Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- MTN Nigeria leveraged on end to end communications solutions expertise of Ericsson Nigeria, to launch one of the largest switches in the world. MTN says the development was in a move to improve quality of service and significantly improve customer experience on the network. The new switch has the capacity to handle up to 8 million subscribers at a time, depending on subscribers' call behaviour.

­Ecoweb, Zimbabwe's largest internet access and service provider, is poised to deploy the country's first mobile WiMAX network. Ecoweb is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country's largest telecoms company.

- Reuters is reporting that Kenya's largest cellco by subscribers, Safaricom, plans to start testing LTE services on its network later this year. ‘The reason why we are looking at testing 4G is because it is a natural technology growth from 3G to 4G,’ CEO Michael Joseph told Citizen Television.

- Sicap, confirmed mobile solutions provider across Africa, has announced the launch of cash-in, cash-out mobile money services on specially designed ATMs. The cash transactions are accounted for on the customer’s mobile account, so no bank account or card is required. For operators, the mobile money ATM offer from Sicap constitutes a secure circuit for a variety of money transfer scenarios.

- Telecom Namibia officially re-launched its CDMA mobile voice service 'Switch' with extensive coverage of rural areas on Wednesday 24 March 2010, reports Namibian news source New Era, ten months after the government lifted mobility restrictions on the service.

- LAP Green Networks, the subsidiary of the Libyan government’s investment arm Libya Africa Investments Portfolio (LAP), will rebrand all of its African telecoms operations under the GreenN brand, Rwandan daily The New Times reports. LAP Green holds stakes in six operators across the continent, including incumbent telcos Rwandatel of Rwanda (80%) and Uganda Telecom (UTL, 69%), as well as Sonitel in Niger and Cote d’Ivoire-based Sahelcom.