Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- In Uganda, MTN's ARPU has declined, according to its latest figures. On average, each MTN caller spent US$6 (Approx. Shs 11,000) on calls in the September Quarter compared to US$7 (Approx. Shs 13,000) which is a 9% drop in revenue contribution to the group. Ugandans were spending up to US$8 on MTN calls in 2008 and US$10 in 2007. In 2002, MTN's ARPU in Uganda was US$30.

- Tigo Rwanda, the third mobile operator in the country has launched commercial operation this week. The new mobile operator has so far registered over 30,000 subscribers. The company announced it had put in place base stations in 111 network sites with 26 in Kigali and the rest in the provinces. Currently, Tigo has 53% of the network population coverage. The network is live in 13 out of 30 districts in the country. On the same day MTN Rwanda has launched the MTN Multi Media Messaging (MMS).

- Research In Motion (RIM) announces that BlackBerry App World is now available to BlackBerry smartphone users in South Africa. The on-device application store brings together a broad mix of free personal and business applications for South African customers to discover.