Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Angola Telecom will launch a new digital exchange in Moxico this week with the capacity of 528 telephone lines, said Wednesday the company's director, Mbungo Lutumba. It also added capacity for 1,500 CDMA fixed wireless lines.

- Angola mobile phone company Unitel has announced that it has reached five million users, this year, countrywide.

- The inhabitants of Eden semi-urban center in Elabered sub-zone in Eritrea expressed satisfaction with the access they have got to 24-hour automatic telephone service.

- Rwandatel has started the exercise of changing the use of its CDMA mobile phones to its newly acquired GSM network. This month will see some 20,000 Rwandatel clients receive new handsets and it will also push the company's GSM subscribers to 300,000.

- Kuwait-based mobile group Zain has added Internet access, e-mail, MMS, BlackBerry services and mobile portal applications to its ‘One Network’ local rate voice and SMS international roaming scheme. The data services can now be accessed at local rates by its subscribers roaming across Zain networks in Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and by the end of the year the list will include all African subsidiaries currently covered by One Network.

- Zimbabwe's largest mobile operator by subscribers, Econet Wireless, has resumed the sale of pre-paid lines, following recent upgrades to network capacity and regulatory clearance to charge users in foreign currency. Econet released more than 50,000 SIM cards for sale.

- Orange Cameroun is expanding its WiMAX network to the northern cities of Garoua, Maroua and Kousseri, according to internet news website CameroonOnline.

- In Tanzania, Zantel has introduced high speed, unlimited pre-paid Internet service based on 3G technology known as ZConnect. The new unlimited High Speed Internet packages for pre-paid customers will cost as low as 6,000/- per day for daily subscription, 30,000/- a week for weekly package and 90,000/- for month-long internet usage. ZConnect service is available in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Pemba, Tanga, Dodoma, Morogoro, Arusha, Moshi, Mwanza, Tabora, Musoma, Shinyanga, Mbeya, Iringa and Ruvuma.

- MTN Group, Africa's biggest mobile-phone company, has released the Android-based HTC Dream smart phone in South Africa and is expected to start sales in 22 other countries.