Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- In Nigeria, CDMA operator, Starcomms Plc, has introduced tracking service for its subscribers in the country tagged 'StarTrack.' Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Starcomms, Maher Qubain, said that the location based services are deployed in most part of the world by many telecommunications companies to assist their subscribers identify the whereabouts of their friends, family and members among others.

- Zain Tanzania has launched the Zain Biashara Community, a business initiative geared towards empowering SMEs around the country. Working with the Business Development Gateway (BDG) under the auspices of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), East Africa Speakers Bureau (ESB) and the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA), Zain will offer eligibility to every SME that joins these business and investment entities to also join the Zain Biashara Community. By becoming a Zain Biashara Community member, every SME will benefit from communication support, funding to some programmes as well as bulk sms to database with various updates.

- The liberalisation of the Cape Verdean telecommunications sector in 2006 made it possible for the number of mobile phone subscribers to rise three-fold from 100,000 to around 300,000, a government source said. In the same period, he said, the total number of subscription television contracts had risen five-fold from 1,300 to around 7,000, whilst the number of Internet subscribers had doubled, rising from 7,000 to 15,000 users.