Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans, said the company will invest two billion dollars to build network infrastructure in Nigeria over the next three years. He announced this while attending a network rollout in Sokoto. He stated that the firm currently has the capacity to accommodate four million subscribers and had already ordered for equipment that will be able to accommodate 12 million subscribers. The company has the objective of achieving the target of 45 percent coverage of the nation this year and 80 percent coverage by 2010.

- Telecommunications giant, Globacom has entered into a partnership with the National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF) in a drive to build a database of over two million footballers across the country including their family members and fans.

- Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has begun deploying mobile network equipment worth USD200 million through contracts with Ericsson of Sweden and China’s ZTE, reports The Zimbabwe Guardian. Base station and core network equipment is scheduled to be installed between July and December, with expansion and upgrades in northern parts of the country being carried out by Ericsson and southern regions the responsibility of ZTE, and the rollout cost split approximately 50/50 between the two vendors.

- Malawian mobile operator Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has partnered with African wireless application service provider Starfish Mobile International to introduce a range of mobile content services, writes local news source Nyasa Times. The launch will enable subscribers to access a number of value added services (VAS) including news and sport updates via SMS, exchange rates, horoscopes and ringback tones.