Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage: In Brief

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage
* Tanzanian mobile services provider Zantel has announced the launch of a new uniform call rate plan to other networks, marking a new wave of competition in the cut throat domestic sector. The East African Business Week newspaper reports that Zantel’s offer called 'Twanga Kote Kote' (call anywhere) gives its subscribers freedom to make calls at any time to any network in Tanzania for only TZS1.99 (USD0.00133) per second, down from TZS5.50 per second previously - a 68% reduction. The operator’s move is likely to be followed by other market players, while Peter Saluwati, the Executive Director for the national regulator, the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA), welcomed the development, saying that lowering the across network charges was ‘good news’ for end users. * Kigali — Tigo Rwanda has attracted more mobile subscribers in the last three months, taking over Rwandatel's position as the second largest cellphone company, by subscriber base. Mobile subscribers have increased by 20.9 percent from March to June 2010 from 2,722,236 users to 3,293,891 overall. However, RURA figures also indicate that Tigo Rwanda claimed the bigger percentage of that market growth. The figures indicate that ,overall, teledensity now stands at 31.7 percent with MTN Rwanda claiming 22 percent, Tigo 5.3 percent and Rwandatel 4.4 percent. Teledensity refers to the number of telephone subscriptions per 100 people. Rwanda targets 6 million subscribers by 2012. * Interconnect tariff is the price a telephone company charges you when you call its customers from another network. The charge has been Sh4.21 but has now been reduced to Sh2.21. The new charges take effect on September 1. *South Africa-based MTN Group has unveiled its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2010, announcing an 11.4% increase in aggregate users, to 129.2 million subscribers.