Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

* Etisalat has partnered with Samsung Electronics West Africa to unveil in Nigeria , the latest Samsung mobile communication gadget, the Samsung Galaxy Tab for the first time in Africa . The product was first launched in Korea , the home of Samsung, before the Nigeria Launch in Lagos last week.The Galaxy Tab meets the needs of high end phone users who are the dynamic business executives whose lives will be enhanced through the innovative services offerings of the mobile phone that allows up to 75 thousand free application downloads, allowing people to do a lot of smart things, including video calls on 3G.It is available in all Etisalat experience centres and comes with a one year free bundled data, SMS and voice call.

* At the end of September 2010 Orascom’s total subscriber base stood at 103.32 million, with Telecel Globe almost doubling its customer numbers against end-September 2009 to 2.95 million

*Luanda — The private mobile phone company Unitel launches this Tuesday, in Luanda, the "Facebook SMS", a new service for the country, that allows customers to get access to this social network from their cell phones, any time and place.* Econet near-trebled its subscribers to 4.59 million at the end of August, from 1.65 million a year earlier.

*Moroccan telecoms group Maroc Telecom has reported reaching a total of 25.1 million customers across its domestic and international operations by the end of September 2010, up 17% year-on-year, reflecting sustained growth in its mobile user base in Morocco – up by 9.8% – and especially at its African subsidiaries, where it reached a combined total of almost 6.3 million mobile customers, up 58% versus the same date in 2009.

*This week, Econet Wireless reached another milestone in its mission to consolidate its top position as the biggest (and most profitable) telecommunications company in Zimbabwe. The mobile operator has reached 4.6 million subscribers and aims to surpass the 5 million mark by Christmas.

*Movitel, the Vietnamese military-backed cellco that acquired Mozambique’s hotly contested third mobile phone licence this week, has announced its intention to invest USD400 million in its new network, aiming to achieve 85% population coverage within five years of launch.