Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage - In Brief

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

­Tanzania based mobile network, Zantel has announced a national roaming deal with Zain Tanzania that will expand its network by 236 base stations, a move that has connected its services to almost every village in the country. "This extension has been made possible through an agreement Zantel has signed with Zain Tanzania to roam on its network. The new sites are in areas that Zain has exclusive network coverage," Zantel acting Chief Commercial Officer Nitish Malik said.

- Comium Gambia has Launched Victims Assistance Service in favour of flood victims in Western Region. The 45 days service would allow people to call or text 6161 after which D5 will be deducted and after the 45 days, the total amount raised will be presented to the National Disaster Management Agency for onward distribution to disaster victims across the country.

- South African wireless operator Cell C has confirmed that its 900MHz HSPA+ network is now operational in the cities of Durban and Pietermartizburg. This announcement follows successful launches in Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, East London and Cape Town in recent weeks.

- Rwandan telecoms operator Rwandatel has announced that its mobile subscriber base has grown to 600,000 following the launch of a low-cost call tariff, local daily The New Times reports. According to telecoms regulator Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA), Rwandatel had registered 443,534 active subscribers in June this year. Rwandatel's corporate communications manager, Cleophas Kabasiita, attributed the increase to the launch of a new tariff which offers on-net calls at RWF3 (USD0.005) per minute and attracted 156,466 subscribers in less than three months.