Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

*In South Africa, Vodacom has thrown down the gauntlet to competitors with the launch of a R1.40 all-day voice call tariff to all mobile operators. Shameel Joosub, the MD of Vodacom SA, said the new rate is the "lowest per-minute rate to mobile networks available to prepaid customers anywhere in SA".

He said Vodacom will bill in 30-second increments after the first minute, as opposed to other offers in the market, which are billed in 60-second increments after the first minute. Vodacom has also introduced a flat rate of 50c per SMS for text messages - the same as 8ta. But 8ta gives 50 free SMSes after five sent messages.

* Kigali — Mobile subscribers in Rwanda grew by 44.7% between January and September this year, the industry regulator shows. Statistics obtained from Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) indicate that mobile users grew from 2,497,170 in January to 3,615,467 in September. This is more than a half of the government target of 6 million users by 2012 an indication that the market is growing fast.