TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAG

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- The anniversary promotion embarked on by Celtel Nigeria to reward loyal subscribers has, instead, turned out to be a nightmare as the network's capacity to originate or terminate most calls failed over the last two weekends.

- Zimbabwe’s mobile network operators, Econet Wireless, Telecel and NetOne, have been ordered to reduce call charges by up to 1000% as part of an emergency government initiative to combat hyperinflation in the country, which reached officially 4,500% in May.

- Vodacom Tanzania customers can now access e-mails from their handset, without purchasing new devices providing their handset is e-mail enabled. The new service is targeted at the business sector in Tanzania.

- Celtel Gabon has reduced its calling rates to international destinations by up to 36%.

Calls to destinations in Central and West Africa have gone down from FCFA350  (US$0.6) to FCFA280 (US$0.56) while calls to France, China, Lebanon and UAE have been reduced from FCFA400 (US$0.8) to FCFA290 (US$0.58)