Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Ugandans will now have to press harder to be able to use telecom services as telephone firms increased their call tariffs. Over the weekend, MTN announced a 9% increase in phone rates across the board for callers on PayGo Standard, Yellomax, YelloGo, Yellopersecond, MTN LateChart and MTNZone.

­Mobile ad agency, mKhoj has reported that the market share of mobile internet traffic from Nokia handsets in South Africa has dropped from 46% in January to 39% last month. Samsung currently holds 33% of the market, and rose from 20% in January. The iPhone made its entrée into the market, but only contributes 0.06% of the total network traffic, making it a relatively small but growing player.

The top five handsets by market share are as follows: Samsung SGH E250 - 9.16%;

Samsung A110 - 4.93%; Nokia N90 - 4.54%; Nokia N70 - 2.93%; Samsung M620 - 2.60%

- In Uganda Shell, Total and Mogas have entered into a partnership with Zain to enable clients use the ZAP service. ZAP enables Zain subscribers to use their phones to transfer money, pay bills, top up airtime and buy goods and services. Customers will be able to buy fuel, purchase goods in the fuel stations' shops and even get their vehicles serviced using ZAP.

- Vodafone Ghana has roped in 800,000 more customers nationwide since its launch in April this year, making it the fastest growing network in the country, Major Albert Don Chebe (rtd), Head of Corporate Communications, said in Sunyani last week.