Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Kenya Airways has entered an agreement with mobile telephone operator Safaricom to allow domestic travellers to book and pay for flights using the latter`s money transfer service M-Pesa, reports. In order to access the service, which is dubbed Safaricom Easy Travel, travellers need a web-enabled mobile that uses either GPRS, EDGE or 3G technology. Safaricom Easy Travel is an integration of airline ticketing software and M-Pesa which enables users to select an available flight and pay for it from their M-Pesa balance. Users can purchase tickets to a maximum value of Sh70,000 a day.

- Glo Mobile has introduced a new telephone package to boost the revenue earning capacity of Commercial Telephone Operators (CTOs) across Nigeria. Called Glo Profit, the offer is a prepaid tariff package which charges a flat rate of 25k per second for calls to all GSM networks, once the call operator reaches a daily usage of N150 worth of calls. In addition to the reduced call tariff, which is the lowest in the market, the new package does not attract any daily rental fees.

- Telkom's Orange has announced a 70 per cent drop in international call charges made from its network in Kenya. The offer has been divided into six global geographical zones with each zone having different call rate charges. In the new tariff structure, subscribers calling to the USA, UK (Fixed), India and China which is in zone one will make their calls at Sh10 representing a more than 70 discount.

- Research In Motion has announced the launch of the new BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone for customers in South Africa. The new smartphone is now available from MTN and Vodacom countrywide.