Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Uganda’s WARID Telecom customers base has hit 1.2 million, the chief executive officer (CEO), Zul Javaid, said, during the opening of a new switching centre. The mobile operator targets to have 6 million customers by the end of this year.

- Tanzanian mobile operator MIC Tanzania (Tigo, the local operating unit of Millicom International Cellular (MIC), signed up around 372,000 new customers in the first three months of this year to take its total base to more than 2.66 million active subscribers.

- Internet telephony specialist Vyke Communications has signed a distribution deal covering the Middle East and Africa with U2-Soft, an associate company of i2 Group, a mobile phone distributor. The deal covers the Vyke product suite, which will be sold over-the-counter or pre-installed on phone handsets distributed by U2-Soft. In 2008 i2 Group distributed more than 15m Nokia handsets in 22 countries in the Middle East and Africa region.

- Ghana’s mobile telephony industry records over 3.8m subscribers in 2008. MTN had been continuing to dominate with its market share never falling below 50% and actually rising in the last three quarters.