TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Telecom Namibia announced that it had expanded its wireless CDMA infrastructure to nine more towns and settlements in Namibia including Rehoboth, Mariental, Opuwo, Grootfontein, Rundu, Katima Mulilo, Okakarara, Oshivelo and Onesi.

- Celtel customers in Kenya are now able to send and receive images to or from Safaricom subscribers. This follows the signing of an interconnection agreement between Celtel and Safaricom. The multi-media message service is charged at Sh15.

Messages larger than 50 kilobytes will be charged in blocks of 50 kilobytes at the same price of Sh15 a block.

-Uganda telecom (utl) landline subscribers have increased by 20% in five months. Uganda telecom connected nearly 20,000 new landline users in the last few months to reach an all-time-high of over 115,000 landlines from below 96,000 at the end of last year.

- Nigerian CDMA fixed-wireless operator Starcomms, one of the first recipients of a unified service licence in May 2006, has announced that in the next few weeks it will be launching services in the cities of Abuja, Onitsha, Aba, Asaba, Kaduna, Abeokuta and Zaria. The telco’s network is currently operational in Lagos, Ibadan, Kano, Maiduguri and Port Harcourt, serving around 500,000 subscribers.