile phones.