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Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

* South African cellular operator Vodacom has teamed up with On Demand Group to launch mobile TV subscription on-demand services to its 3G user base. The companies claim that the ‘TV:On Demand’ service, including TV series, music videos and other content, is the first of its kind available in Africa, allowing mobile users to watch what they want on demand, at any time. A monthly subscription costs ZAR75 (USD10.33), or a week’s access can be obtained for ZAR20.

* Nigerian fixed-wireless operator Starcomms has announced the launch of an inter-standard roaming service allowing the company’s CDMA subscribers to roam on the networks of both CDMA and GSM companies in 221 countries across the world. The new roaming service offers the operator’s customers seamless access to international mobile roaming on all wireless technology networks, greatly expanding Starcomms’ network coverage outside of Nigeria and simplifying the roaming experience of customers travelling abroad.

* Telkom has recently announced that 100% of their exchanges are now ADSL enabled, which consist of 4,000 digital subscriber line access multiplexers, serving approximately 647,462 ADSL customers country wide. Telkom currently has 4.273 million fixed line subscribers which mean that there is still a significant growth potential in terms of ADSL fixed line penetration.

* Neotel has increased its portfolio of Data Centre facilities with the launch of a second Tier 3 Data Centre in Cape Town. Neotel's first Data Centre was launched in June 2009 at the Neotel premises in Midrand, Johannesburg. According to Neotel its new Cape Town based data centre will strengthen its position in providing outsourced hosting services, managed services and hosted applications.