Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- MTN Rwanda has opened a new Rwf 25 million customer service centre in Rwamagana District Eastern Province.

- Data just released by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) shows that the country was home to a total of 17.642 million fixed and mobile subscriptions at the end of 2009, up from 13.130 million a year earlier, a combined teledensity of 43% (32%, 2008). Of the total subscriptions recorded at end-2009 17.469 million were cellular connections to one of the country’s leading mobile operators.

- Zambian mobile network operator MTN Zambia has revealed it has set aside USD25 million for upgrade and expansion projects in 2010, according to the Times of Zambia. A bulk of that investment will go towards expanding the cellco’s network to those districts that it does not yet cover, and MTN CEO Farhad Khan noted that work was already underway in seven such regions: Shang’ombo in Western Province; Chiengi, Chilubi and Milengi in Luapula; Chama in Eastern Province; and Chavuma and Kasempa in North Western Province.