Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Mobile operator Tigo Rwanda has announced a new promotional package for its customers, slashing call tariffs by 88.9 percent from Rwf90 to Rwf10 per minute. The promotion, which is considered the biggest in the company's first year of operation, could last for six months. It is only applicable on Tigo to Tigo calls.

- MXit launched the first multiplayer educational game on a mobile instant messenger (IM) at the beginning of the year and it has already seen over 30,000 players registered for the game and over 180,000 hours of game-play per day. “We provide 30 minutes of free gaming per day, after which we charge a minimal fee of about ZAR 10 cents. The development of these games signals the beginning of our commitment to do our bit for education in this country and we hope to gain substantial tracking in other parts of Africa, such as Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and other countries,” says Herman Heunis, CEO and founder of MXit.

- Zap, Zain’s mobile commerce service that allows customers to use their mobile phones like a mobile wallet to pay for goods and services and conduct banking services regardless of the type of handset they use, was launched in Accra, Ghana.

Zain Ghana is the seventh Zain mobile operation to launch Zap following the successful implementation of the service in Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda.

- Ghana is the first African country to use the Free Google SMS - the latest product of the Internet search giant that allows Gmail users to send text messages to mobile phones at no cost. "These people keeps surprising and you never know what they would come up with next," a fascinated Gmail user Adjei noted.