Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Rwandatel, the second national telecom operator has currently hit 280,000 subscribers, the company's Public Relations Manager, Cleophas Kabasiita has said. Rwandatel which was officially launched last December has a target of 600,000 subscribers by the end of this year.

- Monopoly fixed line network operator Sierratel has launched a 3G CDMA network in the country with help from Chinese equipment vendor Huawei. The project was funded through a loan from the China Import-Export (Exim) Bank and complements the telco’s existing infrastructure with an extra 100,000 lines in Freetown and 14 other cities.

- Vodafone said it would introduce its “ring back tone” service to customers in emerging markets, a service only available to the company’s customers in India until now. Ring back tones lets a caller listen to a song or other audio clip chosen by the owner of the mobile device whose number was dialed, instead of letting the caller listen to a traditional dial tone.

- South Africa’s open source software company Breadbin Interactive will drive its mobile open source kiosks, branded as Freedom Toasters, to the rest of the continent. The mobile Freedom Toaster kiosks, built with a touch-screen interface, allow users to burn information, music, video, documents and software tools onto CD or flash drive, giving people access to a wealth of free information they did not have in the past.