TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Mozambique's publicly owned mobile phone company M-cel has announced that it is slashing the cost of calls from the M-Cel network to fixed phones by 50 per cent. This price cut is a serious blow to its competitor, the South African company, Vodacom. Both companies have engaged in an advertising battle the like of which Mozambique has never seen before.

- In Zimbabwe, NetOne subscribers currently burdened by network problems will have to pay more to talk as the service provider has hiked tariffs by more than 1,000 percent to try and stay ahead of rocketing inflation.

- Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile operator, last week announced the reduction of its calling rates by 50 percent. In the new calling rates plan, the cost of calls is reduced from 50 shillings per minute to 25 shillings during off peak periods and 30 shillings during peak periods.

- South Africa-based pan-African telecoms company MTN Group has announced it is rebranding its Ghanaian unit Spacefon Areeba under the MTN umbrella, soon. It is also rebranding its Areeba operation in Benin.

- i2, a mobile phone provider has successfully inaugurated its newest service center in Dakar, Senegal.