Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Zain has added its Sierra Leone’s operations in its 'One Network' mobile service.

- Rwandatel, Rwanda's second largest telecom company by market unveiled its post-paid package, targeting 5000 customers for the product by December this year.

- Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s largest telecommunications company, last week launched its range of branded mobile phone handsets. The phones will be sold in a value starter-pack that includes a SIM card and airtime. Two models of the phones will be sold initially, but the company announced plans to launch more models in the near future.

- Moroccan fixed-wireless and 3G mobile operator Wana and Chinese equipment provider ZTE have completed what they claim to be the world’s first trial of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. B technology on a commercial network. According to ZTE’s press release, the trial, which was conducted in collaboration with technology developer Qualcomm, demonstrated the next generation of EV-DO technology in a fully mobile environment by delivering a peak download rate of 8.8Mbps and a maximum upload rate of 5.36Mbps on the application layer.