Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Pioneer cable channel, Supersports, mobile handset manufacturers, Nokia and telecommunication giants, MTN have devised a means to bring matches of the 2010 World Cup live to football enthusiasts in Nigeria even when they are stuck in traffic. The companies unveiled a mobile handset, Nokia 5330 which is specially designed to convey DStv signals only for MTN subscribers. Announcing the partnership with the other two allied services companies, Mayo Okunola, general manager, Dstv (West Africa), told a crowded press conference in Lagos that the tripartite arrangement was aimed at pushing the frontiers entertainment by making compelling live television coverage available to Nigerians on their mobile handsets.

- According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, mobile handset sales in South Africa will grow a healthy 17 percent to 11 million units in 2010. Growth is being driven by economic recovery and the feel-good factor of the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament. South Africa is the fourth largest handset market in Africa. Nokia and Samsung are currently the top two vendors in South Africa and they will benefit from South Africa's rising volumes.

- For as low as US$0.10 each, Sierra Leoneans worldwide can now send and receive SMS messages through an international text messaging platform launched by U.S.-based Teleficient. The service, which connects with all mobile carriers worldwide, can be accessed up via the company’s website, and allows messages to be sent by either mobile phone or computer. This way, Sierra Leoneans can text for a flat rate of $0.10 per international text wherever you have mobile phone or can access the Internet.

- Mobile solutions provider Thumbtribe has created a directory of top local mobile sites called 'Best of the mobile Web'. According to the company, the directory focuses on the top South African mobi-sites where users can find content divided into 17 categories, including news, sport, celebrities, brands, and downloads. Sites include well-known media brands like MNet, TimesLive, Junkmail, Private Property, Car, Getaway, Soccer Laduma, You magazine, Shape and Sports Illustrated, among others.