Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- MTN Nigeria has unveiled a new service called MTN Group Connect. According to Derek Appiah, Chief Enterprise Solutions Officer, MTN Group Connect, would make it possible for telephone users to have seamless conference calls at no extra cost beyond the cost of normal telephone calls.

- SMS media, a Ugandan mobile phone information company has joined two international firms to increase the quantity and variety of leisure content that phone users in Uganda can access. The Kampala-based company has partnered with Australian-based Mobile Entertainment Service, and Mobitrans International a Dubai-based content provider to introduce Mozook, an information service delivered via Short Messaging Services (SMS).

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

- A newly launched SMS service will enable students who sit national exams to get their results immediately after they are released by the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB).

- Nigerian CDMA operator Starcomms has expanded its mobile and fixed services to the cities of Jos and Bauchi, local newspaper Leadership Nigeria reports. Subscribers in the two cities and the surrounding areas are now able to enjoy fixed and mobile telephony, as well as data and value added services.

- Mobile operator Zain has announced the expansion of 'Zap', its mobile commerce service to the African nations of Niger, Sierra Leone and in the boundaries of a full commercial pilot in Malawi. The move follows the successful launch of the service in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in February.