Telcoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage: In Brief

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

* Zain Kenya has announced a cut in international call rates, with all pre and post-paid customers now able to call certain destinations around the globe for KES10 (USD0.11) per minute. The KES10 per minute charge will apply to calls made to the US, UK, India and Canada, whilst a KES20 per minute fee will be charged for calls to South Africa, East Africa, China and United Arab Emirates. Calls elsewhere will cost KES30 per minute.

* Namibia's second mobile phone operator leo has added to its growing product portfolio by launching two new pre-paid products, namely, leo10 and leo20.
leo10 is a pre-paid card for airtime costing N$10, while leo20 is a pre-paid card for N$20 worth of airtime.

* Following years of delay, Kenyan mobile phone users will be able to switch networks without changing their numbers by the end of the year, following the award of a licence to manage the service. Mobile number portability (MNP) has long been a contentious issue in Kenya, and it was not until March 2010 that Porting Access of the Netherlands was awarded a contract to supply, install, commission, and manage MNP services. Those wishing to switch operators while retaining their numbers will pay a one-off fee of KES199.80.

* South African incumbent Telkom has targeted a hike in tariffs for calls to Zimbabwe, a move meant to boost international interconnection revenues and mitigate losses.

* As competition in Rwanda's telecommunication industry continues to intensify, the country's second largest telecommunication operator by market share, Rwandatel, says that active mobile subscribers on its network have increased by 5 percent in the last four months. This is 16 percent less than the company's 600,000 target in 2009.