Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- CellOne is getting a name change. After being sold to Egyptian-based telecoms giant Orascom Telecom Holdings in January, the company has announced that it will change its name to Leo (pronounced lay-o). The name was taken from the Swahili word meaning "today", while also representing the Spanish "lion", Chief Commercial Officer Chris Keeping said.

- Nigeria’s National Antimobile phone theft scheme has received a boost as two leading mobile phone operators, MTN Nigeria and Zain Nigeria, have now hooked on to the network of the service provider, NetVisa Nigeria Limited. The connection allows both firms to offer their subscribers a service whereby when they report their phones as stolen; such phones would be rendered unusable in any mobile network in Nigeria.

- The largest providers of mobile communication service in Liberia, Lonestar has made communication much cheaper with the introduction of sim cards that are rechargeable with scratch cards purchased in Liberian dollars. Known as the Liberty Sim card, the company introduced the new scratch cards which can be purchased in Liberia dollars on the market making those financial incapable of affording United States dollars before purchasing scratch cards to buy directly in Liberian dollars.